Today's News

  • Pills proving deadly over past 8 months

    There were 19 confirmed overdose deaths in Roane County in 2015.

    The numbers this year haven’t given officials a reason to feel better about the problem.

    According to information provided by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, 15 people had died from overdoses in Roane County through the end of August. Four of those were confirmed and the final determination on the others were still pending.

  • Vehicular homicide parolee jailed for alleged violation

    Bryan K. Howard feared his July arrest would jeopardize his parole on a vehicular homicide sentence. Those concerns may have been justified.

    Howard was booked into the Roane County Jail on a Tennessee Department of Correction parole violation warrant on Sept. 14.

    “Parole violation warrants are non-bondable,” said Melissa McDonald, communications director for the Tennessee Board of Parole. “That means Mr. Howard will remain in jail until a revocation hearing can be held for him.”

    That could take a while.

  • Kingston department fires up the grill for Michael Dunn Center

    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon was dealing with fire Monday morning, but in a good way.

    Gordon and the Kingston Fire Department hosted a picnic for Michael Dunn Center at Kingston City Park.

    “We’re doing a fun day for Michael Dunn Center,” Gordon said after grilling more than 100 hot dogs. “It’s a way for us to give back to the community.”

  • Lifelong rivals?
  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Roane Schools Sorry ACT Ranking, Part II

    Gentle reader, I understand that my column of two weeks ago entitled “Both Students & taxpayers are being cheated”, based upon our county’s students’ miserable performance on this year’s (2015-2016) ACT scores, has provoked a complaint from one of the county’s powers-that-be, or big cheeses.

    It appears that this big wig opines as how my column was “negative”.


    Roane County residents joined the rest of Tennessee in feeling the crunch of a gas panic that ensued after word that a pipeline was temporarily shut down because of a leak.

    That panic led many people to rush to the pumps to fill up in fear of a gas shortage and prices jumped about 10 cents since last week.

    Stations in the area typically hovered around the $2 mark last week. Now prices are ranging from $2.09 to $2.19 per gallon of regular gas in Roane County.

  • Commissioner working for Road Dept.

    Randy Ellis, Roane County commissioner and chairman of the Road Committee, will be working for the Roane County Road Department.

    According to county payroll records, Ellis was hired by Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson for the position of “office personnel” effective Sept. 13.

    “He’s doing the litter, the fuel and the payroll,” Ferguson said. “He’s also helping with a beautification project we’re working on and the new internal controls we have to do for county offices.”

  • No breach of account info in Credit Union texting scam

    Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union representatives said a texting scam that began this weekend is not a data breach for the agency.

    Credit Union representatives also said this week all account information is secure and has not been hacked.

    “Please remind all citizens no financial institution will ever text or call a customer to request personal information,” said Rebecca E. Lawson, chief support officer/administration for Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union.

  • Eblen, Simmons portraits now at courthouse

    Retired judges E. Eugene Eblen and Russell E. Simmons Jr. returned Friday to the courtroom they presided over for many years.

    They weren’t back to hear another case, however.

    Eblen and Simmons were there to witness the unveiling of their portraits that will hang in the Circuit/Criminal Courtroom at the Roane County Courthouse.

    That’s a big honor for a judge, according to judicial officials.

  • Rockwood teen hurt in crash, father charged with DUI

    A Rockwood father was arrested on Friday after he allegedly caused a car crash that injured his teenage daughter.

    Steve Eugene Frizzell, 44, is charged with driving under the influence, child endangerment and vehicular assault.

    The accident happened near the intersection of Hwy. 70 and Delozier Lane around 6 p.m.

    According to warrants filed by Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Robert Woody, Frizzell was behind the wheel of a 1999 Buick that was headed south when the crash occurred.

    “The suspect was intoxicated,” warrants said.