.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's News

  • City looks at fines for false alarm repeaters

    Security alarm owners with repeated false alarms may see penalties in their future.

    For now, Rockwood tabled an ordinance that would require a permit for all alarm systems and charge a fine for those with excessive false security alarms.

    It could, however, come back at a future meeting.

    “We are having a lot of problems with folks setting off alarms and the police or fire departments has to respond and there is no problem,” said Mayor James Watts. “This ordinance is to hopefully deal with those folks setting off the alarms.”

  • TDOT revisits intersection

    The busy intersection of Hwy. 70 and Pine Ridge Road was one of the problem areas Tennessee Department of Transportation staff took a look at when meeting with the public in Roane County last week.

    State Rep. Kent Calfee took the TDOT members to the intersection, which includes access to Walgreens and Pattersons Home Appliances.

    Steve Patterson, who regularly sees accidents from his storefront, also stopped by The Roane Alliance to discuss the intersection with TDOT representatives.

    They were aware of the issues, according to one TDOT official.

  • Rockwood steers clear on cold meds

    Rockwood won’t be joining the effort to regulate certain cold medicines.

    Rockwood City Attorney Greg Leffew recommended the city not pass such laws, which are aimed at making methamphetime ingredients harder to get.

    Leffew noted recent opinions by the state attorney general and Municipal Technical Advisory Service that such local laws were illegal.

    Councilwoman Peggy Evans, who has medical professionals in her family, said she believes those who want to make the drug will find a way around any restrictions.

  • GUEST OPINION: Don’t worry Santa, ‘war’ on Christmas isn’t real

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES

    First Amendment Center

    When I read that 52 percent of American adults say they believe in Santa Claus (according to a survey from Public Policy Polling), I wasn’t surprised to learn in the same poll that 42 percent also believe there is a “war on Christmas.”

    After all (spoiler alert), both are figments of the imagination.

    Belief in Santa, at least, perpetuates a spirit of joy and goodwill.

  • Ash spill tore apart community

    Having raised her children in the same house that she grew up in, Kim Harris had a connection to her homeplace that doesn’t show up in a property appraisal.

    “When my husband and I first got married, we would buy trees for Christmas and plant them, and I could tell you what year we planted what tree,” she said. “You can’t put prices on that.”

    Harris said TVA wasn’t concerned with sentimental value when she and her husband negotiated with the agency to buy their Swan Pond Circle Road home following the ash spill.

  • Police say Walmart shoplifter changed clothes in aisle

    A Harriman woman decided to change clothes in the aisles at Rockwood Walmart, trashing her own clothes while police say she attempted to shopliftaround $1,100 in merchandise.

    The incident happened Tuesday around 6:30 p.m.

  • A SPECIAL NOTE FROM LICK SKILLET

    Gentle Reader: You may recall that in our concluding last week we reminded everyone of our usual practice of taking a brief hiatus for the holidays.

    We do this for two reasons, the first being our life-long pattern of taking time off from whatever we were usually doing to instead do holiday related activities in a more relaxed manner than would be possible if we were also pursuing our regular activities — a practice we highly recommend.

  • Commissioner’s home gutted in fire

    Roane County Commissioner Jerry Goddard and his wife, Sherron, lost their home in a fire late Tuesday night around midnight.

    “I assume they lost everything. You hate it any time, but this time of year it seems to be worse,” said Randy Scarborough, Midtown Volunteer Fire Department Chief.

    Scarborough said it may have been a heater malfunctioning in the basement that caused the fire, which came up through the kitchen area.

    Harriman Fire Department is closest to the home and ran mutual aid with Midtown.

  • Oliver Springs blasts Norwood

     

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Lady Bobcats put forth a dominant performance against the Norwood Lady Jaguars as the Lady 'Cats took a convincing 47-15 win Tuesday evening. 

    The Lady 'Cats had 15-4 first period as Ashley Armstrong and Lindsay Buck (4 points each) led the scoring in the opening period for the Lady 'Cats. 

  • Tigers take two from Kingston

     

    Defense was the name of the game at Dr. Tom W. Evans Gymnasium Tuesday night as the Rockwood Tigers swept visiting Kingston in a pair of low scoring games.

    The girls game was a contest where nothing came easy, but in the end it was the Lady Tigers defending their home court with a 38-36 victory over the Lady Jackets.