Local News

  • Majority of Center’s kids from Roane

    The Child Advocacy Center is still seeking additional funding from Roane County.

    At its Nov. 13 meeting, the County Commission opted not to vote on a resolution that would have given the organization additional funds, and instead chose to send it to the Non-Profit Committee.

    “I think it would be more proper to take it back to them,” Commissioner Darryl Meadows said.

  • Aug. 7 starts school in both 2018, 2019

    Aug. 7 will mark the first day of school for Roane County students the next two school years.

    The Board of Education approved the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school calendars at this month’s meeting.

    “We start school in the hottest part of the year,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    Each calendar was approved by a 9-1 vote. Miller was the only one to vote no.

  • Roane detective charged with DUI resigns

    Detective Greg Scalf resigned from his position with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday.

    Scalf was arrested for DUI in Knox County on Nov. 17. For more on this story, read Wednesday’s edition of the Roane County News.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: On the unholy alliance of Evangelicals and GOP

    Gentle reader: We are increasingly troubled by the marriage between that segment of the Protestant religious community styled “Evangelicals”, and the dominant wing of the Republican Party; a marriage made not in heaven. but in another place, which shall remain unnamed.

  • Get through the holidays with your health

    It’s an exhausting, stressful time of the year, and Kingston Public Library and Roane County UT Extension Office aim to help their neighbors get through the holiday season.

    The two are teaming up to present a pair of workshops in the coming weeks at the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    “How to Have a Healthy Holiday” will be on Nov. 30, with “Dealing With Holiday Stress” planned for the following week on Dec. 7.

    Roane County Extension Agent Kristina Casterline will give the presentations, both of which start at 6 p.m.

  • A hole lot of digging
  • Man says biker threatened him

    Jayson Turner of Rockwood told police he was threatened by a man on a motorcycle last week.

    Turner knows the alleged perpetrator, Larry Shane Chrisco, according to the report.

    “I spoke with Jayson Turner on Nov. 15, 2017, at the Roane County Health Department about harassment and threats he has been receiving from Larry Shane Chrisco,” Officer Jared Hall wrote in his report.

    “He told me this all started over a motorcycle he bought from him about four months ago.”

  • Midtown collision sends folks to hospital
  • ‘Menace’ label cited for venue change

    The last time Larry Adkisson faced a Roane County jury he was found guilty. He doesn’t want to face another one at his next trial.

    Adkisson’s lawyer, Ian McCabe of Knoxville, filed a motion last week requesting a change of venue.

    McCabe claims potential jurors have been tainted by coverage of Adkisson in the Roane County News.

  • Worker disputing demotion granted bonus

    The Rockwood Electric Utility Board approved a $15,000 bonus to cover lost wages and benefits for an employee appealing his demotion.

    Larry A. Thompson said his demotion was related to a 2015 driving under the influence charge in Cumberland County.

    Thompson said that charge was later reduced to reckless endangerment not involving a vehicle as part of a settlement.

    The $15,000 approved is to cover back pay. He will also be reimbursed for 80 hours of vacation and 80 hours of sick leave.