Today's News

  • RSCC athletes killed when train hits car

    Two young people are dead —  and at least two more were hospitalized as of press time from injuries sustained after their car was struck by a train Friday evening in north Harriman.

    Roane State Community College Raiderette basketball player Jadah Gallaher, 18, of Harriman and Raider team member Roderick Patrick Drummond, 22, of Greenville, S.C., died in the crash at the railroad tracks on Tanglewood Drive.

  • Rockwood park head reinstated, but on leave

    Rockwood City Attorney Greg Leffew recommended ousted Rockwood Park and Recreation Director Jody Mioduski remain on administrative leave and the resolution to take him out of office be revisited at a future City Council meeting.

    Mayor James Watts agreed, and Mioduski — who was terminated by majority Council vote on May 22 without discussion or explanation ­— will remain on the city’s payroll until Council members can again meet to discuss the issue.

    “We are going to follow what the law says,” Watts said Friday.


    Outdoor enthusiasts have something to enjoy in the shadows of the Kingston Fossil Plant with the opening of Lakeshore Park.

    “We have over two miles of paved walking trails,” TVA Senior Vice President of Projects Bob Deacy said. “Kayak/canoe launches, fishing piers, boat dock and ramp, pedestrian bridge and picnic area.”

    Officials marked the opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday.

  • Rockwood water, sewer pay off gas dept. debt two years early

    Rockwood’s water and sewer departments made their final payment on their debt to the gas department late last month.

    Councilman Pete Wright shared the good news with Rockwood City Council late last month — on the same week the final payment toward the approximately $1.165 million debt was made.

    “We are two years early,” said Kim Ramsey, who inherited the issue when she was named manager of Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas in 2011.

  • Harriman woman to plead to theft of gov’t funds

    Money that Kathy Ann Winters pilfered from the Alcoa City Schools and two professional organization was used to make purchases from department stores, buy gas and pay her mortgage and car notes.

    That’s according to a plea agreement the Harriman woman signed on May 15.

    She plans to plead guilty to one count of theft of government funds.

    A hearing is scheduled in U.S. District Court on Wednesday.

    “The defendant is pleading guilty because the defendant is, in fact, guilty,” the plea agreement said.

  • ‘Hey, lady!’ comment dismays speaker

    Westel resident Ann Pickel Harris got an earful from Roane County Commissioner George Nelson when she spoke ill of TVA at a recent work session.

    “Hey, lady! How do you know there’s arsenic over at the TVA?” Nelson asked.

    “Because the test said that, sir,” she responded. “You should have read it.”

    Nelson disagreed.

    “I live out there,” he said.

  • BOW field day coming to Knoxville


    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) will host a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Field Day on Saturday, June 14 in Knoxville at the John Sevier Hunter Education Facility.

  • Rockwood girls play big role in PLS ’99 championship run


    The PLS ’99 15-Under soccer team recently won the Tennessee State Soccer Association Division 3 State Championship by winning three games in Goodlettsville.

    PLS is a team made up of players from Rockwood, Halls, Oak Ridge and Knoxville.

  • Kingston duo enjoy strong season at Chattanooga State


    When Lindsey Stickrod and Sydney Spurgeon were playing at Roane County High School, they terrorized opposing teams with their all-around good play.

    Things didn’t change this season at Chattanooga State as Stickrod and Spurgeon put up impressive numbers in their first season playing for the Lady Tigers.

  • Roane players receive all-district recognition


    Baseball season recently came to a close, and with the end of the season comes postseason awards.

    Some of those awards came out near the end of the regular season as a total of 20 players from Roane County’s five high schools received all-district honors.