Local News

  • Rockwood returns pool-covering grant

    Rockwood officials approved returning the grant that would have went towards covering the city pool at their meeting last week.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller proposed returning the funds at a workshop earlier in the year, citing needs for improvements at the current pool before a covering would be put in place.

    “This is something you hate to do but unfortunately there is a lot more to it than first we thought,” said Councilman Jason Jolly.

  • Dad jailed for leaving tot in car

    A father allegedly left his 1-year-old son inside a running vehicle in the Walmart parking lot on Wednesday. Rockwood police responded to investigate after someone called 911 to report the unattended child.

    Capt. Kelly Pittman said when he arrived he observed the child in a rear facing car seat in the backseat of the car.

    “The child was asleep and reporting officer did open the door to check on the welfare of the child,” the report said. “Reporting officer also noticed that the keys were in the ignition and the car was running.”

  • ‘Wow’ factor varies

    Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry was wowed by a presentation school officials gave on their $68 million building plan in March.

    “This is a ‘wow’ factor,” Berry said last month.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he got a “wow” feeling when he looked at what the plan could do to the county’s per capita debt.

    “My wow factor became when that per capita debt come up there, I’m thinking, ‘Oh my gosh,’” Woody said Thursday. “How do you manage that?”


    Residents wanting to vote on the Roane County Board of Education’s building plan could get their wish.

    District 2 County Commissioners Randy Ellis, Greg Ferguson and Junior Hendrickson filed a resolution on Friday to place a wheel tax referendum on the ballot for the Nov. 6 election. If passed, the money generated from the new tax could help fund the school board’s $68 million building plan.

    A major part of the board’s plan is building a new consolidated high school for Rockwood, Harriman and Kingston near Roane State Community College.

  • Tools left at grandma’s old house reported stolen

    A woman told Rockwood police nearly $3,100 worth of tools were stolen from a home she and her boyfriend were renovating.

    Rockwood Police Officer Rick Thomas was dispatched to 635 Tarwater St. on April 21 to investigate.

    “Upon arrival, I made contact with Ms. Skyla N. Burks,” the report said. “Ms. Burks said she and her boyfriend, Mr. Keith McClain, were working on her grandmother’s abandoned house, 635 Tarwater, to get it ready to move into.”

  • Spilled noodles scald baby

    From staff reports

    An 8-month-old boy was taken by UT Lifestar for treatment after an accidental burning on Saturday night at 205 Roberts St. in Harriman.

    Reports indicate the baby was burned on its back and arms after hot noodles were spilled on him.

    LifeStar landed at the landing pad behind the old Roane Medical Center in downtown Harriman.

    The condition of the child is unknown.

  • Push forward to move water dept. downtown

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas recently moved forward with the acquisition of properties for a future new facility.

    Rockwood City Council approved a resolution authorizing the purchase of real estate on the 200 block of Front Avenue. Two parcels are from William Gary Baisley at $85,000; 209 S. Front Ave. from William R. Wright at $25,000; and 214 Rockwood St. from Chris A. King and Annette King at $67,000.

    “We just need this property to get the ball rolling and that is why you see this request,” said Councilman Dudley Evans.

  • Commission making another attempt to fill Kelley vacancy

    The Roane County Commission will try again to fill the vacant seat in District 4.

    The seat became vacant when Steve Kelley passed away in February. His wife, Renee, and Roane County Sheriff’s Office bailiff Jerry White were nominated to fill the vacancy on April 9, but neither received enough votes to get the appointment.

    The next Commission meeting is May 14 at 7 p.m. at the courthouse in Kingston. An election to fill the vacancy will again be on the agenda.

  • Get rid of outdated, unwanted medications during Take Back Day

    Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

    Area agencies will be participating in the event, which provides people with a place to drop off their unused and unwanted medication.

    “I think it makes a big difference,” Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition Executive Director Sarah Harrison said. “It gives people a way to get rid of any unused medication that might potentially be abused.”

    The take-back event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Buck Creek crash leaves one dead

    A 51-year-old Oliver Springs woman is dead following a single-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon on Buck Creek Road, Kingston.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that a Jeep driven by Teresa A. Breeden, whose address is listed as 244 Breeden Lane in Oliver Springs, was traveling east with a load of firewood near 690 Buck Creek Road when, at the crest of the hill, she lost control of the vehicle with the right side wheels going off the road.