Today's News

  • Rockwood man hits trouble on water

    The rain-swollen Emory River was a dangerous place to be over the weekend.

    A Rockwood man reportedly was transported to Roane Medical Center Sunday while swimming near Oakdale in Morgan County.

    Carl D. Ooten, 53, was swimming with several others at the Big Burton Hole, around 5 p.m. when the incident occurred.

    Witnesses said he “had jumped in, came up to take a breath, went back under, and they could see him swimming,” according to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office report.

  • ‘I’d been there long enough’

    Something was markedly different about last week’s meeting of the Roane County grand jury. For the first time in decades, Charles Snow was not the foreman.

    “I’d been there long enough,” Snow said.

    According to the District Attorney General’s Office, Snow’s tenure as grand jury foreman started in 1987. It lasted until February, when he decided to step down after that month’s grand jury session.

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  • Roane eligible for storm aid

    From staff reports

    President Donald J. Trump has approved major disaster declaration for Roane and 11 other Tennessee counties as a result of damage that occurred during the storms late last month.

    The storms caused more than $1 million in damage to Roane County, including heavy damage to power lines.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations.

  • Meeting canceled for lack of interest?

    Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry planned to ask questions about the proposed 2017-18 budget during a work session last Thursday.

    He didn’t get the chance because the work session didn’t take place.

    “I guess I misunderstood,” Berry said.

  • Trio indicted on sex-crime charges

    Activity on social media resulted in trouble for a registered sex offender.

    Gary Wayne Pierce was indicted last week for nine sexual offender registration violations.

  • Margrave Bridge Work
  • SCHOOL Scoop: Vision has life-changing potential

    By Leah Rice Watkins

    Dear Roane County School System Stakeholder,

    First, I would like to sincerely thank you for your welcoming me into this community. I have had the opportunity to collaborate with outstanding teachers, parents, county officials, and students since my relocation to Roane County. I thank you for the importance you place upon the education of the students within the county and the pride you have for the work in our schools.

  • Woman accused of attempted murder

    Regina Denise Walker, a 55-year-old Rockwood woman, is charged with attempted second-degree murder in Roane County Criminal Court.

    She’s accused of striking a Kingston woman, Liliane Martorelli, with a Toyota 4Runner on June 24, 2015.

    “Witnesses saw her hit Liliane, back up and try to hit her again,” Kingston Police Department Detective Keith Kile said.


    Developers are planning to restart a subdivision project in Roane County that was once the subject of controversy.

    David Beverly, the project engineer for The Cove at Blackberry Ridge, appeared before the Roane County Planning Commission on June 21.

    “We’re here tonight trying to reactivate the subdivision,” Beverly said. “It’s been on standstill here for several years. We’re here tonight with a preliminary plat request.”

    The Cove at Blackberry Ridge is located off Huffine Road near the Loudon County line.