Today's News

  • King’s legacy of faith to be honored in special service

    Rockwood’s third annual community worship service honoring the legacy of faith of Martin Luther King Jr. is planned for next weekend.

    “Come join us as we celebrate Dr. King’s legacy and our shared faith in Jesus Christ,” said the Rev. Kara Foster of Rockwood First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

    The service will begin at 3 p.m. Jan. 15 in First Baptist Church of Lenoir at 238 N. Lenoir Ave.

    The Rev. Erica Haigler of Speights Chapel will bring the message.

  • Security upgraded for holding facilities

    The inmate holding rooms at the Roane County Courthouse are not as stressful for Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    The completion of security upgrades to the holding rooms last year eased some of his concerns.

    “It sure helped relieve a lot of the stress from the what-ifs and what could happen,” he said.

    “That was just a place waiting to explode. We’re thankful no one got hurt before it was done.”

  • Former official, longtime mailman mourned

    A former Rockwood City Councilman and longtime letter carrier for the United States Postal Service died Wednesday.

    Charles Thomas Edwards served eight years on Rockwood City Council.

    Rockwood City Councilman Harold Holloway said Edwards served in the 1990s, including a period as vice mayor. Holloway served a brief time with Edwards on Council.

    “He was my neighbor and best friend. We got started talking, and he talked me into running for Council,” said Holloway.

    “I think the world of Charlie,” he added.

  • Brown filling OS term

    A new Oliver Springs alderman will officially fill the vacant Ward 3 position Jan. 19.

    The town’s board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously Thursday to appoint Kenneth Brown of Hen Valley Road to the post.

    He will be sworn in Jan. 19 following the “old business” portion of the meeting, said Oliver Springs Mayor Cecil Crowe on Friday.

    Brown’s father, the late Eldon Brown, had also previously served as an alderman, Brown confirmed Friday.

  • Berry: Bridge fix OK

    Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry said he’s not opposed to replacing the old bridge that leads to the area known as Caney Creek Campground.

    Berry said he voted against a resolution that would have earmarked money for the project because he wants to see a study done first.

    “What the study will do is tell us how much we’ll have to spend when we get across the water,” he said.

    Berry was one of 10 commissioners who voted against the resolution last month.

  • Rockwood crash kills three

    From staff reports

    A 14-year-old Rockwood Middle School eighth-grader and two adults were killed in a one-vehicle crash on Kingston Avenue in Rockwood Friday afternoon.

    The news devastated Malachi Thomas’ mother, Heather Thomas, who said she was heading down to Kingston Avenue when Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall and another man showed up to tell her the tragic news.

    “It is very, very hard,” Heather Thomas said Saturday. “I’ve never felt anything like this before.”

  • Rockwood football team honored with banquet

    Members of the Rockwood High School football team and cheerleaders were recognized at their annual banquet sponsored by the Rockwood Rotary Club Thursday  in the First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
    Dr. Chris Whaley, Roane State Community College president, will be the guest speaker, followed by presentation of awards and letters to the Rockwood players and cheerleaders.
    "Athletes bring us students. They play sports to get an education. Athletics are a vehicle to get students," said Whaley.

  • Rockwood Police Department investigating accident with two confirmed dead

    Rockwood Police Department is investigating a car accident that took the lives of at least two individuals on Kingston Avenue Friday afternoon.

    In addition to two fatalities, two others were transported to area hospitals with unknown injuries.

    Initial reports were that three died in the single vehicle accident.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol Critical Incident Response Team was assisting on the scene.

    Look for more in the Monday, Jan. 9, edition of the Roane County News.

  • Friday basketball games snowed out

    District basketball games slated Friday night were snowed out. The affective games were Rockwood at Harriman (District 3A), Meigs County at Midway (District 3A), Catholic at Kingston (District 4AA) and Coalfield at Oliver Springs (District 4A). The Rockwood at Harriman game will be made up Jan. 14, beginning at 3:30 p.m. with a boys junior varsity game. No other make-up dates were announced.

  • Blue Devils’ winning streak is now at 15

     teams split a pair of District 3A games with Midway Tuesday evening, as the Blue Devils calmed the Green Wave 90-43 to extend its winning streak to 15 games, while the Lady Waves defeated the Lady Devils 45-34.
    Harriman 90, Midway 43: "We still have some work to do. I am proud of the guys who came off the bench and played well," said Blue Devil Coach Shay Shannon, whose team improved 15-2 overall and 6-0 in the district.