Today's News

  • Burglary suspect held at gunpoint

    A suspected burglar was held at gunpoint by a Roane County couple Tuesday morning. Homer Parnell Fox, 41, is charged with theft of property under $1,000, aggravated burglary, burglary, burglary to a motor vehicle, vandalism under $500 and resisting arrest in the incident.

    According to the report, Judith Elrod was asleep in her 914 Webster Road residence when she heard loud noises coming from downstairs.

  • Fired road worker suing county

    Jim Henry, a former employee with the Roane County Road Department, is suing the county in federal court for $1 million.

    Henry, who lives in Monroe County, worked for the Road Department for nearly 31 years. Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson fired him last spring.

    “His services were just no longer needed,” Ferguson told the Roane County News about the firing shortly after it happened.

  • Avalon helps domestic abuse victims

    Domestic violence victims often take many attempts to finally leave their abusers.

    When Roane County victims decide to make that break, there is somewhere to go.

    Avalon Center, a domestic violence and sexual assault program founded in Cumberland County in 1984, has a shelter in nearby Cumberland County.

    The program also serves as advocates for neighboring counties that now include Roane.

    “We were getting a lot of calls from clients in this area,” said Rachel Bruning, Avalon executive director.

  • Mass-transit rescues can take their toll

    Dozens of emergency fire and rescue personnel from Roane and surrounding counties recently participated in a training exercise at the Roane County Rescue Squad headquarters in Midtown.

    The three-day exercise in mass-transit rescue skills was designed to instruct rescue squad volunteers in techniques dealing with incidents involving school buses, tour buses and trains, said Roane County Rescue Squad Capt. Eddie Jones.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Roane well represented in Nashville

    Last week, my Leadership Roane County Class of 2017 experienced one of the most informative sessions of the entire course.

    For two days, our class had the opportunity to visit Nashville to learn about the legislative and judicial branches of state government.

  • Training to be a weather spotter

    Weather can wreak havoc on a community, but a watchful eye can help residents stay safe.

    A packed room at Rockwood Community Center took part in free weather spotter training from the National Weather Service in Morristown, offered by the Roane County Amateur Radio Club.

    “Why are they going toward the tornado? Go the other way!” exclaimed Keegan Logan while watching footage of a tornado shown at the training.

    Logan and Tyler Logan were at the event as part of earning a merit badge on amateur radio.

  • scientifically speaking

    Science was the name of the game at Kingston Elementary School and Midtown Elementary School last week as both schools held their annual science fairs.

    “We are so proud of the students,” Midway Elementary School fifth grade teacher Ashley Hill said. “Looking at the boards you can see they’re all different with different ideas. They all worked hard and learned something.”

  • More speeding tickets result in fewer wrecks

    Speeders have more to grumble about in Harriman thanks to an increase in citations since Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico has came on board.

    More cautious drivers, however, may be seeing a real benefit from seeing those lead footed drivers handed tickets.

    “When we write tickets in the hot spots accidents go down,” said Pacifico.

    In November the police department wrote 37 citations, another 44 in December, and then went on a frenzy, citing 74 people in January and 67 in February.

  • Meth found beside sleeping child

    Oliver Springs police reportedly found methamphetamine laying on a bed beside a sleeping 9-year-old last month. Five adults who were allegedly in the home at the time are facing criminal charges.

    According to the warrant, Oliver Springs Police Lt. David Laxton went to 424 Kingston Ave. on Feb. 9 to search the residence.

    “Upon arrival, Lt. Laxton located in the master bedroom Linda Lively, John Jones, Clark Bunch, Candy Kirkland and minor child, only 9-years-old,” the warrant said.