Today's News

  • The Bridge wants folks to feel at home

    Editor’s note: This is one of a series of features based on winners of this year’s Roane County News Reader’s Choice Awards.

    The Bridge at Rockwood is one nursing home where residents have asked to return.

    “We have had residents here who have come four or five times, perhaps for therapy, then go home, but may have to return,” said marketing director Kathy Parks. “Because they had a pleasant experience here, they choose to come back.”

  • OUT to LUNCH: There’s no way to not like Foothills Bakery and Cafe

    For our most recent “Out to Lunch” adventure, I was encouraged to visit Foothills Milling Bakery & Café in Maryville by overheard conversations in a Knoxville doctor’s office waiting room.

    Non-related folks were talking about good places to eat – and I moved over to hear their positive comments. The Café was already on my prospect list.

    My wife, Carol, and I stopped in Knoxville to pick up our daughter-in-law, Faye, and longtime friend, Mickey Pease, to join us for this adventure.

  • Suit against medics, deputies stalled

    U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves put a halt to the Dustin Barnwell civil case less than a month before it was supposed to go to trial.

    Barnwell died on Nov. 11, 2011 after an encounter with Roane County sheriff’s deputies and medics at a home in Kingston.

    His family later sued the deputies, medics and Roane County Government.

    According to federal court records, Barnwell took eight Flexeril pills and passed out on his couch. His fiancée, Shasta Gilmore, thought he was overdosing and called 911.


    A  young woman pregnant with her second child perished in a fire in Harriman late Tuesday night.

    Emergency responders found Lindsay Carter, 23, inside the 502.5 Clifty St. home and said she perished when she could not exit to safety.

    Assistant Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey said it was confirmed Carter was five months’ pregnant.

  • Oil theft suspect, store owner get into fracas

    A defendant in an open vehicular homicide case reportedly got into a tussle with Gateway IGA owner Roger Sharp on July 9.

    Johnny Foland, 52, is charged with assault and shoplifting in the incident in the Rockwood grocery store.

    According to the warrant, Foland tried to steal a bottle of two-cycle oil by stuffing it down his pants.

  • BIG ORANGE STRIKE: ‘Keep pursuing your dreams’

    It wasn’t quite the fourth quarter of Tennessee vs. Alabama, but University of Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs made a big throw of sorts Thursday morning.

    Dobbs threw out the ceremonial first pitch to kick off the 2016 Dixie Youth AAA State Tournament at Rockwood’s Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex.

  • State grant to help with walks at Ridge View

    Rockwood has received a Safe Routes to School grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation to improve sidewalks and crosswalks at Ridge View Elementary School.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller thanked state Senator Ken Yager and state Representative Kent Calfee for their support of the project.

  • OS town manager interviews underway

    The search is underway for a new town manager for Oliver Springs.

    Mayor Cecil Crowe has been interviewing candidates for the position since Becky Campbell resigned effective June 30.

    He told the Board of Mayor and Aldermen last week that whomever is hired will need to have water and wastewater knowledge, along with technical expertise.

    As of last week, he said he had received “6-7 resumes,” and was expecting two more recommended by MTAS.

  • Roane Master Gardeners honored


    DAMON LAWRENCE/Roane Newspapers
    The Roane County Commission recognized the Master Gardeners during its regular meeting on July 11. A resolution was passed in their honor during the meeting. The presentation includes, from left, Master Gardeners Maureen Leavitt, Steve Bryant, Maureen Bryant, Jean Lofaso, Russ Fuja, Lisa Deutsch, Bobbi Heneisen, University of Tennessee Extension Agent Jessica Wilkinson and Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

  • From Austria to Oak Ridge: Changing the world with a secret

    I was born and spent my first 17 years in Vienna, Austria. My mother tongue was, of course, German, and my foreign languages consisted of two years of French and six years of Latin. No English!

    When I joined the American branch of my family in Philadelphia, Pa., at the age of 17, it didn’t take me too long to realize that I could not expect to ask any local gal for a date in German. So I had a powerful incentive to crash-learn the “new” language of English as fast as I could.