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Today's News

  • Two women found shot to death

    Two women were found dead of gunshot wounds at a home on Eblen Street in Rockwood on Sunday.

    The case remains under investigation.

    "We're awaiting the autopsy report tomorrow," Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said Sunday. "It's possible that it may be a homicide-suicide."

    Stinnett said the bodies were discovered around 2:45 p.m.

    He identified the women as Chelci Miles and Destiny Vestal.

  • Roane County Schools closed Friday, Jan. 14

    Roane County Schools will be closed Friday, Jan. 14.

  • TWRA News

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will continue to accept comments through Jan. 19 concerning the proposal of a hunting season for sandhill cranes. 

  • This week's hoops schedule

    Monday, Jan. 10

    Harriman at Midway (Middle School)

    Oliver Springs at Lenoir City (Middle School)

    Rockwood at Cherokee (Middle School)

  • OSMS runs by Harriman

    Thursday night was a good night for the Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats and Lady ‘Cats picked up big wins over Harriman.

  • RMS sweeps Wartburg

    In between last week’s snow flakes, the Rockwood Middle School Tigers travelled to Wartburg and swept the Bulldogs.

    The Lady Tigers opened the evening with a narrow 33-28 victory over the Lady Bulldogs.

  • Ambulance committee meeting set

    Roane County Commission’s ambulance committee is scheduled to meet on Jan. 13 at the EMS office in Midtown.

    It will be the committee’s first meeting since new committee appointments were approved in October.

    Commissioner Ron Berry said the lack of meetings is shocking considering the problems facing the county’s ambulance department.

    “There just doesn’t seem to be any sense of urgency,” Berry said.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: A pin-striped fig leaf for Adam and Eve?

    Two miles in and six miles out was the running joke among the hikers I was with in Cumberland County on New Year’s Eve.

    The 50-degree weather was nice for the last day of December as we made our way down Black Mountain to Windlass Cave.

    The wind kicked up at intervals, necessitating some wardrobe adjustments, but we all had adequate layers.

    The couple of miles downhill was an easy romp. Even though we covered the same ground on the way out, it was all uphill — hence the joke about it being three times longer.

  • Who will get Midtown turf?

    The Tennessee Supreme Court heard arguments about the annexation dispute between Kingston and Harriman on Wednesday.

    “We have a very classic case of statutory interpretation,” attorney Thomas Hale argued on behalf of Kingston.

    The disputed territory is in Midtown, an area of the county that’s expected to boom because of a new state-of-the-art hospital that Covenant Health plans to build.

    Each city argued that the law was on its side.

  • Triage needed for ambulance dept.

    Ambulances will still be running in Roane County after June 30.

    Under whose operation is now in question.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said the financial situation facing the county’s ambulance department is so dire that he has to look into outsourcing the service.