Today's News

  • Firms ‘fed up’ at Roane Academy

    Omni Visions President and CEO Steve Norris got an earful at last week’s Industrial Liaison Committee meeting.

    Several Roane County commissioners and business people expressed dismay with the number of incidents that have transpired this summer at Roane Academy, a Level 3 Omni Visions facility for male juveniles in the Roane County Industrial Park.

    “We moved to the industrial park to conduct business, not to take care of kids,” Betty Kober said.


    Fighting fires has always been in David Kirby’s blood.

    But after more than 40 years with the Rockwood Fire Department, the 63-year old Kirby is retiring and ready to start the next stage of his life.

    “This is something I always wanted to do, but 40 years is enough,” Kirby said at a surprise retirement party Friday.

    “It’s time to give the younger ones a chance to have the experience I had.”

  • Pill mill’s ‘Aunt Bea’ sentenced to 280 years in prison

    A woman convicted of running a massive pill mill operation will likely die behind bars.

    Last week, U.S. District Judge Curtis L. Collier sentenced Barbara Lang, also known as Aunt Bea, to 280 years in federal prison.

    Lang was found guilty in January of two counts of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, five counts of maintaining a drug-involved business and 14 counts of structuring financial transactions to evade reporting requirements.

    The verdicts marked the conclusion of a 25-day trial that spanned nearly three months.

  • 7 pounds of meth found at drug bust

    A California man allegedly caught with 7 pounds of crystal meth last month still sat in the Roane County Jail on Friday.

    Fernando Eudave Castaneda, 26, is charged with felony possession. He was arrested by the Tennessee Highway Patrol on July 17.

    According to the affidavit, state troopers Kevin Stroup and Jonathan Scott were patrolling area hotels at 4 a.m. when they noticed a red Honda Accord with no tags in the parking lot of Kingston’s Super 8 on Kentucky Street.

  • Woman found hurt in yard dies last week

    A woman who sustained serious injuries Aug. 16 at her boyfriend’s home died last week.

    An autopsy has been ordered to rule out possible foul play in injuries sustained by Kristin Mallory Cupp. She died late Thursday.

    “They are supposed to do the autopsy tomorrow,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said on Friday.

    “I don’t know when I’ll get any official results.”

  • Equalization board convenes Tuesday for appraisal appeals

    The Roane County Board of Equalization will start holding meetings this week to hear appeals from property owners unhappy with their new appraisals.

    The five-member board will meet on the third floor of the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

    Chairman Thaxton Brown said they will hold an organizational meeting today – Monday – and start hearing appeals on Tuesday.

  • Annual street festival making more of a joyful noise

    We East Tennesseans bid farewell to summer in a big way on Labor Day weekend.
    The University of Tennessee Volunteers open football season with orange pride on Saturday in Nashville.
    Boomsday, Knoxville’s fireworks spectacular for 28 years, takes its final bow with a bang on Sunday.
    But in The RoCo, it’s Harriman that takes center stage.


    A TRIO OF TRIADS: A 3-on-3 basketball tournament for ages 10-16; teams can be co-ed. 11 a.m. Monday, Fred R. Davis Park (formerly Triangle Park), Harriman. 321-2130, or visit the Bria-Shannel Committee on Facebook for details.

    HORSIN’ AROUND: Two-day East Tennessee Cutting Horse Association show. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Roane State Expo Center’s indoor arena. Free to spectators. Lynn Hicks at 423-741-1435 or hhicks@btes.tv.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Will Bill get government out of government?

    As this is written, we know not what the next steps will be in the case of the Kentucky official who has been refusing to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples, claiming that to do so would violate her religious principles.

    There seems to be a lot of that going around these days, with folks claiming that their religious principles are endangered by baking wedding cakes, or providing flowers for wedding ceremonies, etc., etc.