Today's News

  • No school vote before filing deadline

    It’s looking like the Roane County Commission will not take a vote on the school system’s building program before next month’s filing deadline.

    The last scheduled Commission meeting before the April 5 deadline is Monday, March 19. The agenda for the meeting does not include any resolutions about the building program.

    Commission Chairman Ron Berry indicated the Commission is still waiting to receive something from the school system before taking a vote.

    “The schools will initiate sort of the time schedule,” he said.

  • Club-toting tot found wandering roadway

    A 21-month-old child was found wandering on Black Oak Road Monday, according to police.

    Wesley Wayne Lawson, 31, is charged with child endangerment in the incident.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Tim Hawn and Lt. B.J. Walker responded after someone called 911 to report the child in the roadway.

  • Police say man alleged Mafia connections in threats to crew

    Harriman McDonald’s employees were not “lovin’ it” too much when a man who appeared to be intoxicated allegedly threatened the crew last Friday night, March 9.

    Harriman Officer Julie Beth Parham reported she was called to the McDonald’s in regard to an intoxicated man, later identified as Justin Everett Pannell, 35, of Oliver Springs.

  • Correction

    A story in the Wednesday, March 14, issue of the Roane County News should have stated that there are 14 boat slips rented at Kingston’s 58 Landing.

  • Man in legal jam after authorities find meth in can compartments

    Larry Shane Chrisco is still facing legal trouble following a March 9 preliminary hearing in Roane County General Sessions Court. His drug charges were bound over to the Roane County grand jury.

    Rockwood police arrested Chrisco on Nov. 27. They stopped his Gold Nissan Altima in the parking lot of a restaurant and found firearms and methamphetamine in the vehicle.

  • Murder-for-hire suspect seeks trial delay

    The attorney representing murder-for-hire defendant Laura Buckingham insists he can’t be ready for trial by April 3.

    She is scheduled to stand trial that day, but Joseph Fanduzz filed a motion last week asking the court to set a new trial date.

    “Counsel has worked diligently to try to be prepared for that date, but unforeseen problems have impeded counsel’s efforts,” Fanduzz said in his motion.

    Buckingham, a Marine veteran, was indicted in 2016 on one count of solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

  • Senior bowlers putting up big numbers

    March 9
    1st High Game------JoAnn Palmer, Roger Golliher---446
    2nd High Game-------Connie Millhollon, Paul Alexander---491
    3rd High Game ---Barbara Pickering, Dean Griffin---460
    High Scores today ----- Paul Alexander- 211 game, Rick Alderfer, 214 game—Dean Griffin, 208 game
    High Series today---- Barbara Pickering, Dean Griffin--1295
    High Series For March---- Barbara Pickering, Dean Griffin--1295
    High Averages---------Loretta Carrington 161,   Rick Alderfer—191

  • Lady Knights run into wall

    The Roane County Lady Knights faced off with Pigeon Forge on the road Saturday evening. Despite a hard-fought game, the Lady Knights couldn’t find a rhythm and lost, 12-2

  • K-14 pitch not complete, officials say

    Reaction to Wade Creswell’s K-14 presentation have varied.

    “I like Wade Creswell,” Commissioner Junior Hendrickson said. “I believe in Wade Creswell to a point, but I don’t agree with him on this.”