Local News

  • Pill conspiracy accomplice gets 10-year sentence

    Federal prison sentences continue to be dished out for the people involved in an East Tennessee pill conspiracy.

    Shannon Hill appeared before Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan on Jan. 4 to learn her fate. Varlan sentenced her to 10 years in prison.

    Hill, 37, was born in Roane County and graduated from Roane County High School in 1997.

    According to court records, she worked with Stephanie Puckett at four East Tennessee pain clinics between 2012 and March 2015.

  • Trio racks up child neglect charges

    A stepfather was charged with child abuse and neglect on Jan. 4.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, deputies went to 104 Cedar Grove Street, Loudon, to conduct a welfare check on a 19-month-old child.

    “Once on scene, deputies were allowed into the home by Justin Sampson, the child’s stepfather,” the report said. “While inside the residence deputies observed a bent spoon, cut cigarette filters, and an orange cap to a syringe.”

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: New year means new state laws

    A number of new laws have taken effect in Tennessee this month.

    Since ignorance of the law is no excuse, it behooves us to keep track of these new regulations.

    For the most part it seems like the new laws will be beneficial to those in Roane County.

    Prescription drug abuse is a big issue in our community. It’s hard to find a local household that has not been touched by this problem whether it is because a family member is addicted or because the household has experienced crime related to addiction.

  • King’s legacy of faith to be honored in special service

    Rockwood’s third annual community worship service honoring the legacy of faith of Martin Luther King Jr. is planned for next weekend.

    “Come join us as we celebrate Dr. King’s legacy and our shared faith in Jesus Christ,” said the Rev. Kara Foster of Rockwood First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

    The service will begin at 3 p.m. Jan. 15 in First Baptist Church of Lenoir at 238 N. Lenoir Ave.

    The Rev. Erica Haigler of Speights Chapel will bring the message.

  • Security upgraded for holding facilities

    The inmate holding rooms at the Roane County Courthouse are not as stressful for Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    The completion of security upgrades to the holding rooms last year eased some of his concerns.

    “It sure helped relieve a lot of the stress from the what-ifs and what could happen,” he said.

    “That was just a place waiting to explode. We’re thankful no one got hurt before it was done.”

  • Former official, longtime mailman mourned

    A former Rockwood City Councilman and longtime letter carrier for the United States Postal Service died Wednesday.

    Charles Thomas Edwards served eight years on Rockwood City Council.

    Rockwood City Councilman Harold Holloway said Edwards served in the 1990s, including a period as vice mayor. Holloway served a brief time with Edwards on Council.

    “He was my neighbor and best friend. We got started talking, and he talked me into running for Council,” said Holloway.

    “I think the world of Charlie,” he added.

  • Brown filling OS term

    A new Oliver Springs alderman will officially fill the vacant Ward 3 position Jan. 19.

    The town’s board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously Thursday to appoint Kenneth Brown of Hen Valley Road to the post.

    He will be sworn in Jan. 19 following the “old business” portion of the meeting, said Oliver Springs Mayor Cecil Crowe on Friday.

    Brown’s father, the late Eldon Brown, had also previously served as an alderman, Brown confirmed Friday.

  • Berry: Bridge fix OK

    Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry said he’s not opposed to replacing the old bridge that leads to the area known as Caney Creek Campground.

    Berry said he voted against a resolution that would have earmarked money for the project because he wants to see a study done first.

    “What the study will do is tell us how much we’ll have to spend when we get across the water,” he said.

    Berry was one of 10 commissioners who voted against the resolution last month.