Today's News

  • TSWA renames award for Pat Summitt


    The Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s annual women’s basketball coach of the year award will now be known as the Pat Summitt Coach of the Year award. The TSWA voted unanimously Friday to rename its women’s coach of the year award in honor of the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history during its annual business meeting.

  • Roane teams gearing up for gridiron season


    High school football teams are remembered for the success they have in November. However, it’s the work the teams put in now that will determine success this fall.

  • Rockwood to host Dixie Youth State Tournament


    The Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex will be hopping later this week as Rockwood will be hosting the Dixie Youth AAA State Tournament starting on Thursday.

  • Pair charged in crash

    An Oak Ridge driver and his passenger were arrested following a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 on July 4. It happened at the 352 mile marker.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 32-year-old Artaveus D. Dawson was behind the wheel of a 2005 Mercedes-Benz that wrecked shortly before midnight.

  • Rockwood bridge completed, to open soon

    The Manufacturers Road bridge to the Roane County Animal Shelter appears complete, and it should be open again soon.

    “We are going to try to have a ribbon cutting one day next week, if possible,” said Rockwood City Recorder Becky Ruppe.

    “Even though it is done, the concrete has to cure a few more days,” she added.

    The intersection of Manufacturers Road has been closed since this spring, when the replacement of the bridge began.

  • Officially retired from Oliver Springs

    Gary Samples never had a chance to build a tree house for his sons.

    But he’s more than making up for it with his great-nephew, Daniel.

    Samples recently completed construction on a stunning treehouse behind his home on Buck Creek Road near Kingston.

    “I’ve got two boys, and I never did it for them,” Samples said. “I did everything I could for them — but they played sports a lot, and that kept us busy.”

  • Felon blows 2nd chance, gets 17 years

    A Rockwood man didn’t take advantage of his break, and now he’s facing years in prison.

    According to the District Attorney General’s Office, Alex Shane Watts was convicted in May on seven counts of felony burglary, five counts of felony theft, one count of felony vandalism and several misdemeanors.

  • No one exempt from rate increase

    Rockwood water customers will likely see at least a 2-percent rate increase this summer.

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Manager Kim Ramsey said she plans to recommend a rate increase between 2 and 2 1/2 percent to the board.

    “The board will have to consider it, and then it will go to City Council for two readings,” Ramsey explained. “They have to pass it by ordinance.”

  • Roane County teams continue in DYB play

    Roane County teams are still alive in Dixie Youth Baseball tournaments this week.

    The Kingston AAA (9-10) all-stars played Caryville for the district tournament title Tuesday afternoon for a berth in next week's state tournament at Mike "Brillo" Miller Sports Complex. Kingston defeated Madisonville Friday, lost to Sweetwater

    Saturday and beat Sweetwater Monday to face Caryville in the championship game.