Local News

  • Legislation sought for food truck sales taxes

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody is asking the county’s representatives in the Tennessee General Assembly to consider a study on the impact of traveling businesses like food trucks in a community.

    He hopes a policy group like the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations will look into it and come back with a solution to any negative impact they might have on the community.

    “We need to let the people know what the advantages and what the disadvantages of it are,” said Woody.

  • Firefighters spread Christmas cheer

    Members of the Kingston Fire Department spent the days before Christmas helping others have a brighter holiday, as they participated in two different events aimed at spreading holiday cheer.

    Early last Wednesday afternoon fire department personnel delivered toys to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville.

    Later that day, they spent time at Brookdale and Jamestowne assisted living facilities, where they enjoyed time with senior citizens.

  • Toys help make bad situations more bearable

    Children who have been in stressful situations can use something to pick up their spirits.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said that’s why his office keeps a stock of teddy bears.

    “It’s amazing what a stuffed animal will do,” Stockton said.

    Stockton said for years his office has been handing out teddy bears to children who need an emotional boost or something to take their mind off a difficult situation.

    “Kids that come in here to visit their parents are sad sometimes and we hand them out,” he said.

  • Utility hopes to save Peterman facade

    From staff reports

    Rockwood’s former Booth Funeral Home building is now history.

    The building was recently demolished as work toward construction of a new Rockwood Electric Utility administrative building continues to move forward.

    “The radio station building is in the process of being taken down,” said manager Kendall Bear recently.

    “I think they are about half finished.”

  • Could doing the time be clogging up probation process?

    One of the things officials could have difficulty addressing about Roane County’s probation situation is people who are choosing jail time over probations.

    As odd as it may sound, it’s a real issue, according to court officials.

  • Slow down near schools

    Motorists may need to slow down even more in areas around Rockwood High and Middle schools.

    Rockwood City Council on Monday approved first reading of ordinances to reduce the speed limit for portions of Hewitt Avenue and West Strang Street from 30 mph to 25 mph.

    “I think it is a great idea ...” said Councilman Jason Jolly.

    Originally, the City Council had considered making the area a school zone with a flashing sign. However, that would require much more work to accomplish.

  • Police shooting investigation continues

    The TBI identified the man shot by a Rockwood police officer last week as 35-year-old Josh Scarlett.

    “The last address of record we have for him indicates he lives in Roane County,” TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said Tuesday.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson asked the TBI to investigate after officer Brandon Smith shot Scarlett during an incident on Christmas Eve.

    “The investigation remains ongoing,” TBI spokeswoman Susan Niland said Monday.

    The shooting occurred outside the city limits of Rockwood.


    Rockwood Electric Utility intends to borrow $4.1 million for its new administrative office building instead of using reserves.

    The loan, however, is intended to have no impact on what customers pay each month, REU Manager Kendall Bear told Rockwood City Council on Monday.

    “Our plans are to not have any rate increases or things like that,” he noted.

    Bear said the reason utility officials decided to finance the project rather than use cash reserves is to ensure that rates can be kept where they need to be for customers.

  • THP "No Refusal" checkpoints in Knox during holiday; Roane sobriety checkpoint on New Year's Eve

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a “No Refusal” traffic safety enforcement campaign in Knox County during the 2015 New Year’s Eve holiday period.

    The period begins at 12:01 a.m. Dec. 31 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Jan. 4.

    The state statute regarding “No Refusal” allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers.

  • The hunt is on for veterans

    The quiet of a cool, shadowy woods and the companionship of a new friend helps a number of area veterans escape from their heavy thoughts during a special hunting trip each year.

    The Bill Inman Wounded Veterans Guided Deer Hunt of Roane County is in its fourth year, with 18 veteran hunters and their guides taking to the woods to bag some game.

    “It is nice to have people that care — care enough to do something like this,” said J.J. Sheldon, a Marine from 2001-05.