Today's News

  • Former official, longtime mailman mourned

    A former Rockwood City Councilman and longtime letter carrier for the United States Postal Service died Wednesday.

    Charles Thomas Edwards served eight years on Rockwood City Council.

    Rockwood City Councilman Harold Holloway said Edwards served in the 1990s, including a period as vice mayor. Holloway served a brief time with Edwards on Council.

    “He was my neighbor and best friend. We got started talking, and he talked me into running for Council,” said Holloway.

    “I think the world of Charlie,” he added.

  • Brown filling OS term

    A new Oliver Springs alderman will officially fill the vacant Ward 3 position Jan. 19.

    The town’s board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously Thursday to appoint Kenneth Brown of Hen Valley Road to the post.

    He will be sworn in Jan. 19 following the “old business” portion of the meeting, said Oliver Springs Mayor Cecil Crowe on Friday.

    Brown’s father, the late Eldon Brown, had also previously served as an alderman, Brown confirmed Friday.

  • Berry: Bridge fix OK

    Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry said he’s not opposed to replacing the old bridge that leads to the area known as Caney Creek Campground.

    Berry said he voted against a resolution that would have earmarked money for the project because he wants to see a study done first.

    “What the study will do is tell us how much we’ll have to spend when we get across the water,” he said.

    Berry was one of 10 commissioners who voted against the resolution last month.

  • Rockwood crash kills three

    From staff reports

    A 14-year-old Rockwood Middle School eighth-grader and two adults were killed in a one-vehicle crash on Kingston Avenue in Rockwood Friday afternoon.

    The news devastated Malachi Thomas’ mother, Heather Thomas, who said she was heading down to Kingston Avenue when Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall and another man showed up to tell her the tragic news.

    “It is very, very hard,” Heather Thomas said Saturday. “I’ve never felt anything like this before.”

  • Rockwood football team honored with banquet

    Members of the Rockwood High School football team and cheerleaders were recognized at their annual banquet sponsored by the Rockwood Rotary Club Thursday  in the First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
    Dr. Chris Whaley, Roane State Community College president, will be the guest speaker, followed by presentation of awards and letters to the Rockwood players and cheerleaders.
    "Athletes bring us students. They play sports to get an education. Athletics are a vehicle to get students," said Whaley.

  • Rockwood Police Department investigating accident with two confirmed dead

    Rockwood Police Department is investigating a car accident that took the lives of at least two individuals on Kingston Avenue Friday afternoon.

    In addition to two fatalities, two others were transported to area hospitals with unknown injuries.

    Initial reports were that three died in the single vehicle accident.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol Critical Incident Response Team was assisting on the scene.

    Look for more in the Monday, Jan. 9, edition of the Roane County News.

  • Friday basketball games snowed out

    District basketball games slated Friday night were snowed out. The affective games were Rockwood at Harriman (District 3A), Meigs County at Midway (District 3A), Catholic at Kingston (District 4AA) and Coalfield at Oliver Springs (District 4A). The Rockwood at Harriman game will be made up Jan. 14, beginning at 3:30 p.m. with a boys junior varsity game. No other make-up dates were announced.

  • Blue Devils’ winning streak is now at 15

     teams split a pair of District 3A games with Midway Tuesday evening, as the Blue Devils calmed the Green Wave 90-43 to extend its winning streak to 15 games, while the Lady Waves defeated the Lady Devils 45-34.
    Harriman 90, Midway 43: "We still have some work to do. I am proud of the guys who came off the bench and played well," said Blue Devil Coach Shay Shannon, whose team improved 15-2 overall and 6-0 in the district.

  • Lady Bobcats finish third in Florida

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats finished 2-1 for third place in the Hilton Sandestin Basketball Blowout in Destin, Fla., last weekend, defeating St. Paul 60-40 in game one, losing to Cookeville 56-34 in game two and beating Freeport High School 38-34.
    OS 60, St. Paul 34: All-Tournament selection Racheal Crass scored six first-quarter points, as the Lady 'Cats outscored St. Paul  20-8, and extended the lead to 34-17 at the half. Alivia Baker scored eight points in the second quarter.

  • Wartburg sweeps Oliver Springs in district contest

    By Michael Lindsay
    Coaches often say their teams play sluggish on off-days or the first day back in school, and this was the case on Tuesday as the Oliver Springs Bobcats were swept by the Wartburg Bulldogs, as the Lady Bulldogs edged the Lady 'Cats 29-28, while the Bulldogs bit the Bobcats  64-36.
    Wartburg 29, Oliver Springs 28: The Lady ‘Cats lost the low-scoring affair at Wartburg by a score of 29-28; however, Oliver Springs had chances to take the lead late, but were unable to capitalize.