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Today's News

  • Officer fires gun in Rockwood school

    Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall mistakenly fired a gun inside Rockwood Middle School on Thursday. It happened during an exercise.

    Police Chief Danny Wright said the purpose of the exercise was to let teachers know what a real gun shot sounds like.

    “I got the idea from the FBI and a school system in Berkeley County, South Carolina,” Wright said. “Here’s the precautions we took – we put every member of the school personnel, cafeteria workers, custodians and all teachers in a room with me.”

  • RHS, OS seeking replacement game for TCPS

    The Rockwood and Oliver Springs football teams will have another open date this season, as Tennessee Christian Prep School in Cleveland will be not playing because the lack of players.

    That leaves Coach Larry Green's Bobcats with open dates Aug. 26 and Oct. 21, while Rockwood will have an open date Sept. 2 and Sept. 30.

    Both coaches are still trying to find a replacement for TCPS.

  • Harriman golf team to make noise in district this fall

    The Harriman golf team has kicked off their season and  are looking to make some noise this fall.
    Corey Mashburn returns for his seventh season as coach for the Blue Devils men’s and women’s golf team. Mashburn is very excited about the upcoming season.

    "This team is full of great kids that are a joy to be around," said Mashburn.

  • OS golfers practicing hard for new year

    The Oliver Springs golf team hit the course this summer practicing hard for seventh-year head coach Matt Headden.
    "They are anxious to get rolling with the season and make some strides towards a good season," said Headden.
    The Bobcats lost only one senior off last year's team and replacing him won't be an easy task, as he qualified for the region tournament.

    Seniors Matt Gaylor and Logan Forysthe are looking to fill that gap.

  • Rockwood Middle School announces changes for jamboree

    Rockwood Middle School will be hosting a jamboree Saturday, Aug. 13, on Civitan Field; however, there is a change in the schedule, since Oakdate is not fielding a team and CAK is not participating.

    Varsity and junior varsity teams from Lake City, Wartburg, Midway, Coalfield, Harriman, Oneida, Spring City, Cherokee, Rockwood and Oliver Springs will be participating.

  • SCHOOL STARTS TODAY

    Students return to school for the 2016-17 school year today – Wednesday.

    “We’ll see buses on the roads again Wednesday, so we’d like for everybody to be safe and be cautious,” new Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said.

    In past years, some Roane County schools have faced the possibility of delayed starts due to construction, but Watkins said she expects all schools to be open today for the start of the new year.

  • Ex-mayor said to be target of Pierce threats

    A former Rockwood public works director already under indictment for official misconduct was jailed late last week for allegedly making threats against a former mayor.

    Rockwood police found a number of guns in Tom Pierce’s vehicle when they stopped him on Gateway Avenue Friday afternoon.

    “A tip was emailed to the Roane County Sheriff Department’s tip hotline,” said Rockwood Police Department Deputy Police Chief Bill Stinnett.

  • Harriman man’s capture leads to mower recovery

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office made one Dayton business happy on Monday.

    The cheerfulness stemmed from the return of four zero-turn lawn mowers.

    “We’re very happy to get them back,” said John Newkirk, an employee with Dayton Power Sports. “Great job by all the police involved.”

    Newkirk said the four mowers have a combined value of $20,000.

    They were recently stolen from Dayton Power Sports in Rhea County.

  • Dinner to raise awareness of marrow donor process

    R.E. Nail has a reputation for helping others, so it is no surprise that he has taken his own serious illness as an opportunity to “pay it forward.”

    Diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a rare form of blood cancer, Nail is fortunate in that his sister, Cheri Patton is a match for the bone marrow transplant he needs.

    But he is mindful of the many who don’t have that option. That’s why he and his family are hosting a Dinner and Bone Marrow Drive this Saturday, Aug. 13, at their church, New Midway Baptist Church.

  • ‘Changing market dynamic’ closes RaceWay

    From staff reports

    As most Kingston residents have probably noticed, the RaceWay on North Kentucky Street has closed.

    Karissa Bursch, manager of communications for its parent company, RaceTrac Petroleum Inc., confirmed the gas station had closed late last month.

    She cited termination of the property’s lease, along with “a changing market dynamic and traffic patterns” as reasons behind the closure.