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  • Rockwood man threatens, spits on Rockwood officer

    By Richard Evans
    A Rockwood man was arrested Tuesday on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting stop, frisk, halt arrest (no weapon), obstructing service of a process, and assault (involving law enforcement officer).
    Officer Daniel Jeffries responded to a domestic call and found a woman standing on the front porch.
    She informed the officer that James Scott Riano was inside the house and that he was drunk and being very aggressive.
    The officer said he tried to speak with him, but Riano was very loud and disrespectful.

  • Optimist Club celebrates 50th year of service

    The Kingston Optimist Club has worked for a half century to further a positive vision that will help children and others in need.

    The organization was recognized by a proclamation from the city of Kingston acknowledging 50 years of service to the Kingston community. The proclamation  encourages the organization to continue its good work.

    “The members of the Optimist Club of Kingston, Tennessee and their youth have been a constant in the lives of the people of Kingston since September 9, 1968,” the proclamation reads.

  • International president visits Civitan

    The Rockwood Civitan Club entertained a special guest at a recent meeting.

    International Civitan President Kendyl Massey attended the meeting held at the Rockwood Community Center to preside over the installation of new Rockwood Civitan president Nathan Howard.

    A resident of Maryville, Massey said she enjoys travelling around the world and the country visiting other Civitan groups.

  • Woman runs from police in Walmart

    A woman who allegedly ran from a police officer inside Walmart last month was charged with criminal trespassing.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Chris Kennedy was dispatched to the business on Thursday, Sept. 27, about a suspicious person.

    “The caller told dispatch a female who was wearing a camo hat and shirt was in the cosmetic section who appeared to be high,” the report said.

    “The caller also told dispatch the female subject was asking people if the police were here.”



    Rockwood Parks and Recreation Director Chase Clem, City Administrator Becky Ruppe and public works laborer Thomas Matthews decorate downtown Rockwood Street with festive fall flare. It’s was just in time for the Rockwood Fall Festival which was Saturday, Oct. 6.

  • What’s the SCORE? by Dana Peterka: Cost of not quality work

    During a recent meeting with education leaders in an area county, we discussed how their four K-14 education institutions could better meet the worker skill needs of local employers.

    They discussed a common employer complaint, which can be summarized as follows: “Workers do not care about doing their jobs in a quality manner. Why don’t you teach your students the importance of doing their jobs right the first time?”

    This immediately reminded me of the teachings of a guru of Quality Management, Philip B. Crosby.



    HUGH WILLETT/Roane Newspapers
    The Bettye Rose Bakery is opening soon at 105 E. Race St. in Kingston next to the Humble Bee flower shop. The store is among several new businesses opening on Race Street, including a coffee shop called Our Town Coffee Shop. Soon Kingston residents

  • DOE award recognizes UCOR for great safety performance

    URS|CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) has been recognized by the Department of Energy for outstanding safety performance in its role as lead cleanup contractor for the East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge.
    UCOR received the DOE Voluntary Protection Program Star of Excellence at the VPP Participants Association national conference in Nashville.
    This is the second consecutive year UCOR has won the award.

  • VECustomers Share awards Midway funds

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,500 in grants to Roane County organizations in September.
    Local groups receiving grants include Midway Youth Cheerleading Organization ($500), Midway Quarterback Club ($500), Midway High School Baseball Boosters ($500), Midway Girls STEM Club ($500) and Midway Youth Development Organization ($500).

  • Grants available for tree planting

    TWRA Report

    for The Roane County News

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announces the availability of grant dollars to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups, etc., with riparian tree planting projects.

    All seedlings must be purchased through the Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry. Tree planting season in Tennessee is December through March.