Today's News

  • Haslam signs changes to TANF into law

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services is applauding the recent passage of key changes to the state’s Families First program.

    These changes help ensure families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits administered through Families First have the assistance they need to meet today’s economic realities.

    The legislation approved by the Tennessee General Assembly this year and signed by Gov. Bill Haslam makes several key changes to Families First, including:

  • 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.

  • Church-threat defendant racks up burglary charge

    The man who threatened to blow up a church last year allegedly barged into someone’s home on April 17.

    Police charged James Lombardo with aggravated burglary in the incident.

    “The victim (David Sims) said that James Lombardo had kicked the door of his residence located at 182.5 State St. and stole items,” Harriman Police Department Officer Logan Vitatoe wrote in the warrant. “David said that James kicked the front door in of his residence and stole one cellular phone, one house key and one box of change and miscellaneous items.”

  • Rockwood shaves $100,000 off price tag for fire truck

    Rockwood officials have been able to whittle down the estimate for a ladder-and-pumper-truck combination to the $800,000 price range.

    The original $900,000 cost was something that rattled Councilman Dudley Evans to begin with. He said he would like to see that number drop further.

    “I would like to see another $100,000 off this fire truck,” he said.

    However, he noted he is pleased with the warranties on the vehicles before voting on the spending resolution that includes the truck.

  • Going with the Flo: We should all measure up to Barbara Bush’s yardstick

    By Flo Charles

    The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.

    The life celebration of Barbara Bush was held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston with past presidents, dignitaries and leaders from all backgrounds and religions — 1,500 inside and thousands outside showing their respect for her life of service to her fellow man.

    She was the matriarch of one of the most powerful American political dynasties in the families of American history.