Today's News

  • Rockwood approves property tax discount

    By Richard Evans

    Rockwood residents were once again given an opportunity to save on their property tax following action taken by the Rockwood City Council Monday, Oct. 22.

    Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that provides a 2-percent discount on property tax payments for those who pay early.

    “I think it’s a great thing. It’s not a whole lot but every little bit helps. I’m sure people appreciate it and I’m glad we can do it,” said Councilman Jason Jolly.

  • Gambrell sentenced to probation for assault

    Jeremy Alexander Gambrell received the minimum sentence for his conviction on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

    “I think it should be the minimum sentence allowed,” said Gambrell’s attorney, John McFarland.

    “It would be three years unsupervised probation and diversion.”

    That’s what Gambrell received.

    The only thing the state opposed was the diversion.

  • Cleaning Up
  • Rockwood man held against will

    By Richard Evans

    Kimberly Denise Dagnan, 35, of Rockwood, has been charged with domestic assault and false imprisonment while the police are searching for her alleged accomplice in an incident that occurred Monday, Oct. 29.

    According to an incident report filed by Rockwood Police Officer Patrick Reichard, Harry Pelfrey claimed he was assaulted and locked in a room by a man and a woman.

  • School system ponders the director search process

    It could be next spring before the Roane County Board of Education picks its next director of schools.

    The board’s Director Search Committee met on Monday, Oct. 29, to discuss the process. There appeared to be a consensus among members that spring is a good time to conclude it.

    “I would like to have the final interviews in April, and have the hire by the first of May,” Board Member Danny Wright suggested.

    The school board hired Leah Rice Watkins in the spring of 2016 to replace Gary Aytes.

  • A ‘dog’ is a man’s best friend at Old Pals Kitchen

    Don’t let the construction on Roane State Highway scare you, Old Pals Kitchen in Rockwood is serving up gourmet hotdogs worth stopping for.

    Lucas and Rachael Denham just celebrated the one-year anniversary of the opening of the restaurant.

    After experimenting with the menu and local appetites the couple decided to focus on doing one thing really well — hotdogs.

    Lucas brings years of experience from working as a chef in upscale dining establishments.

  • Food City starts holiday food collection

    This holiday season, Food City is launching a new program — the Holiday Friends in Need Food Drive.

    “Hunger is a serious problem throughout our region. Food City is proud to introduce what we hope will be an annual program — the Holiday Friends in Need Food Drive. This much needed food drive will benefit local hunger relief organizations throughout our area,” says Steven C. Smith, Food City’s president and chief executive officer.

  • Meilleur named NSSA secretary

    Flora Meilleur, a researcher at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected by her peers to be secretary of the Neutron Scattering Society of America.

    Meilleur is a structural biologist specializing in protein chemistry and neutron crystallography and serves as an instrument scientist at the Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor.

    Her term as NSSA secretary begins Jan. 1.

  • Tourism commissioner visits Roane

    Commissioner Kevin Triplett of the Department of Tourist Development made a recent visit to discuss tourism and its impact on the state and Roane County in particular.

    Meeting with members of the Roane Alliance Board of Directors, Triplett reiterated the importance of tourism not only as a revenue source but as a platform to create a quality of life attractive not only to visitors but citizens alike. That, said Triplett, is a key component in driving economic development.