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Today's News

  • Pair accused of animal cruelty

    A Rockwood pair are charged with four counts each of animal cruelty.

    Jeffrey Scott Mast, 50, and wife Dawn Mast, 45, 413 Molyneux St., Rockwood, are accused of intentionally or knowingly failing unreasonably to provide necessary food, water, care or shelter for an animal in his or her custody on or around Nov. 16, 2016.

    Rockwood Animal Control Officer Mark Neeley said the neglect case involves four dogs.

    “One had to be put down it was so bad,” Neeley said.

    The pair were booked into the Roane County Jail on Thursday, Feb. 23.

  • Kingston shooting lands man in jail

    A shooting investigation resulted in the arrest of a Kingston man on Friday. Jason Lee Whitefield, 32, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

    “We got him in custody early this morning,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said Friday.

    According to the report, Whitney Williams drove herself to the Rocky Top Market on Morrison Hill to get help for a gunshot wound to her leg.

  • Janitor accused of sex crimes

    A woman who worked as a custodian at Midway High School was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last week on sex crimes.

    Jessica Elane Galyon, 29, is charged with sexual battery by an authority figure, aggravated statutory rape and statutory rape by an authority figure. The alleged crimes occurred last September, according to the indictment.

  • No permits needed for farm buildings

    Roane County will no longer require farmers to participate in the permitting and inspection process for agricultural buildings.

    “This past month we have had a major change in our interpretation and implementation of building and codes for agricultural buildings,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “Agricultural buildings are excluded from requirements of permitting and inspection.”

    Roane County Farm Bureau Agency Manager Rusty Byrd said his organization approached Woody and questioned why

  • Driskill heads up Roane State campus

    Owen Driskill has been named Roane State Community College’s executive director for the Oak Ridge Campus and Community Relations.

    Driskill joined Roane State’s staff in 2007 after a 10-year career in journalism as a reporter and editor.

    He served as Roane State’s news coordinator until 2011, when he became the college’s director of marketing and public relations.

  • Ethics bill to look at licensed professions

    Legislation has been introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly to ensure transparency, full vetting and public input regarding “guides to practice” for all licensed professions in Tennessee.

    Guides to practice include the professions’ codes of ethics, voluntary certification programs and other professional measures that establish service quality standards.

  • ROANE MEDICAL CENTER: New council works with patients, families

    In July of last year, Roane Medical Center announced a new initiative that invited former patients and family members to provide feedback and suggestions related to various aspects of a hospital experience.

    The hospital sought out applicants for volunteer members from the community, and representatives from the hospital staff for its Patient and Family Partnership Council.

  • Accreditation in nuclear medicine awarded

    Roane Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.

    Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and treat a variety of disease, including many types of cancers, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body.

    The College’s gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

  • Parker new attorney at Oak Ridge Legal Aid office

    Michael Parker is the newest attorney for the Oak Ridge office of Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands.

    Parker will focus his practice on family law and housing for Tennessee’s largest nonprofit law firm.

    “Michael’s experience working within the juvenile courts, as well as his advocacy for the youth population, will be an asset to our firm and our clients,” said Janet Mynatt, managing attorney of Legal Aid Society’s Oak Ridge office

  • Author Mascaro to kick off series

    Knoxville area author Marilyn Mascaro will be the featured speaker at the new Arts and Lectures series at Roane State’s Oak Ridge campus.

    Mascaro, an educator, writer, traveler and East Tennessee native, will discuss her latest book, “Surviving History: The Life of B.Y. Harris in East Tennessee.”

    It’s described as “creative non-fiction” and is about a relative who fought in the Civil War.

    The event will be in the Oak Ridge City Room (A111) at 3:30 p.m. March 1.