Today's News

  • School threats bring arrests

    Authorities charged an Oliver Springs High School student for threats he allegedly made last week.

    “We’ve concluded that he did not actually have any intention of doing anything,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Art Wolff said Thursday. “However, his threats did create quite a bit of alarm within the students and the community, so we have taken out a juvenile petition and he’s in the process of being taken into custody to go down to juvenile as we speak.”

  • Commissioner remembered as ‘great,’ ‘big-hearted guy’

    Roane County Commissioner Steve Kelley passed away unexpectedly last week. He was 63.

    “He’ll be missed greatly on the Commission,” Commission Chairman Ron Berry said.

    “He was a great guy,” Commissioner David Bell added. “A big-hearted guy.”

    County Executive Ron Woody said Kelley suffered a heart attack.

    Kelley served on the Commission’s Budget Committee, which Woody chairs.

  • Jail inmates fight on way to church

    Roane County is reportedly on the hook for the “tens of thousands of dollars” it took to treat an inmate who was injured during a fight at the jail earlier this month.

    The incident happened on Feb. 2. According to a warrant, Deputy Christian Pryor was letting prisoners out of their cells to go to church.

    That’s when inmate William Joseph Lanter allegedly attacked inmate John Dalton Edde by punching Edde in the face and head.

  • Harriman alum brings engineering back home

    Students at Harriman Middle School were treated to a special lesson from Heather Pridemore as part of Engineering Week.

    Pridemore, a chemical engineer at the Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge, visited Victoria Henley’s eighth-grade science class and gave a talk about the engineering field along with the many types of engineers that they can study.

    Pridemore is a Harriman High School alumnus and has been visiting Henley’s classes for more than eight years.

  • March for Meals at breakfast

    Mid-East Community Action Agency welcomes the public to attend a March for Meals kick-off breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Michael Dunn Center.

    Call 354-0450 to RSVP.

    Those attending will have opportunities to meet the staff, drivers and volunteers, view preparation and staging, and hear more about Meals on Wheels in the community.

    March for Meals is a monthlong community celebration of Meals on Wheels and the vulnerable seniors who rely on the vital service to remain independent at home.

  • Authorities check out school threats

    Authorities have looked into multiple threats made against schools in Roane County. The threats come days after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Florida.

    “We’re trying to talk through these issues with the school system and the sheriff’s department to address them,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said. “But it’s not just Roane County. It’s all over East Tennessee, Tennessee and I’m sure other parts of the country, too.”

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  • Woman charged with rape of inmate

    A female inmate at the Roane County Jail was reportedly raped in one of the housing pods last fall.

    Another female inmate, Amanda Ileen Brown, was charged in the incident. Others may have been involved, according to a warrant filed in the case.

    The incident happened around 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 17.

    According to the warrant, the alleged victim was surrounded by female inmates in the upper level of the pod and was told by Brown that she had drugs inside her and had to share them.

  • Roane property tax deadline looming

    The deadline to pay 2017 property taxes without penalty is Feb. 28.

    “We’re expecting a lot of payments,” Trustee Wilma Eblen said.

    To accommodate taxpayers, Eblen usually opens her office for a few hours the last Saturday in February.

    Her office will be open this Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

    The Trustee’s Office is located on the first floor of the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.