Local News

  • Ex-BOE member on budget panel?

    Former Roane County Board of Education member Earl Nall could be returning to county government.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody is looking to add him to the County Commission’s Budget Committee.

    “Earl would be a good member,” Woody said.

    The Commission is scheduled to meet in regular session today – Monday – at the courthouse in Kingston. An agenda item listed under special orders ask the Commission to confirm Nall’s appointment to the budget committee.

  • Clinton woman racks up meth charge

    A Clinton woman was charged with possession of methamphetamine after a routine traffic stop last Friday, March 9.

    Harriman Officer Logan Vitatoe stopped the Hyundai Accent with expired tags on Ruritan Road and found driver Leslie M. Anderson inside.

    A check found Anderson’s license was revoked.

    Vitatoe said Anderson consented to a search of the vehicle and passenger Kerstin Renea Lively consented to a search of her purse in the vehicle.

  • Bow-wow Hoosegow

    Ruby escaped the Roane County Animal Shelter only to find herself happily behind bars at the Roane County Jail.

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office trustees, the inmates selected to do work around the county, have adopted the sweet furry mascot.

    “I think a dog brings love and compassion to those who may not be getting a lot of love and compassion, and they can share it back and forth,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    The trustees built her a shelter themselves, decorating it lovingly with a bone that says Ruby Red.

  • No school vote before filing deadline

    It’s looking like the Roane County Commission will not take a vote on the school system’s building program before next month’s filing deadline.

    The last scheduled Commission meeting before the April 5 deadline is Monday, March 19. The agenda for the meeting does not include any resolutions about the building program.

    Commission Chairman Ron Berry indicated the Commission is still waiting to receive something from the school system before taking a vote.

    “The schools will initiate sort of the time schedule,” he said.

  • Club-toting tot found wandering roadway

    A 21-month-old child was found wandering on Black Oak Road Monday, according to police.

    Wesley Wayne Lawson, 31, is charged with child endangerment in the incident.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Tim Hawn and Lt. B.J. Walker responded after someone called 911 to report the child in the roadway.

  • Police say man alleged Mafia connections in threats to crew

    Harriman McDonald’s employees were not “lovin’ it” too much when a man who appeared to be intoxicated allegedly threatened the crew last Friday night, March 9.

    Harriman Officer Julie Beth Parham reported she was called to the McDonald’s in regard to an intoxicated man, later identified as Justin Everett Pannell, 35, of Oliver Springs.

  • Correction

    A story in the Wednesday, March 14, issue of the Roane County News should have stated that there are 14 boat slips rented at Kingston’s 58 Landing.

  • Man in legal jam after authorities find meth in can compartments

    Larry Shane Chrisco is still facing legal trouble following a March 9 preliminary hearing in Roane County General Sessions Court. His drug charges were bound over to the Roane County grand jury.

    Rockwood police arrested Chrisco on Nov. 27. They stopped his Gold Nissan Altima in the parking lot of a restaurant and found firearms and methamphetamine in the vehicle.

  • Murder-for-hire suspect seeks trial delay

    The attorney representing murder-for-hire defendant Laura Buckingham insists he can’t be ready for trial by April 3.

    She is scheduled to stand trial that day, but Joseph Fanduzz filed a motion last week asking the court to set a new trial date.

    “Counsel has worked diligently to try to be prepared for that date, but unforeseen problems have impeded counsel’s efforts,” Fanduzz said in his motion.

    Buckingham, a Marine veteran, was indicted in 2016 on one count of solicitation to commit first-degree murder.