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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Range hoped to help course

    Harriman continues to subsidize the Emory Golf Course years after taking it over with the intent it eventually will be self-supporting.

    Officials hope spending a little more will be key to turning the course around. They are looking at a lease to give land currently used for hole 8 to a private entity to develop a driving range.

    “I think it will be a huge asset. I like it,” said Councilman Tim Johnson.

    Manager Jacob Bennett believes it could create big opportunities.

  • Taking Outdoor Kingston inside
  • Pit bull loose, owner in jail

    A pit bull described by police as “very aggressive” was on the loose in Rockwood Monday.

    Rockwood Police Officer Kendall Mitchell was dispatched to 307 Hewitt Ave. around 6 p.m. regarding an “aggressive dog chasing people,” according to the report.

    “Once there, I spoke to victim Ms. (Anita) Barrow,” the report said. “Ms. Barrow said the neighbor’s dog, a black and white pit bull, was running loose and had chased her when she took her trash to the roadway for pickup.”

  • FIDDLIN’ AROUND
  • Coffee With a Cop
  • ‘HAARRRYY!’

    A Roane County family’s little princess met Prince Charming last week.

    Prince Harry of Great Britain took the hand of 4-year-old Emma Hixson outside Edinburgh Castle in Scotland and left her speechless.

    “She was a little starstruck and didn’t talk to him,” said grandmother Rachel Hayes of Kingston. She “just smiled sweetly.”

    Emma lives in Scotland with her parents, Elijah and Katie Hixson, and little brother Haddon.