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Today's News

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Facing winter with a warm glow -- for now

    Last Sunday evening, in the warm company of friends, I realized what I like best about winter.

    Friends Steve and Helen, who live on the edge of Catoosa Ridge, had cooked up a big pot of Mexican hominy stew and issued an all-call to their friends.

    Later, on their deck, the group of us admired the bare and twisted chestnut oak that dominates their viewshed and then turned a telescope up to the heavens to marvel at the moons of Jupiter.

  • Burglar strikes Rockwood official's home

    Rockwood police said they have nabbed a man suspected for burglarizing a city official’s home.

    Investigator James Perkins said Coty R. Barnwell, 21, was arrested on Nov. 18 and charged with aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000.

    Bill and Patricia Thompson reported the burglary at their Ellen Street home on Halloween.

    Bill Thompson is a Rockwood city councilman.  

    Items reported missing included jewelry, a pair of Nike shoes and checks.  

  • Raiders fall at Dyersburg State, 73-68

    Six days after picking up a big victory at Walters State, Randy Nesbit’s Roane State Raiders ran into a hot shooting group of Eagles from Dyersburg State and the result was a 73-68 loss.

  • MMS splits with Harriman

    The Harriman Middle School Blue Devils and Midway Green Waves locked horns in a pair of close games Monday night and in the end the long-time rivals would have to settle for a split in their two games.

  • MMS blasts Norwood

    The Midway Middle School Green Waves and Lady Waves picked up a pair of easy wins Tuesday night against Norwood.

    The Lady Waves took the floor first and cruised to a 50-23 victory then the boys took the floor and ended the evening with a 63-19 trouncing of the Jaguars.

  • Knee-jerking on religion puts freedom at risk

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Much of the news media seemed bemused or bewildered when Sharron Angle warned of an Islamic-law takeover in America during her unsuccessful bid to unseat Sen. Harry Reid.
    Angle was widely ridiculed for citing Frankford, Texas (a town that no longer exists), and Dearborn, Mich. (with a large population of Arab-Americans living under American law), as examples of the imposition of Islamic or sharia law.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.

    Aaron R. Cooper, seat belt law March 2. Dismissed March 8, cost to state.

    Aaron R. Cooper, fail to exercise due caution March 2. Dismissed March 8, cost to state.

    Kevin J. Waits, domestic assault March 26, 2009. Dismissed March 8, cost to defendant.

    Warren E. Dyer, probation violation Nov. 2, 2009. Guilty plea March 29, convicted.

  • Jaycie Brooklynn Mitchell

    Jaycie Brooklynn Mitchell of Rockwood turned 2 years old on Nov. 13.  

    She celebrated Nov. 14 with a party at a bounce house in Knoxville with family and friends.  

    She is the daughter of Miranda Mitchell of Rockwood.  

    Grandparents are Kendall and Joni Mitchell of Rockwood.

    Great-grandparents are Jerry and Cleta Brackett  and David and Trish Mitchell, all of Kingston, Peggy Carter of Rockwood and Thomas and Joyce Kirk of Knoxville.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 24

    25 Years Ago
    Ted Wagner Jr., a former Kingston resident, was featured with his Nashville-based band, Moment’s Notice, on the nationally syndicated “Star Search” television show. Wagner played bass guitar for the group, which had won on more of the talent-show-format series than any other group except Sawyer Brown. Wagner once played with Cheyenne, a Roane County-based band.

    10 Years Ago

  • Mystery play, homes part of Rockwood Christmas tour

    The 20th annual Rockwood Christmas Home Tour on Dec. 4-5 promises to be a magical experience.

    The Rockwood 2000 event, planned from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, will showcase seven historic homes and an historic church while holiday music plays throughout the day.  

    The homes will be decorated in their Christmas finery, and holiday food will be part of the tour.

    The historic Rockwood First Presbyterian Church will have music programs throughout the day.