Today's News

  • Rockwood parks chief on leave

    Rockwood Parks and Recreation Director Jody Mioduski is on administrative leave.

    Not much more is known at press time. Questions were referred to Mayor James Watts, who did not return calls at press time.

    Mioduski was hired in December 2012.

    His predecessor Tom Pierce was put on leave and then resigned amidst allegations that he used city funds to make personal purchases including firearms, clothing and photography equipment.

    Pierce was indicted in February 2013 on official misconduct, theft and unauthorized use of credit cards.

  • 25 acres transferred from feds

    The Department of Energy transferred approximately 25 acres at the Heritage Center in Roane County to the Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee.

    The site was signed over this week to CROET for private sector use.

    U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and David Klaus, DOE’s deputy undersecretary for management and performance, joined the group of area business leaders for the celebration.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Will there be no Toms, Dicks nor Harrys?

    As we began last week’s column, we remarked that we had a number of topics that we wanted to comment upon, and as we concluded that column, we said that we had “other items to comment upon, and may next week.”

    Well, next week is here, and we see no reason not to continue with the series of short comments that we began last week, so:

  • City to pave state road stretch

    When it comes to state roads, it’s usually the state that takes on repairs.

    No so in Rockwood this year.

    City officials are reaching into their own coffers to resurface a stretch of Gateway Avenue between Wheeler and Stratton streets.

    Deep ruts have formed at some of the intersections, and those have caused accidents, according to City Administrator Becky Ruppe.

  • Company requests Plateau Park site

    Another entity is eyeing the fledgling Plateau Partnership Park.

    According to a public notice from Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey, Alternative Engineering Solutions “has expressed interest in a location inside the Plateau Partnership Park.”

  • Better tie it all down, police chief warns

    “It’s that time of year,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said this week. “Thieves are breaking into everything and taking anything that’s not tied down.”

    Police have their hands full trying to keep up.

    A 45-year-old Maryville man faces charges for an alleged burglary incident in Kingston on May 9.

  • Goddards decide to rebuild on site after losing everything in winter fire

    Roane County Commissioner Jerry Goddard and his wife, Sherron, have decided to rebuild instead of relocate.

    The Goddards’ home on Cemetery Lane burned in December. Jerry Goddard said they are rebuilding on the site.

    “We’re pretty much on the same lot,” he said. “We just moved it over a little bit. Had to have a lot of excavating done.”

    Goddard said they lost everything in the Dec. 18 fire.

    “For me, it was an easy decision to rebuild,” he said. “It was tough for my wife, though.”

  • Students put talents on display


  • Prosecutors claim Smoot MIA for over a month

    The whereabouts of murder defendant Shawn Smoot were unknown for more than a month, according to a motion filed by prosecutors on Monday.

    Smoot was released from the Roane County Jail on March 26, 2013, after his parents posted a $250,000 cash bond.

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen revoked the bond and issued a warrant for Smoot’s arrest on April 23, a day after he was charged with DUI in McMinn County.

    The motion filed by prosecutors seeks to permanently revoke his bond.

  • County leaders laud McCuiston

    Former official Glenn McCuiston was remembered at Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting.

    McCuiston passed away on May 8. He was 76.

    Commissioner Ron Berry said he served with McCuiston on the old Roane County Quarterly Court.

    “He’s going to be missed,” Berry said.

    McCuiston was also active in the city of Rockwood, where he served on the City Council and Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board.

    Berry said serving was one of the things McCuiston loved to do.