Today's News

  • Two dogs shot, then released to owner



    A Roane County sheriff’s deputy shot two pitbulls Saturday on Keylon Drive in the Midtown area.

    According to a sheriff’s office offense report, animal control officer Josh Strickland requested backup after two pitbulls chased him to his truck.

    Deputy John Mayes was one of the officers who showed up to help.

  • Accident leaves Rockwood teen dead



    A dream that doesn’t seem real. That’s how Patricia Morrone described losing her son over the weekend.

    Tyler Bennett, 14, of Wheeler Street in Rockwood, died on Saturday at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. He attended Rockwood Middle School during the recently completed school year.

    Friends and family said he cut his leg early Saturday morning after punching out a window at an abandoned house.

  • Rockwood trio selected to all-star team

    Rockwood Middle School football players Drake Long, Brant Mitchell and Kyron Inman have been selected to be part of the first-ever Kentucky vs. Tennessee Future Stars All-Star Classic that will be played Saturday at 1 p.m. in Louisville, Ky.

    Nearly 300 players competed for a spot on the Tennessee team at the Knoxville Combine on April 24. Players were then chosen to compete on either the seventh grade all-star team or the eighth grade all-star team.

  • Real estate agent busy, but not with sales



    The phones have been ringing a lot lately at Joyce Fitzgerald’s Realty Executives’ office on Gallaher Road, Kingston.

    Fitzgerald said the increase is not because more people are looking to buy a home. She attributes it to the county’s reappraisal.

    Property owners have been calling, wanting to know if their property is really worth as much as the property assessor’s office says it is.

  • Swan Pond appraisals seem to defy logic



    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers the TVA ash spill “one of the worst environmental disasters of its kind in history.”

    Imagine the surprise of some Swan Pond residents who received new appraisal cards from the county last month and saw that their property values didn’t decrease, but actually rose.

    “The property appraisals do not reflect at all the hardship the community has gone through,” Tom Grizzard said.

  • Devils knocked out of state tourney



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    With no seniors on his roster, Harriman head coach Andy Adcox knew his Blue Devils might run into some trouble this week at the TSSAA Class A State Tournament in Murfreesboro. Adcox was right as his squad was eliminated after two games.


    Powerful Decatur County Riverside bested the Blue Devils 16-3 in Tuesday’s tournament opener then Nashville Christian School (NCS) ended the Blue Devils season on Wednesday, 9-4.


  • When did water board members step aside?



    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Board Chairman Harold Ishman first received word that three board members were resigning in letters dated March 26.

    Those documents, delivered to Ishman before what was to be the board’s April 26 meeting, indicated Carl Lehman, LeRoy Wilson and Dean Woodall planned to step off the board in a month, on May 26.

    They weren’t, however, the only notices he received. About two weeks later, Ishman received a second set of letters at his home.

  • Two injured when plane overshoots runway



    Two people were injured on Memorial Day when a small single-engine plane overshot a runway at Oliver Springs Airport.

    Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputy William S. Lucas identified the victims as Elizabeth Reilly Fiala, 57, and Thomas Alan Fiala, 67, both of Dickson.

    Lucas reported he met with Oliver Springs police at the airport at 320 Airport Road and saw the aircraft in a creek off the north end of the runway.

  • Keeper of the stones: Dyllis Cemetery trustee takes job personally



    On Memorial Day, the focus is on lost loved ones.

    Bob Brannon, however, a trustee for Dyllis Cemetery, makes remembering an everyday thing.

    He long had been a dedicated trustee, but since the death of his wife, Jeanette, in 2006, he’s there practically daily.

    “I do it because I’m 79,” Brannon said. “I have nothing else to do in the summertime besides this and feeding my cat,.”

  • Ishman, Nuckols get OK to sign workers' checks



    Monday was the scheduled payday for the 34 employees of Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas.

    Due to the Memorial Day holiday, they won’t receive their paychecks until Tuesday.

    A day’s wait is a welcome relief, however, for many of the workers who worried last week they wouldn’t receive their pay at all because of the believed disbandment of Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Board.