Local News

  • Sheriff asks for more deputies, raises for staff

    Following his March 9 examination of the Roane County Jail, Tennessee Corrections Institute inspector William R. Kane recommended the county contact Jim Hart to conduct a staffing analysis to determine the number of employees needed to operate the jail.   

    The county has already done that. In 2008, when the jail was still under construction, Hart, a jail consultant with the University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service, did an analysis and concluded an additional 23 employees needed to be hired to operate the jail.

  • Jail hopes program can help prisoners change

    Many may see prison as an ending, but Lt. Maretta McNichol of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office is working hard to make sure it better serves as a beginning.

    McNichol, who has been with the RCSO for eight years, is director of the Roane County Detention Center’s studies programs. Almost two dozen classes offer incarcerated women and men opportunities to better themselves and their situations.

  • Prisoners work toward new life

    Although incarcerated, Elizabeth “Beth” Cureton is building a new life.

    Currently an inmate at the Roane County Detention Center, Cureton credits the RCDC Course Studies programs with a new outlook and hope for her future.

    “It is just a different way of thinking,” she said of classes she has taken during her six months in jail.

    “I have been going through my feelings, and am learning how to deal with my emotions and my happiness,” she said.

  • Buddy’s robber enters guilty plea

    The man who robbed the Buddy’s Bar-B-Q in December pleaded guilty in Roane County Criminal Court on April 15.
    Andrew R. Stockton was charged with robbery and theft of property from $1,000-$10,000 in the Dec. 2 incident. He pleaded guilty to robbery and received a three-year sentence and $50 fine.   


    In the Friday, April 22, edition of the Roane County News, in the story Coalfield murder victim former Harriman man, the name of the victim was misidentified. The victim was Jerry Lynn “Pete” McCarroll.

  • McClure to serve six year sentence

    Jeremiah E. McClure had his community corrections probation revoked and now must serve the balance of a six year sentence in prison.

    McClure, 33, faced multiple theft and burglary counts for a 2014 crime spree. He was put on community corrections for six years last November after reaching a deal with prosecutors, who said they decided to give him a break because he went to rehab. Then criminal court judge E. Eugene Eblen, who retired on Dec. 31, warned McClure that more trouble could land him in the penitentiary.   

  • Drug Take Back set

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office with cooperation from the Walgreen’s in Harriman will be participating in the National Drug Take Back Initiative April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  
    Unwanted prescription drugs will be collected from the public at the Walgreen’s, located at 1797 Roane State Hwy. in Harriman.  
    No liquids will be accepted at the event.

  • Tea Party feels betrayed by Republican leaders

    The Republican party, from the state to the national level, is betraying its conservative base, according to speakers and attendees at the Roane County Tea Party meeting held last week at the Kingston Community Center.

    Tea Party members and speakers expressed a number of concerns about issues such as the way delegates are being chosen for the electoral college that will choose the Republican nominee for president.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: In praise of Nature’s green gifts like Poke Sallet

    Some days ago, when we dared to brave the pollen outdoors, we were strolling about the yard admiring the flush of springtime growth, when we came upon a small group of dandelions in full golden glory. Every time we do this we are once again puzzled at the state of mind that causes so many suburban householders to expend so much time and so many dollars trying to eradicate this plant from their property. Simultaneously they will expend more time and more dollars trying to get some temperamental, less beautiful, less hardy plant to grow. Strange isn’t it?


    The Roane County Board of Education had a choice to go local or outside the county for its next director of schools. It chose the latter during a meeting Wednesday evening, voting to select Leah Rice Watkins as the next director.

    “If she can’t get the job done, I’d be shocked,” Board Member Vic King said.

    “I think she’ll do a good job,” Board Chairman Darrell “Drack” Langley added.