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Today's News

  • Firefighter sets nine fires?

    STAFF REPORTS
    A member of the South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department recently confessed to setting nine fires, according to a press release from the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.
    Suspicion began to arise about Keith L. Hephner Jr. when firefighters responded to a structure fire on Laurel Bluff Road on April 20.
    “Firefighters on the scene felt there was evidence of arson,” the release said. “The sheriff’s office arson investigation division was called to the scene and found evidence that was of suspicious nature.”

  • Dogs that bit boy set to be euthanized

    Two pit bulls that reportedly attacked a 4-year-old boy are set to be euthanized after a 10-day quarantine. 
    “Since they have bit somebody, we have to hold them for 10 days for observation,” Roane County Animal Control Officer Josh Strickland said. “After that, we can put them to sleep.”
    Annette Broshears called 911 on Monday just before 1 p.m. and reported one of her dogs had bitten off her son’s ear. The Roane County Sheriff’s Office, medical personnel and animal control responded to the home at 542 Emory Heights Road.

  • Child’s death from severe malnutrition

    The circumstances surrounding the death of a 2-year-old Roane County boy remain under investigation, but authorities have determined a cause of death.
    An autopsy was conducted on Clifford Dotson on Friday. Roane County Sheriff’s Office investigator Art Wolff said preliminary findings indicate the boy died of severe malnutrition. 
    Wolff said he was notified at 4:50 a.m. on May 3 that a mother had taken a toddler to Fort Loudoun Medical Center in Lenoir City.
    Wolff said the toddler was dead on arrival.

  • Hear music, support fireworks in Kingston

    Kingston parks and recreation department is hosting the Battle of the Bands fundraiser Friday adjacent to Byrd Field. The event, located at 1150 Sevier Perry Road, will begin at 6 p.m. and will help pay for programs on July 4 and for the Kingston Country Fair.
    Interested bands of any genre are encouraged to enter. The only requirement is that bands cannot have a CD that they are marketing.

  • United Way has Fun Day at RSCC

    Roane County United Way’s fourth annual “Family Fun Day” will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Roane State Community College.
    “We invite folks to come out and show their support to the dedicated and hardworking organizations that help meet the needs of our community with the many resources and services that they offer,” said Amy Harmon, United Way executive director.

  • OS kids target county needs

    Students at Oliver Springs High School are helping save the Roane County Sheriff’s Office some money.

    The principles of manufacturing class is finishing up on constructing moveable targets for the sheriff’s office to use at its new range.

    School Resource Officer Steve Sanders was speaking to one of the lieutenants when the proposition came up to purchase moveable targets to go along with their permanently placed targets.

  • Harriman to mark Memorial Day

    The city of Harriman will honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom with a Memorial Day celebration on May 26.

    The event includes a parade and free concert as tributes to those who have served and paid the ultimate price in keeping America safe.

    The commemoration begins at 1 p.m. with the opening of Harriman American Legion Hall museum.

  • Shrine paper sale starts May 14

    Jon Loden, left, owner of Loden’s Auto Body Center in Kingston, makes a $1,000 donation to help kick off the annual Shrine Paper Sale fund drive for Shriners Hospitals for Children.

    Roy Ford accepts the donation.

    The paper sale will be May 14-20.

    “People like Noble Jon Loden and the generosity of the people of Roane County help keep the hospitals operating,” Ford said.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 9

    25 Years Ago
    Southern Alloys and Metal Corp. in Rockwood sustained nearly $1 million worth of damage due to a fire. It was thought the suspicious fire was set to cover the tracks of a robbery. One safe was broken into.

    10 Years Ago
    Cheryl Sanders, a Dyllis resident, broke new ground by becoming the first female to be promoted to lieutenant in the history of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

    Five Years Ago

  • Conference to warn youths to danger of drugs

    Authorities and professionals agree that Roane County has a serious drug problem involving different kinds of drugs.

    The usual culprits in drug arrests involve illegal substances such as marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and LSD.

    But beyond these illegal drugs, legally prescribed medications are being stolen and misused by today’s drug addicts.