Today's News

  • Scuffle over cellphone ends in robbery charge

    An elderly Crossville man allegedly scuffled with a clerk at the Harriman AT&T store last week over a cellphone.

    Marcel Bilodeau, 73, was charged with robbery in the incident. According to the warrant, Bilodeau “was attempting to exchange a cellphone which exceeded company policy.”

    “The victim said the defendant eventually agreed to pay for the cellphone,” the warrant said. “However, after the victim retrieved the phone from inventory, the defendant attempted to grab the phone across the checkout counter without paying.”

  • Empty air ambulance good news

    Roane County emergency responders rescued a tree trimmer trapped in a tree in Rockwood Saturday afternoon.

    Joe Cagle was pinned when a limb he cut fell on his leg at the Coles Road home where he was working.

    Lifestar was called because of the nature of the incident, but was not needed.

    “He walked after that tree had been on there,” said Kathy Cole, the property owner.

    Cagle went by private vehicle to have X-rays on his injured foot.

    Cole said she was impressed by the emergency response.

  • Sewer rate won’t change for Rockwood homes

    Rockwood utility customers don’t need to worry about a new sewer rate.

    Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas is considering a new rate for some customers, but it will not affect the rates of others. The discussion set for this Thursday is around a commercial customer’s request for a new rate because he uses a high amount of water but not sewer.

    “The board is going to consider changing that,” said manager Kim Ramsey.

  • Judge injures arm, still working

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen was back on the bench Monday, albeit a bit sorer than when he left court on Friday.

    Roane County bailiff Don Gooch said Eblen was working on his garage door Friday afternoon when he fell off a ladder and injured his arm.  

    “He’s not feeling too bad,” said Gooch, who has been Eblen’s bailiff for years.

    Eblen’s arm was in a sling on Monday. He presided in court to take a plea in a Roane County murder case.  

  • TVA properties go for more than $9 million

    Luxury homes and home sites bought by TVA in the wake of the 2008 fly ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant were auctioned off Saturday for $9.183 million.

    Sixty-two properties were sold at absolute auction by J.P. King Auction Co., a firm retained by TVA to publicize and sell holdings the federal agency purchased after the ash catastrophe, which released more than 5 million cubic yards of ash, a byproduct of coal burned at the Plant, into the environment.

  • Rosado pleads to manslaughter in boyfriend's shooting death

    Tammy Rosado has until Sept. 14 to report to the Roane County Jail to begin serving her five-year sentence on voluntary manslaughter.

    Rosado pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in Roane County Criminal Court. She had originally been charged with second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of her boyfriend, James Ronald Cobb, in the couple's Kingston home.

    Cobb died April 7, 2012, days after the shooting took place.

    Read more details in Wednesday's Roane County News and online at RoaneCounty.com.


    Christopher Lee Powers cut a deal with prosecutors on Friday in his criminal cases.

    Judge E. Eugene Eblen accepted the agreement and sentenced Powers to 13 years in prison.

    “I think it was an acceptable outcome,” Assistant District Attorney General Terry Stevens said. “It was important to get someone with his criminal activity off the streets.”

    One of the cases that Powers entered a guilty plea in stemmed from a Feb. 9 police chase that ended with him getting shot.

  • Budget OK’d, but raises for county workers yet to be paid

    The Roane County Commission approved a 1.5 percent raise for county employees this month, but the extra cash has yet to show up in their paychecks.

    That’s because while commission has approved a budget for the fiscal year, it has yet to set the tax rate that will fund it.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said the money for the raises will not be released until a tax rate is approved.

    “There’s still some risk that they may not approve the tax rate,” he said.

    The vote that set the budget passed 8-7.

  • Class-ranking policy to include dual enrollment

    A revised class ranking policy could be in effect when Roane County students return to school next month.

    The Board of Education approved a revision on first reading at its May meeting.

    It wasn’t approved on second reading in June, however, because board members were concerned that it didn’t address students who take dual enrollment courses.

    The board did approve a revision at its July 16 meeting that school officials say addresses dual enrollment students, advanced placement students and middle college students.

  • No furlough for man who pleaded guilty to burglary

    John Mark Moore didn’t garner any sympathy from Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen on Friday.

    After pleading guilty to seven crimes in Roane County Criminal Court, Moore’s attorney requested a furlough on his behalf.

    “He has a number of things that he needs to do before he goes for this lengthy penitentiary sentence,” defense attorney Joshua Headrick said.