Today's News

  • Knife wielder taken to jail

    Roane County sheriff’s deputies encountered a man with a knife when they responded to a domestic call at 2755 Sugar Grove Valley Road, Harriman, around noon on March 21.

    Lawrence Stringfield was charged with criminal trespass and eight counts of aggravated assault for putting the lives of relatives and deputies in fear of bodily harm.

  • Woman charged with filing false report about fatal fire

    A Rockwood woman is charged with filing a false report after Roane County Sheriff’s Office investigators determined she was not forthcoming about being dropped off at 1147 Mountain View Road on March 15, the night before emergency responders came to fight a fire at the home where the body of Jonathan Pesterfield was found.

    Lydia Vasquez 27, 5338 Roane State Hwy., was booked into the Roane County Jail on March 22.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said Vasquez and others will be interviewed again as part of the investigation.

  • Roane native Jason Eskridge performing to raise money for NAACP facility

    The renovation of the Greenwood School in Kingston is being aided by the efforts of numerous volunteers working to create a unique community resource.

    The project, which began in February under the guidance of the Roane County Chapter of the NAACP, includes structural and electrical repairs and remodeling including a meeting room, office space, a kitchen area and a gym.

  • Talent competition creates singing Idols, helps veterans

    Roane County residents can show off their musical chops while contributing to helping build tiny homes for disabled veterans in need.

    Tennessee Idol, a state singing competition, is holding talent contests in each county across the state.

    At 7 p.m. March 25, Roane County’s contest will be at the O’Brien Theatre on Roane State Community College’s campus.

    “All the proceeds go to A Home 4 Heroes,” said Becki Tumlin, director of marketing.

  • REU board eyes improvements to Kingston office

    The paint is barely dry at Rockwood Electric Utility’s new headquarters in Rockwood, and the board is looking to make upgrades at the Kingston office.

    The REU Board agreed unanimously Tuesday to approve a proposal from McCarty Holsaple McCarty to provide architectural and engineering services leading up to the expected upgrades. Those services will include developing both construction and design documents, said REU General Manager Kendall Bear.

  • Scenic Drive

    Roane County offers an abundance of stunning scenery 365 days a year — and none are more stellar than springtime in communities south of the Tennessee River.

    This rural landscape along River Road shows nature’s contrast of white-blossomed trees against a cloudless azure sky.

  • Setting SAIL: Appendicitis delays, but doesn’t dampen, excitement of Naval Academy acceptance

    March 1, 2017 will be a day that Roane County High School senior Naomi Parks will never forget.

    It was on that day she had an appendicitis attack that landed her in the hospital for emergency surgery. However, it was also during this time that she received a phone call that will change her life.

    “I was in the emergency room at Roane Medical Center having an appendicitis attack when Congressman (Chuck) Fleischmann called saying I had been accepted into the Naval Academy,” Parks recalls. “I was in pain, but I was really excited.

  • Authorities identify fire victim

    A man found dead in a house fire south of Rockwood has been identified.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said the man was Jonathan Pesterfield, 33, of the Kingston area.

    “We had dental records here from the jail,” said Stockton.

    “They made a positive identification from the X-rays.”

    Pesterfield had work done while incarcerated. Those X-rays were given to the Forensic Center in Knoxville, where he was identified.

  • Convicted rapist sentenced to 120 years

    A Harriman man has been sentenced to 120 years in prison after being convicted on four counts of rape of a child.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s office announced that at a sentencing hearing this week in Kingston, Roane County Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced 40-year-old John Paul Little to serve 120 years in the Tennessee Department of Corrections prison system.

    Little was convicted by a Roane County jury back in December 2016 following a two-day trial on four counts of rape of a child.

  • Carp control weeds

    Grass carp have been an effective solution in dealing with invasive weeds, according to a representative of a lake community in Virginia that has battled non-native plants for several years.

    Jeff Caldwell represents Friends of Claytor Lake, a nonprofit organization representing about 2,100 homeowners and others living and working around Claytor Lake in Virginia.

    Caldwell spoke at a meeting  — held in the offices of The Roane Alliance — of a stakeholders group that is being formed to address the weed issue on Watts Bar Lake.