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Today's News

  • Ruppe rewarded for job well done

    Rockwood City Recorder Becky Ruppe got a bump in pay from a grateful Rockwood City Council that feels she has gone beyond the call of duty to get the city’s finances improved.

    Rockwood City Council unanimously approved a $5,000-increase in pay that officials said would not require adjustments to the budget.

    Councilman Bill Thompson gave Ruppe the biggest thump on the back with his praise for her work.

    “Since February, there has been a lot of things happen around here, and I think they have been good things,” Thompson said.

  • More trouble for embattled lawyer

    Attorney Spence Bruner of Roane County could find himself in more trouble following Tuesday’s decision by the Court of Criminal Appeals to hold him in contempt of court.

    “The Board of Professional Responsibility will be notified,” Judge Joseph M. Tipton said.

    The Board of Professional Responsibility oversees the conduct of attorneys for the Tennessee Supreme Court.

    Bruner has been disciplined by the board on several occasions.

  • East Tennessee Sportswriters Poll

    CLASS 1A

    1. Greenback (8-1) 53 (9 1st place votes)

    2. Coalfield (8-1) 46 (2)

  • TVAA season coming to a close

    The dust began to settle after the ninth week of the Tennessee Valley Athletic Association games last Saturday. 

  • Lady Highlanders end Kingston's season

    By JASON DAVIS

    The Mountain Press

  • RMS opens basketball season

    The 2012 basketball season tipped off earlier this week as the Rockwood Middle School Tigers and Lady Tigers played games in the 2012 Hollis Eble Tournament at Oakdale.

  • Midway, Rockwood game set for Friday

    In Wednesday's paper it was reported that Rockwood would play at Midway on Thursday, Oct. 25. That game has been moved back to Friday, Oct. 26.

  • Lee resigns from board

    Eddie Lee’s resignation from the Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas Board was unanimously approved by Rockwood City Council Monday.
    Lee, whose personal troubles became apparent in August when he pleaded guilty to three counts of sales tax evasion for his three businesses, Big E’s Quick Mart in Rockwood, the Go Mart, Harriman, and Big E’s Tobacco Outlet in Kingston, was asked to resign prior to Monday’s meeting.
    In a letter, Lee thanked the city and ratepayers and said it was an honor to serve them.

  • 11-year-old shoots elk

    An 11-year-old Rockwood boy had a lot to brag about last Wednesday when he brought photos of a recent hunting trip to basketball practice to show to his coach and teammates.
    Corbin Moore had become the first youth to legally harvest an elk in Tennessee since the majestic animals were restored to the state 12 years ago.
    Moore, who goes to school in Oakdale, was drawn for one of five tags for Tennessee’s fourth managed elk hunt Oct. 15-19 on the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area.

  • Lawyer sentenced to 10 days in jail

    A three-judge panel of the Court of Criminal Appeals found Roane County attorney Spence Bruner in contempt of court on Tuesday.
    “We just feel obligated,” Judge Joseph M. Tipton said. “There’s been such a long time of just willful neglect of your responsibility to this court.”
    Bruner was ordered to serve 10 days in jail, pay a $50 fine and court costs.
    The jail time will be suspended if he pays the fine and costs within 30 days.