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Today's News

  • 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.”

  • CRASH SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL
  • Rockwood crash kills three

    From staff reports

    A 14-year-old Rockwood Middle School eighth-grader and two adults were killed in a one-vehicle crash on Kingston Avenue in Rockwood Friday afternoon.

    The news devastated Malachi Thomas’ mother, Heather Thomas, who said she was heading down to Kingston Avenue when Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall and another man showed up to tell her the tragic news.

    “It is very, very hard,” Heather Thomas said Saturday. “I’ve never felt anything like this before.”

  • 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.

  • FIRST SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 2017
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • LeMond fires Harriman expert

    The partnership between three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond and carbon fiber pioneer Connie Jackson didn’t last long.

    Jackson was fired as chief executive officer of LeMond Companies on Dec. 9.

    The firing came less than two months after the pair got together with local, state and federal officials to announce the creation of 242 new jobs in Roane County.

    Jackson, who lives in Harriman, responded to the firing by filing a federal lawsuit against Greg LeMond, LeMond Companies, LeMond Composites, Nicolas Wegener and Alex Jacome.