Today's News

  • Video arraignment system mulled

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is looking into installing a video arraignment system at the jail.

    “We’re trying to get it set up,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “We’re fixing to get a requisition written up.”

    The system would allow inmates to be arraigned at the jail and not have to be taken to the courthouse.

    “Technology can save time, money and help with security,” Stockton said.

  • Recovery Court offers a second chance

    Earnest Bright said he easily blew through paychecks to feed his addiction.

    “It took my home. It took my car. Took my family. It took everything from me,” he said. “It put me in jail, took my freedom ...

    “It takes your paycheck. Everything you make is gone as soon as you get it.”

    Bright is among three people who are the first to participate in Roane County Recovery Court.

  • DIRECTOR SEARCH: School staffers may get interview promise

    The Roane County Board of Education’s director of schools search committee is recommending that any current employee who applies for the job get an interview.

    “That will be part of it when we recommend this to the full board,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    Miller, along with two other members of the search committee – Board Members Sam Cox and Vic King – discussed the search process during a meeting on Monday.

  • Reminder: Property taxes due by month’s end

    February is the final month to pay 2015 property taxes without penalty.

    To accommodate the expected rush, Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said her office at the courthouse will open on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

    She said her office plans to stick to its normal hours for the rest of the month.

    The trustee’s office is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday; and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

    The courthouse will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15, for Presidents Day.

  • TVA meetings to address ash disposal options

    TVA is hosting information open houses this week to receive comments from the public about options for disposal of ash and other coal combustion products at its Bull Run and Kingston Fossil Plants.

    The open house on Bull Run will take place today – Wednesday – at the Oak Ridge Civic Center on Oak Ridge Turnpike from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    The open house on the Kingston Fossil Plant is scheduled for Thursday at Roane County High School from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    Roane County High School is located on Cumberland Street in Kingston.

  • A closer look at Fort’s collection

    Ken Inmon studies part of the vast collection of Native American artifacts donated by Kingston’s Bob Winsbro to Fort Southwest Point.

    Winsbro will share information about some of the items he’s found along the Tennessee and Clinch rivers in Roane and Anderson counties during a special reception at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Fort’s visitor center. Arrowheads, pottery, tools, and jewelry are among the artifacts to be displayed at the Fort.

  • Leniency sought in pill mill sentence

    Leniency is being urged for a Roane County man involved in an East Tennessee prescription pill conspiracy.

    “He had never been in trouble prior to this event,” Kingston residents Mike and Linda Farmer said in a letter to Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan.

    Varlan is scheduled to sentence their son – Michael Puckett – on Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Knoxville.

  • Bridge rebuild to be let for bid

    A project to replace the bridge on Margrave Street in Harriman should be let for bid on April 1.
    That is the latest news officials have on the project, and Harriman City Council should have an update on the bridge replacement project during its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
    “I know construction is estimated to take 14 months, but I am not sure when they would give the winning bidder a notice to proceed which is what would start that 14 month block,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • Coming up: night court Stevens staying late to hear traffic cases

    New Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Terry Stevens is planning to start holding traffic court on Monday evenings.

    Stevens said his goal is to help people who have to work.

    “I think it’s important for people who have a job to not have to miss an entire or half a day’s work to come to court when the court system can provide an alternative,” he said.

    “I think it’s a good service that the court system can provide.”   

    Traffic court is currently held on Fridays starting at 9 a.m.


    The following have picked up petitions to qualify for candidacy in the Aug. 4 election; names in bold indicate those who have filed their petitions with the Election Commission and are official candidates as of Friday evening: