Today's News

  • Arrests: Sept. 1-8, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Sept. 1 — Tara Alexis Kalnasy, 20, 209 Franklin St., Kingston: illegal possession of alcohol. Bond $1,000; court date Nov. 10.

    • Jonny Dexter Key, 11265C C Road, Pikeville: failure to appear. Bond $30,000; court date Oct. 20.

    • David Lynn Kilby, 45, 1307 Airport Road, Oakdale: attachment. Bond $1,500; court date Sept. 24.

  • Roane County E-911: August Dispatches
  • GUEST OPINION: Many confused on church/state separation


    First Amendment Center

    At a time when Americans are deeply divided over the meaning of “separation of church and state,” a recent ruling from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals provides a much-needed case study in how the First Amendment’s establishment clause is supposed to work.

  • GLIMPSES: Making the case for investing in Roane schools

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column. 

    1)  None of us sees the past or present with absolute clarity. 

    2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values.

    3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

  • TWRA accepting comments on fishing proposals


    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Fisheries Division announced its proposed 2015-16 sport fish and commercial fishing regulation changes during the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission’s August meeting.  TWRA Fisheries Division Chief Bobby Wilson made the proposals at the Aug. 28-29 meeting of the TFWC held in Jackson.

  • Lady Jackets, Devils bring home plaques
  • Midway Middle takes down Burchfield, 32-14


    The Midway Middle School Green Wave took a long, winding path before they finally faced Burchfield Middle Monday night at Midway. 

    The Green Wave were originally scheduled to play at Burchfield last Tuesday, but they never made it to the field because of storms in the area. The game was then moved to Midway on Monday.

  • Hooks taking on prayer-leading role for county

    The Roane County Commission’s practice of praying before meetings will continue, according to Chairman James Brummett.

    Ray Cantrell led the opening prayer the past four years, but Mike Hooks defeated him for District 5’s commission seat in the Aug. 7 election.

    The newly elected commission holds its first meeting today – Monday.

    Cantrell took over the opening prayer responsibilities after former commissioner James Harmon lost his re-election bid in August 2010.

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  • Truckers land in jail following crash

    An out-of-state tractor trailer driver is scheduled to appear in Roane County General Sessions Court today – Monday – on charges stemming from an Aug. 14 accident on Interstate 40.

    Alexandru Cotruta is charged with DUI, tampering with evidence, following too close, failure to maintain lane and failure to exercise due care.

    Cotruta, who has a Washington driver’s license, was driving a 2008 International tractor trailer. He was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville following the accident, which involved seven vehicles.