Today's News

  • Rockwood OK’s $489,000 airport grant

    The Rockwood City Council on Monday approved acceptance of a $489,000 grant to make repairs to the Rockwood Municipal Airport.

    The grant, which requires 5-percent matching funds, will be used for general maintenance and upkeep, according to Councilman and Airport Committee Chairman Jason Jolly.

    “We had our airport engineer come up with a list,” he said.

    Projects to be completed include coating and sealing cracks on the pavement. Bids will be taken on the project and monitored by Atkins Engineering.

  • Stabbed man found at Margrave door

    A Margrave Drive woman found a man at her door suffering a stab wound on Monday.

    Harriman police responded to 104 Margrave Drive on a call that the man, identified as Robert Griffin, just showed up at the door holding his neck, which was bleeding.

    The victim was airlifted to University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he was taken to surgery.

    “We haven’t been able to talk to the victim. We are hoping in a day or two he’ll be alert and his mind will be clear,” said Police Chief Derek Pacifico.

  • HUB makes history with first woman manager

    Harriman Utility Board approved its first female manager Monday when board members unanimously voted for the hiring of Candace Vannasdale.

    Vannasdale, manager of the gas water and sewer administration and engineering, will start May 1 contingent on approval of the finalization of her contract.

    Lonnie Wright, the Harriman City Council representative on the board, said he is confident she’ll do a great job.

    Chairman Buddy Bowers said he is impressed with Vannasdale’s vision for the future.


    The Roane County Commission could vote in the coming months on how to pay for a $68 million plan that would combine three high schools and shuffle around other schools.

    School officials and Lewis Group Architects revealed the plan to County Commissioners and the public during a work session at Roane State Community College on Tuesday.

    “This isn’t the end,” Commission Chairman Ron Berry said. “This is just the beginning.”

  • Going with the Flo: The right needs to protect our rights before we’re left

    Friday is what is called, “Good Friday” and is the example of what Jesus did after he prayed in the garden of Gethsemane – not My will but Thine be done.

    Jesus was our example of dying to self. Our country exists because many gave up their desires and left their homes and loved ones to sacrifice so that we could have a free county.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Local echoes of St. Mary’s, MD, school shooting

    This week, gentle reader, my major topic is of a more restricted interest than usual, in that it addresses my family’s history.

    However, since it necessarily encompasses a goodly portion of the native Roane County population, it may, in fact concern you, gentle reader, for there are so many of you who have in your family tree the Ladd brothers who came to this county and settled early in the second decade of the Nineteenth Century.

  • Kingston dominant on tennis court

    Boys Singles

    (Kingston wins 3-1-2)

    Dylan Love (Kingston) 8-5 Thackery Porter (Rockwood)

    Cody Charles (Kingston) 8-2 Logan Brock (Rockwood)

    Jacob Logan (Kingston) 1-8 Eric Jones (Rockwood)

    Austin Key (Kingston) Win by forfeit



    Girls Singles

    (Kingston wins 6-0)

    Emily Cash (Kingston) 8-3 Kelli Ross (Rockwood)

    Kerah Darley (Kingston) 8-2 Kyler Gunter (Rockwood)

    Madi Mclure (Kingston) 8-1 Pryid Patel (Rockwood)

  • Senior bowlers putting up big numbers


    March 16

    1st High Game------Diane Moore, George Wadlington---450

    2nd High Game-------Alma Williams, Ken Altes---455

    3rd High Game ---Diane Moore, George Wadlington---468

    High Scores today ----- Connie Millhollon—201 game, Larry Blankenship 208 game, Rick Alderfer, 235 game, Rick Matthews---207,235 games.

    High Series today---- Diane Moore, George Wadlington---1368

    High Series For March---- Diane Moore, George Wadlington---1368

  • Lady Tigers can’t get bats going in loss

    By Taylor Crombie


    The Sunbright Lady Tigers shocked the district Thursday night by pulling off a 19-2 run-rule victory at Rockwood.

    “We didn’t show up at all,” Rockwood head coach Guy Thompson said. “We didn’t make any plays; we just didn’t do anything tonight.”

  • Tigers’ stay hot against Sunbright

    By Taylor Crombie


    Rockwood’s Kyle Van Patten and Nate Brackett pitched a pair of perfect games in Thursday’s doubleheader against Sunbright.

    Neither game lasted longer than three innings as the Rockwood Tigers remained patient at the plate and took advantage of Sunbright errors to win the first contest 20-0 and the second 17-0.