Today's News


    With Halloween just around the corner, the Rockwood home of John and Donna Flask at 210 N. Kingston Ave. is going all out to celebrate the event.

    Their yard is full of spiders, pumpkins, skulls and all kinds of creepy looking figures.

    Once night falls, their home even turns into a theater of sorts as a projection device displays even more Halloween-themed embellishments.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Leniency in epidemic disgraceful

    Is there anybody in Tennessee who doesn’t know we are facing a prescription opioid epidemic?

    Our state is leading the nation in use of prescription opioids. Crime, especially theft fueled by addiction, is raging out of control.

    Several District Attorney Generals, including our Russell Johnson, have begun efforts to hold the pharmaceutical companies liable for shipping more prescription painkillers into our state than could possibly be justified for medical uses.

  • Facts key to battling breast cancer

    By Brenda Fleischmann

    Special to Roane County News

    My husband and I recently had the privilege of participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Chattanooga.

    I listened as my husband told the audience about how his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was 9 and how she died from the disease when he was 14.

    As a child, my husband didn’t understand what breast cancer was. Unfortunately, he did understand what it was like to lose his mother.

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  • ORNL official accused of possessing child porn

    A man who worked as the isotope production manager at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is accused of possessing child pornography.

    John W. Krueger, 369 Axton Drive, Knoxville, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Oct. 16 on one count of sexual exploitation of a minor. According to the indictment, Krueger “did knowingly possess material, in excess of 50 images, that includes a minor engaged in sexual activity.”

  • Ex-Rockwood standout charged with assault

    Isiah Jones, a former football star at Rockwood High School, is accused of assaulting a man during a Rockwood Men’s League basketball game earlier this month.

    “He was talking junk to me on the basketball court,” said James Love, the alleged victim. “I didn’t say nothing to him. Then he started talking about my family and stuff and I’m like, ‘Look man, I don’t have anything to do with it.’ I went to turn away and he sucker punched me.”

    Love, 36, contacted Rockwood police about the incident.

  • State says Roane’s schools exemplary

    Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins could hardly contain herself on Thursday.

    “I asked the principals if they heard me squeal from central office about my excitement around this,” she said.

    The excitement had to do with Roane County Schools being designated as an exemplary school district for the 2016-17 school year.

  • Teen indicted for shooting soldier

    A Roane County grand jury returned a true bill for reckless homicide for the Harriman teen accused of killing his sister’s boyfriend on Aug. 28, 2016.

    Jacob Kinney, 16, is accused of shooting MarStratton Gordon, a U.S. Army soldier who was at the Kinney home visiting Amber Kinney.

    Roane County Juvenile Judge Terry Stevens bound the case over to criminal court this summer.

    “It went from being bound over as second-degree murder to being indicted as D-felony reckless homicide,” said District Attorney General Russell Johnson.