Today's News

  • Coming soon to a lake near you ...

    One of the world’s biggest fish will be prowling the waters near Rockwood’s Tom Fuller Park next month.

    Those already daunted by the thought of what is lurking below the rippling water may want to avoid “Jaws on the Water,” the spine tingling viewing of Jaws at Tom Fuller Park at 1369 Pumphouse Road at 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3.

    “Mitchell Creek Marina at Dale Hollow Lake has put it on the past couple of years and my girlfriend and I have gone,” said Chase Clem, Rockwood parks and recreation director.


    Drug abuse continues to have deadly consequences in Roane County.

    According to numbers provided by Roane County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Boduch last week, 19 people have died from drug overdoses in 2017.

    “Seven are still pending,” Boduch said. “The others have been confirmed.”

    When Boduch investigates a suspected overdose death, he sends blood samples to the TBI lab for confirmation. The cases are considered pending until he gets confirmation from the lab.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • Cruisin’ wraps it up for 2017
  • Jim Smith up for Rockwood city judge post

    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller will be recommending hometown attorney Jim Smith as the new city judge.

    “I think he’ll do a great job,” said Miller.

    Rockwood City Council will meet in special called session 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, to consider Smith, who will replace outgoing judge Mark Foster. It’s the only item on the agenda.

    Smith, a Rockwood native, has had a downtown law office for many years.

    He was the 1966 valedictorian of Rockwood High School.

  • Man gets 18 years for child rape, sex crimes

    A Kingston man is going to prison for 18 years after pleading guilty to sex crimes in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday.

    Bob Lee Babineau was charged with two counts of child rape and seven counts of aggravated sexual battery. He reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to two of the aggravated sexual battery counts. The rest of the charges were dismissed.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said Babineau gave a confession, in which he described in graphic details his crimes.