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Today's News

  • The Henry Center celebrates Earth Day

    The children of The Henry Center display their artwork as they celebrate a week’s worth of activities celebrating Earth Day. Those showing off their work are, front row from left, Tobi Pritchett, Keeley Cleveland, Ta’Naya Scandlyn, Addison Woody, Audrey Boles, Jessica Pugh, Jacob Dingus; and back row, Daylan Habib, Lucas Shore, Tom Evans, Brody Johnson, Landon Stafford, Ridley Scalf and Cadyn Newman.
     

  • Tigers no match for CAK in region final

     

    The 2014 season has been full of memorable moments for the Rockwood Tigers, but Thursday’s Region 2 A-AA Championship Game against Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) will not be one of them as arguably the state’s top program defeated Wes Ford’s squad, 8-0.

  • Eleam signs with Kentucky Christian

     

    Harriman senior Kaleb Eleam did just about everything on the gridiron for the Blue Devils in his high school career. Now he will get the opportunity to show off his skills at the next level as Eleam signed scholarship papers Thursday with Kentucky Christian University.

  • McFarland-Pemberton judge-race feud expands

    Circuit court judge candidate Mike Pemberton and his supporters suspect Willis Hall didn’t act on his own when he filed a complaint with the Roane County Election Commission.

    “The issue is as clear as a bell,” Kingston attorney and Pemberton supporter Pat Cooley said. “This was generated by Tommy McFarland from the beginning.”

    Pemberton and McFarland are running to replace Russell Simmons as 9th Judicial District Circuit Court judge.

    Simmons is retiring.

  • Rockwood parks chief on leave

    Rockwood Parks and Recreation Director Jody Mioduski is on administrative leave.

    Not much more is known at press time. Questions were referred to Mayor James Watts, who did not return calls at press time.

    Mioduski was hired in December 2012.

    His predecessor Tom Pierce was put on leave and then resigned amidst allegations that he used city funds to make personal purchases including firearms, clothing and photography equipment.

    Pierce was indicted in February 2013 on official misconduct, theft and unauthorized use of credit cards.

  • 25 acres transferred from feds

    The Department of Energy transferred approximately 25 acres at the Heritage Center in Roane County to the Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee.

    The site was signed over this week to CROET for private sector use.

    U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and David Klaus, DOE’s deputy undersecretary for management and performance, joined the group of area business leaders for the celebration.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Will there be no Toms, Dicks nor Harrys?

    As we began last week’s column, we remarked that we had a number of topics that we wanted to comment upon, and as we concluded that column, we said that we had “other items to comment upon, and may next week.”

    Well, next week is here, and we see no reason not to continue with the series of short comments that we began last week, so:

  • City to pave state road stretch

    When it comes to state roads, it’s usually the state that takes on repairs.

    No so in Rockwood this year.

    City officials are reaching into their own coffers to resurface a stretch of Gateway Avenue between Wheeler and Stratton streets.

    Deep ruts have formed at some of the intersections, and those have caused accidents, according to City Administrator Becky Ruppe.

  • Company requests Plateau Park site

    Another entity is eyeing the fledgling Plateau Partnership Park.

    According to a public notice from Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey, Alternative Engineering Solutions “has expressed interest in a location inside the Plateau Partnership Park.”

  • Better tie it all down, police chief warns

    “It’s that time of year,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said this week. “Thieves are breaking into everything and taking anything that’s not tied down.”

    Police have their hands full trying to keep up.

    A 45-year-old Maryville man faces charges for an alleged burglary incident in Kingston on May 9.