Local News

  • Changes come to RCN

    Chances are you noticed two significant changes to the Roane County News beginning with this edition.
    Our front page logo has changed from the cyan outline of Roane County that has been on the front for decades.
    The new logo, which we think better reflects the grace and beauty of Roane County and its extensive waterfront, includes the outline of a flying heron.
    Another change you may notice is a slightly narrower width to the page.
    This change was made due to the ever increasing cost of newsprint.

  • Mullins fights to waive penalties

    Brian Mullins and his company Brian Mullins Excavating owe Roane County thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes. His attorney, Mark N. Foster, argued during a court hearing last week that the penalties on the debt should be waived because another company Mullins owns, Siteworx LLC, is suing the county over work done on the new jail. 
    Chancellor Frank V. Williams III didn’t agree with Foster’s argument and ruled Mullins must pay the penalties.

  • Injuries in Harriman collision
  • Meth suspect fights lengthy sentencing

    A woman serving 20 years in federal prison for her role in a Roane County methamphetamine conspiracy is trying to fight her sentence.
    Kristi Miller filed a motion to vacate, set aside, or correct her sentence.
    “It does not plainly appear from the face of the motion that it should be summarily dismissed,” Chief U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Collier wrote.
    Collier ordered the U.S. Attorney’s Office to file a response to Miller’s motion, which it did on Dec. 3.

  • US Bank robber gets prison time

    Justin Charles Solock was sentenced to 80 months in federal prison for robbing the US Bank in Rockwood. His sentencing hearing was held at the federal courthouse in Knoxville last Thursday.
    Solock, 25, was also ordered to pay $1,188.51 in restitution. His prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release.
    The robbery occurred on April 25. Solock pleaded guilty to the crime in August.

  • Officials warn of early flu strike this season

    Flu season has started, and health officials are seeing higher-than-usual breakouts in Tennessee and other Southeastern states for this early in the season.
    Dr. Kelly Moore, immunization program director at Tennessee Department of Health, said the flu peaks at different times, but typically in Tennessee the flu peaks in January and February.
    “This year, it started out early,” Moore said. “We want to make sure people don’t wait to get vaccinated.”

  • Family feud has $6 million ending

    A years-long family feud over a prime piece of Roane County property has turned costly for one local man.
    According to court records, Katherine M. Mounger died owning several valuable pieces of property, including a 1,200-acre lakefront tract on Dogwood Road in East Roane County.
    Two of her children, E. Jay Mounger and Katherine Mounger Lasater, are executors of the estate. They sued their brother, Charles D. Mounger Jr., in Roane County Circuit Court in 2009, alleging he caused the estate to lose out on a lucrative sale.

  • Alleged mugger explains his attack on 84 year old

    A need for money.
    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said that was the motive a man gave for allegedly mugging an 84-year-old woman Monday.
    The suspect, 23-year-old Kingston resident Benjamin Heath Clark, was arrested on Wednesday. He is charged with aggravated robbery.
    “We got a couple of good leads and a couple of good tips,” Washam said. “We went and paid him a visit, and he gave a written confession.”

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  • Give blood for the holidays

    Medic Regional Blood Center is reminding people that the need for blood knows no holiday.  
    The giving is easy, too. A community blood drive is planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Midway High School on 530 Loudon Hwy. Just look for the Bloodmobile there.
    Medic provides area hospitals with life-saving blood throughout the holiday season when donations tend to drop.