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Today's News

  • Dog rescue mixes family, community

    “Welcome to chaos,” Stephanie House, 64, said upon entering her and her husband John’s Dogwood Animal Rescue Monday afternoon.

    The House family has operated their rescue facility, a licensed foster program through Boston Terrier Rescue of East Tennessee, from their home on Dogwood Road in Rockwood’s Ozone community for the past two years.

  • Ohio exotic animal mess gets Roane attention

    Emergency officials in one Ohio town had their hands full earlier this week after dozens of wild animals, including lions, tigers and bears, were let loose from a sanctuary.

    “These animals were on the move,” Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said during a press conference Wednesday. “They were showing aggressive behavior. Once the nightfall hit, our biggest concern was having these animals roaming.”

    Reports said the owner of the sanctuary let the animals out of their cages before shooting himself.

  • Man charged in fatal car accident

    Dylan Seth Headrick, 20, was arrested Wednesday on charges of vehicular homicide.

    On June 20, Headrick, who was 19 at the time, was traveling north on Gateway Avenue near Jerry’s Bait Shop in Rockwood when he collided head-on with Rockwood resident Nancy Hill.

    LifeStar confirmed Hill dead while preparing to transfer her to medical facilities in Knoxville.

    Headrick was transported via LifeStar for a puncture wound.

  • Handling of bike fatality case draws praise from widow

    The widow of an Oak Ridge man who was killed while riding his bicycle was appreciative of how the District Attorney General’s Office handled the case.

    On Aug. 25, 2009, John Daugherty was riding his bicycle on Gallaher Road when he was struck by a Toyota Tacoma driven by Anthony Justin Patterson of Molino, Fla. Daugherty died at the scene.

    Patterson was later indicted for criminal negligent homicide and a bicycle protection charge.

  • Fishing regulations set at TWRC meeting

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission heard several topics concerning commercial fishing and also approved the 2012 sport fishing regulations among business at a recent meeting.

  • Rockwood Cornhole tourney set for Oct. 27

    The Rockwood Basketball Booster Club is sponsoring a cornhole tournament on Thursday, October 27. 

    It will be held at the Rockwood High School gym and begins at 6 p.m. 

  • Bobcats seek revenge Friday night

    With only two weeks left in the regular season, all five Roane County football teams are still mathematically alive in the race for the playoffs, but two of those teams, Harriman and Midway, appear to be on life support.

  • Farmer, Ruppe pitch to Rockwood

    Three candidates well versed in local government rounded out the interviews for the city administrator position in Rockwood.
    The final interviews involved former Roane County Executive Mike Farmer, former Morgan County Executive Becky Ruppe and former Crossville administrator Jack Miller.
    Rockwood City Council will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday to select a candidate from the seven interviewed.

  • LOC vote is tabled

    A resolution to dissolve the Oak Ridge Reservation Local Oversight Committee has been tabled.
    The decision, made by the watchdog committee’s board of directors last week, may have come down to a simple matter of math. 
    “Mayor Tom Beehan of Oak Ridge was instructed not to vote to dissolve the LOC,” Board Chairwoman Ellen Smith said. “I think they (supporters of dissolution) were counting around the room and realized they didn’t have enough votes.”

  • Watson’s ‘Suspended License’ to be featured in Arts at the Airport exhibit

    “Suspended License,” a photograph by Travis Watson of Kingston, is among the artwork to be featured at Arts in the Airport, a new exhibition featuring selected artwork from more than 45 artists in the East Tennessee region.

    The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority and the Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville assembled the exhibition to allow regional artists to compete and display work in one of the most-visited sites in the area.