Today's News

  • Mugger not first time offender

    The alleged mugging of an 84-year-old woman wasn’t Benjamin Heath Clark’s first run-in with the law this year. According to court records, Clark was arrested for public intoxication on Aug. 7. He was found guilty in September and fined $50.
    Court records also show that Clark’s wife filed a petition for an order of protection against him. She alleged that Clark forced himself on her while she was sleeping.

  • Salvation Army needs volunteers

    The ringing of bells outside of shopping centers has become as much a part of Christmas time as Santa Claus and his reindeer.
    The local chapter of the Salvation Army in Roane County has bell ringing days at several locations including the Harriman Kroger, Kingston Food City and Rockwood Walmart.
    The group would always love to see more volunteers, including a site coordinator to return bell ringing to Harriman Food City.
    “We traditionally have four sites in Roane County,” said Bob Lepsig.

  • Changes come to RCN

    Chances are you noticed two significant changes to the Roane County News beginning with this edition.
    Our front page logo has changed from the cyan outline of Roane County that has been on the front for decades.
    The new logo, which we think better reflects the grace and beauty of Roane County and its extensive waterfront, includes the outline of a flying heron.
    Another change you may notice is a slightly narrower width to the page.
    This change was made due to the ever increasing cost of newsprint.

  • Mullins fights to waive penalties

    Brian Mullins and his company Brian Mullins Excavating owe Roane County thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes. His attorney, Mark N. Foster, argued during a court hearing last week that the penalties on the debt should be waived because another company Mullins owns, Siteworx LLC, is suing the county over work done on the new jail. 
    Chancellor Frank V. Williams III didn’t agree with Foster’s argument and ruled Mullins must pay the penalties.

  • Injuries in Harriman collision
  • Meth suspect fights lengthy sentencing

    A woman serving 20 years in federal prison for her role in a Roane County methamphetamine conspiracy is trying to fight her sentence.
    Kristi Miller filed a motion to vacate, set aside, or correct her sentence.
    “It does not plainly appear from the face of the motion that it should be summarily dismissed,” Chief U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Collier wrote.
    Collier ordered the U.S. Attorney’s Office to file a response to Miller’s motion, which it did on Dec. 3.

  • US Bank robber gets prison time

    Justin Charles Solock was sentenced to 80 months in federal prison for robbing the US Bank in Rockwood. His sentencing hearing was held at the federal courthouse in Knoxville last Thursday.
    Solock, 25, was also ordered to pay $1,188.51 in restitution. His prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release.
    The robbery occurred on April 25. Solock pleaded guilty to the crime in August.

  • Coalfield downs OSMS

    he Oliver Springs Middle School Lady Bobcats put forth a valiant effort Thursday evening at Coalfield, but in the end, the Lady Jackets "Fostered" in a 32-29 win with Kaylea Foster having an amazing 21 points and 17 boards for  the Lady Jackets. 

  • Lady Jackets win, Jackets fall to Athens

    The Cougars of Athens came into Kingston Thursday night and played two hard fought games against the Jackets. 

    The Lady Jackets won by a final of 35-26, as they played a good game the pressure defense proved to be too much for the Lady Cougars.  

  • Cherokee splits with Rockwood

    The Cherokee Yellow Jackets and Rockwood Tigers met for the first time this season last week and both schools came away with a win.

    Rockwood’s victory came in the girls game as the Lady Tigers held off Cherokee, 33-30.