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Today's News

  • Weekend brought in with a bang

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A section of Tennessee Chapel Circle was blocked off Friday afternoon as law enforcement — including the bomb squad of the Knox County Sheriff Office — detonated a live grenade.

    A South of the River first-responder vehicle blocked traffic from approaching the property and its white cinderblock-framed home, shed and wood pile.

    A loud explosion shook the air when the grenade was detonated somewhere on the property.

  • Thursday Night Lights in Roane County
  • Rockwood back in the saddle with win over Midway

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    After a lackluster performance at Oneida in week zero, the Rockwood Tigers put it all together Friday night with a 25-6 victory over visiting Midway.

    "I thought we played together tonight," Tiger head coach John Webb said after the game. "We made four major mistakes in the first quarter, but we played well after that. I thought our execution was much better than last week."

  • Kingston bounces back to fend off Harriman

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    What do the Harriman Blue Devils have to do to beat Kingston?

  • No fall fest in Rockwood this year

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Autumn is almost here, which means many cities and organizations are in the throes of planning fall festivals.

    Rockwood, however, won’t be one of them.

    As of right now, there are no plans this year for Rockwood’s Family Fall Festival.

    According to Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller, no one has volunteered to organize the event this year.

    “Nobody’s stepped up,” he said.

  • Feds nab 5 on drug charges

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A dirty car is what prompts most people to visit a car wash.

    Federal authorities, however, contend that Ralph O’Neal had a different motive for driving to the Free Spirit Car Wash in Midtown in March.

    That motive was to allegedly sell crack cocaine.

    That could turn out to be a life-changing trip for O’Neal, because the person he is said to have sold to was a confidential source working with the FBI.

  • Midway, Rockwood set to clash

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    With Harriman and Kingston out of the way, Midway and Rockwood will take center stage Friday night as the Green Wave and Tigers will duke it out in a huge county showdown at Rockwood’s Civitan Field.

    Oliver Springs is also in action Friday night as the Bobcats will travel to Englewood to take on McMinn Central.

    Oliver Springs (0-1) at McMinn Central (1-0)

  • Youngsters gearing up for grid season

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    It was a hot week one of action in the Tennessee Valley Football League last Saturday. Fortunately, all the players and coaches came through the day in good shape with no heat related symptoms reported.

    The only league game of the week saw Rockwood visiting Harriman. After dropping the cricket game, the Rams rallied to win the hopper and cutter contests.

    Kingston went on their longest road trip of the year and lost three of four games at Bledsoe County.

    Rockwood at Harriman

  • Thunder Road town to vote on liquor

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Rockwood may be getting a little wetter — and it’s not due to the recent downpours brought by Tropical Storm Fay.

    Two petitions were circulating in the town that celebrates its moonshing and bootlegging past with a Thunder Road festival.

    One petition would allow residents to vote on whether to allow package stores to sell liquor; another petition calls for a vote to allow liquor by the drink.

  • Dems focus on local races

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The Roane County Democratic Party held a grand opening for its party headquarters on Aug. 18.

    As of Thursday morning, there were still no Barack Obama signs in the windows.

    “That’s a pretty easy one, isn’t it,” said Monty Lankford, the Republican challenging Lincoln Davis for his 4th District congressional seat. “Who’d want to be tied to Barack Obama?”