Today's News

  • No one in car struck by train

    Rockwood police said a Norfolk Southern train struck a 1997 Jeep Cherokee Sunday morning. The report said there were no occupants in the Cherokee when it was hit. However, police were looking for two suspects in connection with the incident.

    “I (Officer Kendall Mitchell) spoke with the conductor of the train that struck the vehicle,” the report said. “He said while the train was traveling north on the tracks, he and the engineer saw the vehicle sitting beside the tracks with no one in or around it before the train struck the vehicle.”

  • Cruisin’ wraps it up for 2017
  • Rockwood opening ballpark for eclipse viewing

    Rockwood Parks and Recreation is welcoming folks to take advantage of the open space at Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex to enjoy the total eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21.

    Rockwood Park and Recreation Director Chase Clem said the complex will be open and concessions will be available.

    “It will be cool to see something you’ll never see again probably,” Clem said.

    “To be able to host something like that is pretty awesome.”

  • Smith appointed new Rockwood city judge

    Rockwood approved James S. Smith as the new city judge to replace Mark Foster.

    There was only one issue of conflict with the vote, a lawsuit Smith has against Rockwood Electric Utility for damage to his building during construction of the utility’s new headquarters.

    “As a city council representative on the Rockwood Electric Utility Board I personally feel I should abstain on voting,” said Councilman Harold Holloway.

    He did abstain, while Councilman Jason Jolly, an REU employee, voted yes with Councilman Shane Trew and Mike Fuller.

  • Kingston to buy fire truck

    Kingston City Council last week unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the issuance of interest-bearing fire department capital outlay notes not to exceed $498,200 for the purchase of a new fire truck.

    The new 2017 Ferrara Cinder custom engine/pumper should be delivered in December.

    The new fire engine comes equipped to meet National Fire Protection Agency standards which will enhance firefighters capabilities during an emergency incident. The custom cab will transport five firefighters to and from emergency incidents, Kingston Fire Lt. Bradley Goss said.

  • Bilbrey completing goal of hiking Appalachian Trail

    John Bilbrey will accomplish a goal 40 years in the making when he reaches the top of Mount Katahdin in Maine this month.

    It is the last stretch of the Appalachian Trail for him to finish, having broken the 2,181 miles of trail into sections over the years.

    “I’m very proud of him. I think it is amazing he’s that passionate about it and stuck with it,” said wife Anita Bilbrey.

  • BOOKED UP: Eclipse watchers flock to Roane for once-in-a-lifetime experience

    NASA shows Roane County is among the great spots to watch a total eclipse and people are traveling from all over to find the perfect vantage point.

    Local hotels are booked solid from Sunday, Aug. 20, to Monday, Aug. 21, the day the moon briefly completely blocks the view of the sun.

    “All of our rooms are full for Sunday and Monday here,” said Gabe Collier, general manager of Whitestone Inn.

    “It is a nice surprise. August is typically an in-between month for us,” said Collier.

  • Roane County Schools closed for solar eclipse

     Roane County Schools has decided to close on Aug. 21 because of the solar eclipse.

    “This is a once in a lifetime event and we want to support those families who want to participate in the viewing together,” Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said Sunday. “Further, there are amazing educational events scheduled throughout the region for our students to enjoy.”

  • High school sports unite communities

    By Bob Gardner and Bernard Childress

    special to the Roane County News

    Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here! And that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike.

  • Learning hard life lessons

    One of the books in the popular “The Hunger Games” book and movie series is subtitled “Catching Fire.”

    Before you read this article, I fully expect some of the readers to halt and breathe fire over what truth-bomb that is set to detonate in this week’s “Jonesing for Sports”.

    Let’s cut right to the chase, shall we?