Today's News

  • Treadway marks 25 years at job


    Lori Treadway was recently honored for her 25 years of service at Griffin Insurance Agency.
    She started with the agency in 1986 and has held the designation of certified insurance service representative for the pas 20 years.
    Treadway also has served as personal lines manager for the agency at 414 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.  
    She is still active in her career and continues with her education to better serve her clients.
    Treadway and her husband, David, plan to re-tire someday to Myrtle Beach, where they own property.

  • Yette's words inspired a nation

    Samuel F. Yette, one of the most influential figures to ever emerge from Roane County, has died.

    Yette, 81, was the first black Washington, D.C., reporter for Newsweek magazine. He also worked for LIFE magazine, partnering with famed photographer Gordon Parks for a five-part series on segregation in 1956.

    He also wrote about the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington.

    Yette not only chronicled the divisions of racism, he experienced them firsthand.

  • 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.

    Richard J. Lawson, violation of driver license Feb. 19, 2010. Dismissed May 21, cost to state.

    Jonathan C. Pettross, speeding Feb. 14, 2010. Traffic ticket paid May 25.

    Marjorie W. Thompson, speeding March 3. Dismissed May 21, cost to defendant.

    Jacqueline J. Willard, speeding March 3. Dismissed May 21, traffic school.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers in Roane County from Nov. 4:

    From Lloyd R. Chapman to Marilyn Anne Chapman by warranty deed, Dist. 4, 3 tracts, $160,000.

    From Fannie Mae, Federal National Mortgage Corp. and Federal National Mortgage Association to Lynda M. Hoskins and Gary Hoskins by warranty deed, Dist. 3, Lake Shore Home Addition, Lot 2, $58,000.

    From Dallas G. Voyles to Christine Danna and Michael Danna by warranty deed, Dist. 1, J.W. Watson, several lots, $45,000.

  • Presidential promotion: Obama names Rockwood native DeParle one of his deputy chiefs of staff

    Rockwood native Nancy-Ann Min DeParle’s political star continues to rise.

    Handpicked by President Barack Obama in 2009 to help him with national health-care reform, DeParle was named last week as one of the president’s deputy chiefs of staff.

    The increase in responsibilities and bigger place in the limelight comes as no surprise to her uncle, veteran Rockwood attorney J. Polk Cooley.

    “She’s just a tremendously smart young lady,” he said Friday morning. “I’m very proud of her.”

  • Sales taxes up in December

    Could Rockwood’s best December in years for local option sales tax be another sign the economy is making a turnaround?

    Or could the growing number of low-priced retail stores be a contribution, with shoppers tightening their belts, shopping local and spending less for more items?

    Regardless, Rockwood city recorder Jim Hines announced revenue information to the Rockwood City Council Monday that included some good news.

  • It's that time — tax time, that is


    Tammy Cagle assists Charles and Teresa Cates in filing their taxes at Jax EZ Tax in Rockwood Thursday afternoon. Roane County residents fill the front lobby most days eagerly waiting to hear about their tax deductions.

  • Roane man charged with murder in Illinois cold case

    A Roane County man faces a murder charge in an Illinois cold case.    

    Robert “Bobby” Bostic of 354 Tennessee Chapel Circle was arrested by authorities on Jan. 25.   

    Bostic, 70, is accused of killing Carlton Richmond on June 25, 1982.

    According to the Round Lake Beach Police Department in Illinois, Bostic and Richmond were members of the same motorcycle club.

  • Utility bill reminder put back in place

    Rockwood customers will still get a friendly reminder to pay their utility bills.

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Board revoked a recently established policy to eliminate penalty notices.

    “I have recommended we keep the present policy in effect by going ahead and mailing out the penalty notices,” Mayor James Watts said.

    “Sometimes our minds need to be jogged a little bit,” Councilwoman Peggy Evans said.

  • Roane, Anderson sharing extension agent

    The University of Tennessee Extension is trying to meet $5.4 million in budget reductions by making restaffing changes.

    Sixty positions will be cut statewide, and some employees will have to transfer.

    How will these cuts and redistributions affect Roane County’s extension office?

    Both Roane and Anderson counties will share one agent between them, said Tim Cross, UT’s dean of extension.