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Today's News

  • 'Round Rockwood: Aug. 13

    Visiting me Tuesday, Aug. 7, were Joyce Ward and Jessica Humphreys.

    They came and cleaned my room for me.

    Lorene Pinkerton and her son, Trevor Walls, from Spartanburg, Fla., visited Joyce Ward for four days.

    While here they visited her daughter, Emily and Wyatt Ward in Knoxville.

    We enjoyed very much a family dinner at Junior's Restaurant in Rockwood Tuesday.

  • Harriman Happenings: Aug. 13

    Saturday, Aug. 4, Oak Grove Baptist Church celebrated its annual choir anniversary. Curtis Anderson was master of ceremony.

    Six great choirs provided the music for this service, and Evangelist Dorothy Mitchell was guest soloist.

    All sang from their hearts and all who attended were truly blessed. This is where Paul Taylor is pastor.

    We pray that your choir will continue to sing praises in songs to God.

  • Lots of fun times, reading at Rockwood library
  • Rockwood OKs budget with tax hike; garbage rate also up $1

    After numerous meetings filled with contention over the 2013 budget, Rockwood officials finally settled on final reading of the budget last week.

    Taxpayers will now be paying property tax rates of 90 cents per $100 valuation, 15 cents higher than the previous rate of 75 cents per $100 valuation.

    Garbage customers will also pay $1 more per pickup, at $8, which is still several dollars lower than in surrounding communities.

  • Roofer charged with passing bad check and theft

    A local roofer is in trouble with the law for allegedly passing a bad check and not returning a chainsaw.

    Kingston police took out warrants on Joshua Lee Miles for the bad check and theft. Miles, 39, was arrested on Aug. 1.

    According to a warrant, Miles ordered roofing materials from Norandex Building Materials in June.

    “Mr. Miles paid with a check drawn on the account of Miles Roofing and Home Repair in the amount of $4,397.82,” the warrant said. “The check was returned unpaid due to insufficient funds.”

  • Kingston Police Explorers honored

    Former Boy Scout Robert Johnson found more than new friends when he moved five years ago from Maine to Kingston.

    He also discovered a potential future career path in law enforcement.

    Johnson is captain of Kingston Explorer Post 376, a group of ambitious and hard-working teenagers who recently earned a prestigious Gold Level United States Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

    The award presentation was made during Tuesday’s National Night Out event by Kingston Mayor Troy Beets and state Sen. Ken Yager.

  • Records show Morgan had his own issues with speeding

    During this year’s campaign for Roane County property assessor, David Morgan made an issue about a speeding ticket incumbent Teresa Kirkham received in 2009.  

    Morgan, who would go on to defeat Kirkham in the Aug. 2 election, has had his own speeding issues in the past.

    According to Roane County General Sessions Court records, Morgan has been charged with speeding 10 times, with the most recent ticket coming in 2007.

    In some of the cases the charge got dismissed, records show. In others, the ticket was paid.

  • History of 'amazing secret' preserved

    Perhaps no one more than Bill Wilcox appreciates Oak Ridge’s legacy in the Manhattan Project.

    After all, the first job out of college for the Pennsylvania native was to work as a scientist on the A-bomb that helped bring an end to World War II.

  • No decision on Smoot bond

    Assistant Public Defender Walter Johnson’s argument for a bond to be set for accused killer Shawn Smoot was pretty simple.

    “In Tennessee you have a right to have a bond set,” he said.

    How much and what conditions will Smoot have to abide by if he gets out had yet to be determined at the conclusion of a bond hearing on Friday.

  • Furry friends run the show at ONE-STOP PET SHOP

    An enthusiastic and furry welcome greets visitors at One- Stop Pet Shop in Rockwood.
    The store at 108 N. Gateway Ave., which had its grand opening on Saturday, has been open several weeks and has a variety of animals, including those they let run the place.

    On one particular visit, store mascot Maggie, a sweet-natured pup, is joined at the door by a peppy little brown-and-white mixed dog that was rescued. Also bounding nearby is a small kitten that doesn’t seem quite sure how to take Maggie’s bouncing cohort.