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Rockwood considers $5 citation fee for technology fund

If you get a traffic citation in Rockwood, you may soon be paying for new technology for the police department.

The Rockwood City Council is considering imposing an extra $5 fee on the court costs for citations. The money would go directly to the police department technology fund.

Police Chief Danny Wright proposed the idea to pay for computer upgrades for the department.

Based on current citation rates, it would generate about $8,000 a year.

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Semi, 4 vehicles crash on I-40 E. in Roane Co.

Crews cleared an accident involving a tractor trailer and four vehicle on I-40 East in Roane County.

The crash happened near mile marker 355 at about 12:30 p.m., according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation Smartway Map.

At one point the crash shut down the eastbound lanes of I-40.

Kingston City Council approves plan for new car dealership

City leaders in Roane County have approved a plan to put a car dealership near a neighborhood that doesn't want it.

Kingston City Council voted five to one Tuesday night to approve a plan that will rezone land just off Interstate 40. That land will eventually hold a car dealership, and city leaders hope to put a big box retailer there.

Several local residents had complained that the dealership would be too close to their homes.

Two years later, 85-year-old's murder remains unsolved


(WBIR-Knoxville) The family of Russel Blevins remains hopeful they will find answers following the 85-year-old man's murder.

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Judge: East Tenn. same-sex couple can't get divorced

A Roane County Circuit Court judge ruled that a Rockwood couple can't get a divorce in Tennessee.

Frederick Borman and Larry Pyles-Borman got married in Iowa in 2010. According to Iowa law, a couple doesn't have to be residents to get married, but they must establish residency to get a divorce. The East Tennessee couple then tried to get divorce in Tennessee because they both live in Rockwood.

Students finish high school & community college at once


A new program will allow some students to finish high school and their first two years of college at the same time.

Judge OKs settlement with Tenn. coal ash victims

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A federal judge has approved an agreement by the nation's largest public utility to pay $27.8 million to settle claims from Tennessee property owners who suffered damages from a huge spill of toxin-laden coal ash sludge in 2008.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Varlan approved the settlement on Monday.