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Today's News

  • PROPERTY TAX TIME
  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: What took you all so long?

    It’s now clear that of all the stories that will grace the pages of the Roane County News this year probably none will be more controversial than that of school consolidation.

    A couple of weeks ago, I would have given the honor of most controversial issue to the aquatic weed problem, which is either a problem or not a problem, depending on who you ask, but is certainly controversial.

  • GLIMPSES: When did ‘facts’ replace facts?

    By Mark Banker

    Whatever your take on the new presidential administration, give them credit. They have added a few new terms and renewed zest to our political discourse.

    Take, for example, Kellyanne Conway’s notion of “alternative facts” or the new president’s repeated tweets about “fake news” and the “enemy media.”

    These phrases echo the disparaging rhetoric about “political correctness” that became a rallying point for conservatives in recent years.

  • KINGSTON ADVANCES

    The Kingston Lady Jackets continued their post-season run with a 60-48 victory over the Austin-East Road Runners Friday night to earn a berth into tonight’s Region 2AA semi-final at Austin-East against Knox Fulton, 41-33 winners over CAK. The winner earns a berth into Wednesday night’s championship game and a berth in the sub-state Saturday evening.

  • Missing teen found in Crossville

    A Harriman teen is safe at home after she left the city with a Crossville man on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

    Eric Saldana, 25, of Crossville, has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

    Harriman Sgt. Kent Warren said that the girl was randomly contacted by Saldana on Snapchat. Snapchat is a mobile messaging app in which users can capture photos or brief video clips and share them with friends.

  • Pursuit suspect caught

    A man who was being pursued by Rhea County authorities reportedly wrecked his vehicle in Roane County on Friday.

    “I was notified that Rhea County was trying to stop a vehicle that was on Highway 27 North potentially coming into our county,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said. “It ended up getting into our county.”

    Phillips said members of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office planned to deploy spike strips to try and stop the vehicle, but the strips ended up not being needed.

  • Pair accused of animal cruelty

    A Rockwood pair are charged with four counts each of animal cruelty.

    Jeffrey Scott Mast, 50, and wife Dawn Mast, 45, 413 Molyneux St., Rockwood, are accused of intentionally or knowingly failing unreasonably to provide necessary food, water, care or shelter for an animal in his or her custody on or around Nov. 16, 2016.

    Rockwood Animal Control Officer Mark Neeley said the neglect case involves four dogs.

    “One had to be put down it was so bad,” Neeley said.

    The pair were booked into the Roane County Jail on Thursday, Feb. 23.

  • Kingston shooting lands man in jail

    A shooting investigation resulted in the arrest of a Kingston man on Friday. Jason Lee Whitefield, 32, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

    “We got him in custody early this morning,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said Friday.

    According to the report, Whitney Williams drove herself to the Rocky Top Market on Morrison Hill to get help for a gunshot wound to her leg.

  • Janitor accused of sex crimes

    A woman who worked as a custodian at Midway High School was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last week on sex crimes.

    Jessica Elane Galyon, 29, is charged with sexual battery by an authority figure, aggravated statutory rape and statutory rape by an authority figure. The alleged crimes occurred last September, according to the indictment.

  • No permits needed for farm buildings

    Roane County will no longer require farmers to participate in the permitting and inspection process for agricultural buildings.

    “This past month we have had a major change in our interpretation and implementation of building and codes for agricultural buildings,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “Agricultural buildings are excluded from requirements of permitting and inspection.”

    Roane County Farm Bureau Agency Manager Rusty Byrd said his organization approached Woody and questioned why