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Local News

  • Housecat? Uh, no
  • Communication breakdown at news offices

    Roane County News recently underwent a full upgrade to its phone system.
    This week is the first full week under the expanded system. While the new system offers increased flexibility and reliability, it has had its bugs.
    We ask our customers to be patient as we work with our vendor to straighten out these problems.

  • Cleanup employees sue

    A federal lawsuit related to TVA ash spill cleanup was filed against Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. in U.S. District Court on Thursday.
    According to the lawsuit, one of the company’s duties was to provide safety for workers at the Kingston Fossil Plant site.

  • New flag pole
  • Golden advice

    Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue dived right into the Rockwood pool Monday when she visited and taught important basics to the Rockwood Swim Team.
    “I was thinking about it the other day,” said Donahue, who is from Lenoir City. “I’ve been a part of swimming for 18 years and it has given me so much, and I think it is really important for the kids to kind of see the fun of it.”

  • Mom held kid for son to hit

    Latoya Brown pleaded guilty to assault in Roane County General Sessions Court on Monday.
    “It’s (expletive),” Brown said after she left the courtroom.

    Rockwood police charged Brown with assault in March. According to the police report, Rene T. Lee said she observed Brown push Lee’s 10-year-old son down as he was parking his bike.
    The report said another woman, Tiffany Laxton, told police, she also saw Brown push the boy down and then grab him by the shirt and hold him so Brown’s son could hit him.

  • Mountain Dew case destroyed woman

    Defense attorney John McFarland said a LaFollette woman’s life is ruined over allegations she poisoned a co-workers Mountain Dew.
    “The damage has been done by the allegations alone,” he said.
    His client, Ashley Nicole Carroll, was charged with reckless endangerment in Roane County Criminal Court. Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy dismissed the 2011 case against her last week.

  • Woman killed in crash

    A man was jailed Tuesday after a fatal wreck Monday on Eagle Furnance Road south of Rockwood.
    Johnny Ray Foland, 50, is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, DUI, driving on a revoked license, implied consent violation and leaving the scene of an accident involving a fatality.
    Teri L. Stephenson, 54, was killed in the wreck. She had a Rockwood address.
    Trooper Mike Beaty of the Tennessee Highway Patrol reported that Stephenson was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Foland.
    He was traveling westbound and failed to negotiate a curve.

  • Churches sign on to help homeless

    As many as 20 to 30 homeless families may be in Roane County at one time.
    Volunteers are working to find emergency housing through the creation of a local Family Promise.
    Family Promise is an organization that uses churches in a weekly rotation as temporary housing for homeless families.
    It is nonprofit and nondenominational and includes a day center for the families to work on finding employment, their own home and meeting other needs.


  • Kingston juggles 911 concerns

    Kingston City Council members aren’t quite ready to sign on to Mike Hooks’ new, higher-priced 911 plan, but they did take a step closer to seeing things his way.
    Council voted to defer a decision on a 911 payment schedule until September at their August full council meeting. It was the latest episode in the saga of how to handle the city’s share of E-911 payments, dating  — at the very least — to spring of last year.