Today's News

  • Airport head to get 10% pay hike; city workers 3%

    Rockwood officials approved a 3-percent across-the-board pay raise for city employees upon first reading of the 2011-12 budget last month.

    The proposed increase in pay comes without an increase in the city’s property-tax rate of 75 cents per $100 valuation.

    Also up for a raise — one of 10 percent — is Rockwood Municipal Airport manager Danny Collins. A contractor with the city, the raise will up his take-home pay to $35,000 a year.

  • No shirt, no shoes ... no court? Judge enforcing dress code

    Those with a court date before Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks will soon have to consider what they are wearing more carefully.

    Starting July 1, Wicks’ courtroom will have a dress code, something the judge said is an unfortunate result of a few inappropriately attired people.

    “This is something that has been brewing for the last couple of years, at least,” he said. “[Like in] so many cases, the actions of a few require rules to be created that affect everyone.”

  • Getaway from the heat

    Harriman resident Mike Burger sets sail on his Hobie Cat Getaway in Watts Bar Lake.

    He’s among the East Tennesseans who have sought refuge from the late spring heat wave on the water.

    The area’s waterways, pools and splash pads will continue to get a workout: forecasters are predicting temperatures in the 90s until Friday, with few chances of rain.

    But be careful out there: air-quality alerts were issued over the weekend.

  • Kindergarten — the new frontier

    Addison Berrier, Anna Givens, Nicholas Moog, Ayden Newton, Preston Schisler and Brandon Turnbill prepare to walk down the aisle and toward their future — kindergarten — during their graduation from Rockwood First Christian Church’s Mother’s Day Out program.

  • Tea Party candidate wants to represent all in Rockwood

    A candidate for Rockwood City Council is also a member of the Roane County Tea Party.

    If elected on Tuesday, Ron Harwell insists he won’t just be serving the interests of those in the city who share his Tea Party views.

    “The Tea Party is about being conservative,” he said. “There’s conservative Democrats, just like there’s conservative Republicans, and our party is open to all conservatives, not just the Republican Party.”

  • Neighbor: Bra-clad man broke in with knife

    A Kingston man chose some unusual attire for an alleged break-in on Gallaher Road.  

    “Victim ... stated that the neighbor, Brian Fowler, had busted her door in and came in with a knife and was wearing a bra and shorts,” the police report said.

    Fowler, 46, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

    The report said there was signs of forced entry on the door and door frame. The report also said a lock had been broken off the door.

  • Blender on kitchen love seat causes fire

    A kitchen is not where you expect to find a love seat.

    However, that’s what crews found when they responded to a trailer fire at 235 Pickard Hollow Road Thursday morning.

    Blair Volunteer Fire Department Chief Clarence Nelson said the love seat was in the kitchen.

    “There was a blender sitting on it,” Nelson

    The blender ignited, which caused the love seat to catch fire, the chief said.

  • Dump truck bump snarls traffic

    Police direct traffic at the intersection of Hwy. 70 and Pine Ridge Road on Friday after a dump truck damaged the traffic lights.

    Witnesses said the bed of the truck was up as the driver approached the intersection.

  • 'Star Wars' group to make appearance at Kingston book sale

    Kingston Library Foundation will have a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18 at Kingston Community Center.

    Money raised from this sale will go toward purchasing children’s books, large-print books, magazines and the newest best sellers.

    “We sincerely appreciate all your previous donations that made our book sales so profitable,” said Joyce Young of Kingston Library Foundation. “As in the past, we are requesting your help in donating your soft backed and hard backed books to the library for this sale.”

  • Red Cross going to one military contact number

    As part of an ongoing effort to better serve the military community, the American Red Cross is moving to a single telephone number for its emergency communication services.

    Beginning at 8 a.m. June 13, service members and their families can use one toll-free number — 877-272-7337 — to send an urgent message to a service member.

    “The Red Cross has always been there for us,” Robert L. Gordon III, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, said.