Today's News

  • King's Keeper
  • Walls giving back to Oliver Springs

    When people speak of great athletes in Oliver Springs, one name that always comes up is Eddie Walls. 

  • Bids awarded for construction of new elementary school

    A Knoxville company will build Roane County’s new elementary school.

    The new school will be located on Ollis Road near Oliver Springs.

    The school board plans to close Dyllis Elementary School after the new school is built.

    The Roane County Board of Education selected Rouse Construction for the project during a special-called meeting last month.

    “We’re excited,” Rouse project manager Alan Calhoun said. “It’s a big thing for Roane County, and it’s a big thing for us.”

  • Ambulance outsourcing off the table

    Roane County is no longer considering outsourcing its entire ambulance operation.  

    “Not at this juncture,” County Executive Ron Woody said. “We’re at a point in time where we think this thing can turn around.”

    Getting there has required some changes. Director Gloria Wright was demoted in April.

    She retired instead of continuing in a lesser position with the department.

  • Sheriff's office seeks to add one detective

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office will soon have another detective working the streets.

    The department’s proposed budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year was approved by the budget committee last month. It includes funding for a new detective.   

    “That’s a dire need at the sheriff’s office because I’ve got three horses that are worn plumb out,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “It’s unbelievable.”

  • Detective's focus on crimes against children

    The problem of sexual predators keeps getting more attention, and law enforcement continue to look for ways to combat it.

    Harriman Police Department’s Detective Dan Schneider is one of the local leaders taking on the problem.

    Through his work in Internet Crimes Against Children, he’s been able to solve crimes involving sexual predators.

    His position is funded through the Knoxville Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and Schneider has served the Ninth Judicial District since 2008.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Swanner 63rd

    Berl and Eula Swanner of Rockwood celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary with their family at the Whitestone Inn.

    They were married in Trentville on May 16, 1948.

    They have three children: Mike and wife Debbie Swanner of Greenville, S.C., Janice and husband Todd Baines of Athens, and Lisa and husband Jimmy Crabtree of Rockwood.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas: You want reality? It’s closer than Hollywood

    We need to stop and take a deep breath.
    So much has happened over the past two weeks.
    Not being much of a network TV watcher, I only caught snippets of chatter here at the office and around town late last week.
    Apparently many of my colleagues and friends enjoy spending their evenings with reality TV.
    I heard one friend practically swoon when she mentioned that Hines Ward won the top prize on “Dancing with the Stars.” It was news to me.
    Ward is a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers in my mind.

  • Rockwood native dies in motorcycle accident in Cumberland County

    A talented Rockwood native was killed in a motorcycle crash in Crossville Saturday.
    Kevin Neal, 39, who lived in Nashville, died Saturday in Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville.
    “He was on a motorcycle and had a wreck,” said his uncle Tommy Long, who said he understood the accident happened on Interstate 40 in Cumberland County.
    Long said he’s heard different accounts of the accident.
    More information about Neal’s death was not available at press time.

  • Caution urged on TVA waters after season of storms

    Recent flood waters along the Tennessee River may create hazardous conditions for boaters and swimmers this summer.
    Tennessee Valley Authority Police are urging the public to be especially careful on area reservoirs and waterways.