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Today's News

  • Utility worker candidates force changes in Rockwood

    The top vote getter in Rockwood City Council elections traditonally has two privileges — he becomes the new vice mayor and sits on the Rockwood Electric Utility Board.
    However, a new ordinance stops that tradition in its tracks.
    That’s because the highest vote getter in this week’s election was Jason Jolly, a Rockwood Electric Utility employee.
    Last month the Rockwood City Council approved an ordinance prohibiting utility employees from serving on the Rockwood Electric Utility Board.

  • Hanging initially deemed suicide

    Police said a 36-year-old Rockwood woman found hanging from a tree Tuesday morning apparently took her own life.
    “It’s still under investigation by the TBI, but right now it appears to be a suicide,” Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said.
    Police were dispatched to 609 N. Wilder Ave. shortly before 8 a.m. in reference to a hanging.
    “Prior to my arrival, I was advised by dispatch that the victim was cut down by the caller,” the police report said. The responding officer found Amy Lopez on the ground dead.

  • Kingston workers trim along Watts Bar Lake
  • Medic blood drive
  • Area coaches join forces for football camp

    Normally when Rockwood head coach John Webb, Oliver Springs head coach Wiley Brackett, and Cherokee head coach Brian Pankey get together on the football field there usually isn’t a lot of sharing of ideas as their number one goal is to pick up a victory on the gridiron.

  • Plenty to do at Roane County Park

    Looking for something outside to do, but you don’t have a lot of money? Look no further than Roane County Park in Midtown as the park has a lot of outdoor activities to keep you busy and most are free.

  • Kingston declared victor in annexation battle with Harriman

    The Tennesee Supreme Court has ruled that Kingston's 2008 annexation by election in Midtown is legal, overturning an appeals court ruling in favor of Harriman, which also wanted the property.

    Kingston Mayor Troy Beets announced the news at a city workshop Thursday night after he entered the room dancing.

    "I am beyond happy," Beets said.

    “It's something that those of us who have been on the council for a while have been involved with,” he added.

  • Floods highlight need for coverage

    Recent flooding in Tennessee underscored a painful truth: flooding is America’s most common natural disaster — and the cost of cleanup and repair is huge.
    Everyone’s property is in danger of flooding to one extent or another. Yet homeowner insurance policies generally do not cover flood damage.
    There is a solution.
    The National Flood Insurance Program, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, offers federally backed coverage to property owners and renters in nearly 400 Tennessee communities that participate in the NFIP.

  • HORSE for a HERO?

    A local ranch hopes to honor a deserving veteran the best way it knows how: by awarding one of its unusual horses to him or her.
    The owners of Lexlin Gypsy Ranch want to give back in a big way this Independence Day by having a sweepstakes for one of their gypsy vanner horses.
    Eric Barton and his wife, Mechelle, have decided to have a sweepstakes for a worthy veteran to win one of their horses from Lexlin Gypsy Ranch on New Hope Road near Rockwood.
    That horse is the aptly named Braveheart, a 1-year-old gelding with a beautiful gray coloring.

  • Impressions: You CAN stay cooler in this heat and humidity

    Things started heating up in our corner of the world last week.
    I don’t think it had anything to do with Memorial Day and its unofficial heralding in of summer.
    But I must admit, the constant humming of our chillers at the office last Monday reminded me that spring will soon be behind us.
    I pretty much had the place to myself as I worked through some interviews, project deadlines and telephone calls on the holiday.
    Our air-conditioning units were my only company when the sun really started bearing down.