Today's News

  • RMS opens basketball season

    The 2012 basketball season tipped off earlier this week as the Rockwood Middle School Tigers and Lady Tigers played games in the 2012 Hollis Eble Tournament at Oakdale.

  • Midway, Rockwood game set for Friday

    In Wednesday's paper it was reported that Rockwood would play at Midway on Thursday, Oct. 25. That game has been moved back to Friday, Oct. 26.

  • Lee resigns from board

    Eddie Lee’s resignation from the Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas Board was unanimously approved by Rockwood City Council Monday.
    Lee, whose personal troubles became apparent in August when he pleaded guilty to three counts of sales tax evasion for his three businesses, Big E’s Quick Mart in Rockwood, the Go Mart, Harriman, and Big E’s Tobacco Outlet in Kingston, was asked to resign prior to Monday’s meeting.
    In a letter, Lee thanked the city and ratepayers and said it was an honor to serve them.

  • 11-year-old shoots elk

    An 11-year-old Rockwood boy had a lot to brag about last Wednesday when he brought photos of a recent hunting trip to basketball practice to show to his coach and teammates.
    Corbin Moore had become the first youth to legally harvest an elk in Tennessee since the majestic animals were restored to the state 12 years ago.
    Moore, who goes to school in Oakdale, was drawn for one of five tags for Tennessee’s fourth managed elk hunt Oct. 15-19 on the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area.

  • Lawyer sentenced to 10 days in jail

    A three-judge panel of the Court of Criminal Appeals found Roane County attorney Spence Bruner in contempt of court on Tuesday.
    “We just feel obligated,” Judge Joseph M. Tipton said. “There’s been such a long time of just willful neglect of your responsibility to this court.”
    Bruner was ordered to serve 10 days in jail, pay a $50 fine and court costs.
    The jail time will be suspended if he pays the fine and costs within 30 days.

  • Auction of two elementaries set to proceed

    Roane County Commission cleared the way for the school system to auction Walnut Hill and Dyllis elementary schools. A resolution passed on Oct. 15 granted the system any of the county government’s interest in the properties.
    “The Roane County Commission authorizes the Roane County executive to execute any contract or deed to insure this transfer of interest either to the Roane County Schools or a new owner, if sold by the Roane County school system,” the commission resolution said.

  • Mayor may move comment session

    Part of Rockwood City Council’s most candid moments often are heard in the council and mayor comments near the close of the regular council meetings each month.
    However, Mayor James Watts has said he would like to omit that portion of the meeting.
    “We can have most of that stuff in our council workshop,” Watts said.
    Council doesn’t have regularly scheduled workshops, but occasionally Watts has held meetings to discuss items that will be going on the agenda.

  • Claims due from Hispanic and women alleging discrimination

    Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades can file claims through March 25.  

    “Hispanic and women farmers who believe they have faced discriminatory practices from the USDA must file a claim by March 25, 2013 in order to have a chance to receive a cash payment or loan forgiveness,” said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

  • Arrests: Sept. 22-30, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Sept. 22 — James Travis Bray, 26, 878 Riggs Chapel Road, Harriman: theft $1,000 but less $10,000. Bond $2,500; court date Nov. 5.

    • Jeramie Keith Clayton, 36, 2229 Old Harriman Hwy., Oliver Springs: manufacture/deliver/sell controlled substance, simple possession or casual exchange. Total bond $3,500; court dates Oct. 1 and Nov. 5.

  • Oody turns 100

    Alva Oody celebrated her 100th birthday on Oct. 6.

    Her family gave her a party at Riverside Baptist Church.

    Around 100 family members and friends helped her celebrate.