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Today's News

  • Jeffries’ business Home Made for success

    Country crafts, homegrown canned vegetables and fruit and other items fill Home Made, a new storefront on West Rockwood Street in downtown Rockwood.

    One thing is certain: a lot of folks have a ready appetite for the merchandise store owner Tammy Jeffries offers.
    “Our No. 1 seller here is fried pies and canned food,” she said.

  • Enrichment’s Gloves of Love earns kudos

    Enrichment Federal Credit Union is the 2011 recipient of the Tennessee Credit Union League’s Dora Maxwell Award for Social Responsibility.

    The credit union submitted the Roane County Branch’s community project, Gloves of Love, to be evaluated against other community projects in the state. 

  • Midway Middle battles Lenoir City

    After take nine days off around Thanksgiving, the Midway Middle School basketball teams returned to action Thursday with a pair of games at home against Lenoir City.

  • RMS splits with OSMS

    In a hardwood version of "tug-of-war", it was the Oliver Springs Middle School Lady Bobcats scratching and clawing their way to a hard-fought 25-22 victory Thursday evening at Rockwood. 

  • Second half surges lead Jackets past OS

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets defended their home court in style Thursday night, as both squads picked up victories over county rival Oliver Springs.

  • Indestructible: The story of a dog named Darth

    Darth, a coal-black pug mix with amber eyes, seems to have been born to be a survivor.
    His mother — swollen with pregnancy — was one of dozens of dogs removed from deplorable conditions at a Poland Hollow Road puppy mill two years ago. She landed in a foster home with Rhonda Whalen of Roane County.
    Whalen had the dog four days before the puppies — nine of them — were born.
    The point of fostering dogs is to find them good homes, and Whalen works with rescue organizations and others to do just that.
    Darth, the biggest of the puppies in that litter, was still with Whalen this summer.

  • Teacher resigns after charges of alcohol abuse

    Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff has accepted the resignation of a tenured teacher who had multiple run-ins with the law during his time with the system.
    Justin Giles taught physical education at Ridge View Elementary School in Rockwood.
    He was arrested by the Tennessee Highway Patrol on a DUI charge on Oct. 28 just before midnight. According to the police report, Giles was running vehicles off the road as he traveled east on Hwy. 70.

  • NRC holding hearings on Watts Bar Unit 2

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is seeking public comments on its preliminary finding that there are no environmental impacts that would preclude issuing an operating license for the Watts Bar 2 reactor under construction near Spring City.
    NRC staff will discuss the Draft Supplement to the Final Environmental Statement in meetings from 2-4 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Magnuson Hotel, 1421 Murrays Chapel Road in Sweetwater. The NRC will transcribe the meetings and post the transcript on the agency’s website.

  • REACH charity well below goal

    With a week to go before it takes children shopping at Walmart, Operation REACH president Jane Ollis said the program is still well short of its fundraising goal. The group hoped to raise $125,000, but had collected only $55,896, as of Thursday.
    “We’re asking people to dig a little deeper in their pockets,” she said.
    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is holding a fundraising road block today, Friday, from 3 to 7 p.m. at different locations around the county. West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department will do the same Saturday in Rockwood from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Skies clear, dogs and I get out of the house

    It’s the little things you take for granted — things like walking your dogs.
    After several days of soaking rain, my dogs were looking at me accusingly, as if I had intentionally flipped a switch that brought on the precipitation that kept us inside. They don’t realize I want and need the exercise as much as they do.