Today's News

  • Cherokee, RMS battle to the end

    The hardwood season continued in Roane County with a very physical, hard-fought contest between the Cherokee Lady Jackets and the Rockwood Lady Tigers that saw the Lady Jackets eke out a 27-25 win over their in-county rivals.
    Cherokee gave the Lady Tigers a blanking in the first period with a 4-0 advantage.
    A 6-0 tilt at one point gave Cherokee a 12-6 lead, but the Lady Tigers came roaring back to methodically chop their deficit down to 16-12 at the half.
    Rockwood would use an 11-6 swing in the third period to take a 23-22 lead going into the home stretch.

  • MMS splits with Oliver Springs

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats and Midway Green Wave battled to a draw in the first meeting of the season between the two county rivals.

  • Lady 'Cats off to fast start

    It wasn’t easy, but the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats ran their season record to 2-0 Thursday night with a 67-62 victory at Tellico Plains. 


    Normally, it’s an investigation into an alleged crime against a child that brings different agencies and volunteers to the Kids First Child Advocacy Center in Loudon County.
    This week, they gathered there for a different reason.
    “This is a reminder of what we do and why we do it and a special reminder of Clifford Wallace Dotson,” Executive Director Chris Evans-Longmire said. “He will never be forgotten again.”
    Clifford, 2, who lived in East Roane County, died in May of what authorities have said was starvation.

  • Lawsuit filed in restraint death

    An investigation by the District Attorney General’s Office determined there was no wrongdoing in the death of 26-year-old Dustin Barnwell.
    However, a lawsuit filed on behalf of his minor daughter alleges there was misconduct on multiple levels.
    Barnwell died on Nov. 11, 2011. According to a district attorney report on the investigation, Roane County Sheriff’s officers Richard Stooksbury and Mitch Grigsby responded to Barnwell’s home on Roane Manor Drive on an overdose complaint.

  • Rockwood man may be charged in I-40 wreck

    Alcohol may be involved in a fiery two-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 in Knoxville last Friday. Five people were injured.
    Witnesses told police that Oliver Butler, 64, of Rockwood,  was traveling westbound on I-40 when he swerved across the median and his GMC van became airborne.
    They said it landed on a Mercedes SUV, then overturned and caught fire.
    Passersby who pulled Butler from the vehicle said they smelled alcohol, and officers found beer cans inside and outside the van.

  • Kingston ‘tweaks’ sign laws

    While it may be true that miracles happen all the time, Kingston City Council members aren’t concerned with signs from above.
    They’re worried about the more terrestrial versions you see every day — on the side of the road, in store windows, on big billboards, in the beds of broken-down old trucks.
    And at a Nov. 6 work session, council moved to put the first reading of an ordinance amending its existing sign ordinance for a  vote in the full council session this week.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Train draws crowds

    My boyfriend, Derek, while patching a leak near the chimney of his home in Hamilton County, called me from his roof last Sunday.
    “I just heard a steam whistle,” he said. “Is today the day the train runs to Roane County?”
    It was.
    Chattanooga’s steam engine was making a rare passenger excursion on Norfolk Southern tracks along Walden Ridge. On that day, it was set to go into Harriman, turn around and head back.

  • Coats for the Cold distributions Sunday

    Dennis Ferguson’s 18th annual Coats for the Cold distribution will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 18.

    The free distribution of coats and jackets will take place in the garden center at Rockwood Walmart Supercenter.

    “I want to thank everyone who gave coats this year to help those less fortunate stay warm,” Ferguson said.

    Collections of outerwear were collected Nov. 5-12.

  • 200 years of worship at Post Oak Springs

    Post Oak Springs Christian Church has a rich history as a mother church for the denomination.

    The Rockwood church celebrated its 200th anniversary during homecoming services earlier this month. Spencer Garner, who was pastor 31 years from 1968-99 and is now a missionary, was guest speaker.

    The church’s history spans through conflict, new styles of worship, new church buildings and changing congregations.