Local News

  • Sewer rate won’t change for Rockwood homes

    Rockwood utility customers don’t need to worry about a new sewer rate.

    Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas is considering a new rate for some customers, but it will not affect the rates of others. The discussion set for this Thursday is around a commercial customer’s request for a new rate because he uses a high amount of water but not sewer.

    “The board is going to consider changing that,” said manager Kim Ramsey.

  • Empty air ambulance good news

    Roane County emergency responders rescued a tree trimmer trapped in a tree in Rockwood Saturday afternoon.

    Joe Cagle was pinned when a limb he cut fell on his leg at the Coles Road home where he was working.

    Lifestar was called because of the nature of the incident, but was not needed.

    “He walked after that tree had been on there,” said Kathy Cole, the property owner.

    Cagle went by private vehicle to have X-rays on his injured foot.

    Cole said she was impressed by the emergency response.

  • Judge injures arm, still working

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen was back on the bench Monday, albeit a bit sorer than when he left court on Friday.

    Roane County bailiff Don Gooch said Eblen was working on his garage door Friday afternoon when he fell off a ladder and injured his arm.  

    “He’s not feeling too bad,” said Gooch, who has been Eblen’s bailiff for years.

    Eblen’s arm was in a sling on Monday. He presided in court to take a plea in a Roane County murder case.  

  • Rosado pleads to manslaughter in boyfriend's shooting death

    Tammy Rosado has until Sept. 14 to report to the Roane County Jail to begin serving her five-year sentence on voluntary manslaughter.

    Rosado pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in Roane County Criminal Court. She had originally been charged with second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of her boyfriend, James Ronald Cobb, in the couple's Kingston home.

    Cobb died April 7, 2012, days after the shooting took place.

    Read more details in Wednesday's Roane County News and online at RoaneCounty.com.

  • Check out this once in a blue moon sky July 31

    In celebration of the National Park Service’s upcoming centennial in 2016, the Obed Wild and Scenic River will host a rare event on July 31 that will feature the blue moon gracing the night sky and giving visitors their last chance to observe this celestial phenomenon for nearly three years.

    The free evening program will begin at the Lilly Bluff Overlook parking area at 7:30 p.m. and will conclude by 10 p.m.

  • Harriman officials eye lot for farmers market downtown

    The demolition and cleanup at the old Miller & Brewer building site by Roane County holds some promise for Harriman’s goal of having a farmers market downtown.

    City officials have been waiting on utilizing a grant they received for a farmers market pavilion so they could see what becomes of that property.

    “If timing allowed, we wanted to see what developed at those locations to see if they could somehow tie into the farmers market being relocated downtown,” said manager Kevin Helms.

  • Paving in Rockwood budget for 2015-16

    Rockwood’s 2015-16 city budget includes $125,000 for paving.

    The City Council approved the budget on first reading Thursday.

    Part of the paving is offset by $35,785 in disaster relief the city received last fiscal year.

    Paving itself is one reason why Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller wanted to get moving on the budget. He said the city could be cut in on a deal Roane County Road Department got on paving and get asphalt for much cheaper than if they went out later. The Road Department is using Rogers Group.

  • Musical expression taught at theater camp

    Morrison Hill Christian Church’s weeklong musical theater camp took place earlier this month.

    The play “Make It Loud” was put together by the children’s ministries director Adrienne Schaffer.

    “They are learning the songs, script and the meaning behind the play.” Schaffer said. “Not to be ashamed of telling other people about Jesus.”

    The campers come in not knowing anything and are able to perform at the end of the week in front of their friends and family.

  • No furlough for man who pleaded guilty to burglary

    John Mark Moore didn’t garner any sympathy from Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen on Friday.

    After pleading guilty to seven crimes in Roane County Criminal Court, Moore’s attorney requested a furlough on his behalf.

    “He has a number of things that he needs to do before he goes for this lengthy penitentiary sentence,” defense attorney Joshua Headrick said.

  • Class-ranking policy to include dual enrollment

    A revised class ranking policy could be in effect when Roane County students return to school next month.

    The Board of Education approved a revision on first reading at its May meeting.

    It wasn’t approved on second reading in June, however, because board members were concerned that it didn’t address students who take dual enrollment courses.

    The board did approve a revision at its July 16 meeting that school officials say addresses dual enrollment students, advanced placement students and middle college students.