Today's News

  • Man charged in case of missing Rockwood teen

    By Richard Evans

    The subject of a statewide AMBER Alert was found safe Saturday in Henry County, Ga.

    Haley Nicole Brandenburg, 17, of Rockwood, was missing several days after the alert was issued last Wednesday.

    Robert Andrew Garren, 31, has been charged with aggravated statutory rape in connection to the case.

    The matter remains under investigation and additional charges could be pending.

    On Friday, the vehicle the pair was last spotted in — a 2006 Honda Odyssey van — was recovered at a parking lot in Chattanooga.

  • Rockwood Christmas Tour of Homes is set for Dec. 1

    The annual Rockwood Christmas Tour of Homes in historic Rockwood will be noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

    Along with 16 historical homes decorated for the Christmas holidays, this year’s tour will include carolers dressed in Victorian attire, historic character portrayals, hand crafted gifts and refreshments.

    Advance tickets can be purchased for $15 at www.rockwood2000.com/Christmas or at Live & Let Live Drug Store, 225 West Rockwood St. on the day of the event.

    Children under the age of 12 are free.

  • THE VIEW FROM HERE: One Soldier, One War


    “Never underestimate the cruelty one human being can exact on another.”

    Charles Jennings,

    Former Army Staff Sargent, my father

    It was a long way from the red clay of North Georgia to the Rhine River in Germany for my father.

    To an 18-year-old boy who had never been much past the county line, it was almost unfathomable that any place on Earth could be so far away or so far removed from all that he believed.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Polarization hurts all

    By Mark Banker

    In the days since I last shared thoughts in this space, our nation has experienced a wave of sobering events.

    A spate of pipe bombs, several mass shootings, and hotly contested mid-term elections remind us that anger, polarization and paralysis persist and imperil our individual and collective well-being.

    In past columns, I have suggested we might consider these ongoing afflictions as responses to the bewildering economic, cultural, and technological changes that accompany modernity.

  • Rockwood goes down fighting

    By Jack Sims


    A year ago, Rockwood upset Meigs in the playoffs at Meigs County.

    History wouldn’t repeat itself Friday night as the Meigs County Tigers ended the Rockwood Tigers’ season with a final score of 28-14 at Jewel Field in Decatur.

    The teams met earlier in the season and Meigs County won the contest, 45-6.

    This time a more mature and seasoned Rockwood team kept the score respectable.

    Meigs rode the legs of quarterback Aaron Swafford to the first score of the night.

  • Season comes to end for OS

    The season came to a close for the Oliver Springs Bobcats Friday night after a 33-12 loss to Greenback at Cooper Field.

    “We knew that Greenback was going to try to score a lot of points on us,” Bobcat Coach Larry Green said. “We knew we had to come out strong and weather the storm early.”

    Oliver Springs set the tone at the beginning when quarterback Blake Crass ran for a 67-yard touchdown after finding no one in the backfield to receive the handoff.

  • Teen pilfered from Pemberton’s alcohol cabinet

    A man was arrested last week at a home owned by Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton.

    Christopher Todd Dyer is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and reckless endangerment.

    According to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, a woman spotted Dyer’s nephew slumped over on the side of the road and called 911.

    When deputies arrived, they found the nephew laying in a ditch alongside Peninsula Road.

    It was just after midnight on Nov. 7.

  • Kingston amphitheater may be ready by spring 2019

    The Amphitheater at Southwest Point could be ready for use by Memorial Day.

    The Kingston City Council was presented with preliminary plans for the 1,000-seat amphitheater at a workshop Monday, Nov. 5.

    Representatives of Spectra Tech, the Oak Ridge company managing the project, assured the council the project is moving ahead as planned.

    “It’s a straightforward project,” said Mike Shannon of Spectra Tech.

    The plan, which is being paid for using a $500,000 state grant, should also be on budget, he said.

  • Officials say TVA lied about fly ash

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody isn’t usually critical of TVA. However, his opinion of the agency’s handling of the ash spill appears to have changed following last week’s verdict in the cleanup workers trial.

    “Apparently we may have been misled on the toxicity of the ash,” Woody said Friday. “We’ve been told one thing from TVA, and there has been a jury that has found something out opposite of that.”