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Today's News

  • Weekend 4th biggest for power peaks

    Last weekend’s frigid temperatures made TVA history.

    “This past weekend’s cold weather was one for the record books,” said Patrick Walshe, manager of resource operations and analysis for transmission operations and power supply.

    “We experienced record weekend power peaks. And, since the temperatures stayed below freezing all weekend, a lot of energy was used.”

  • Pill conspiracy accomplice gets 10-year sentence

    Federal prison sentences continue to be dished out for the people involved in an East Tennessee pill conspiracy.

    Shannon Hill appeared before Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan on Jan. 4 to learn her fate. Varlan sentenced her to 10 years in prison.

    Hill, 37, was born in Roane County and graduated from Roane County High School in 1997.

    According to court records, she worked with Stephanie Puckett at four East Tennessee pain clinics between 2012 and March 2015.

  • Trio racks up child neglect charges

    A stepfather was charged with child abuse and neglect on Jan. 4.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, deputies went to 104 Cedar Grove Street, Loudon, to conduct a welfare check on a 19-month-old child.

    “Once on scene, deputies were allowed into the home by Justin Sampson, the child’s stepfather,” the report said. “While inside the residence deputies observed a bent spoon, cut cigarette filters, and an orange cap to a syringe.”

  • CRASH SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL
  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: New year means new state laws

    A number of new laws have taken effect in Tennessee this month.

    Since ignorance of the law is no excuse, it behooves us to keep track of these new regulations.

    For the most part it seems like the new laws will be beneficial to those in Roane County.

    Prescription drug abuse is a big issue in our community. It’s hard to find a local household that has not been touched by this problem whether it is because a family member is addicted or because the household has experienced crime related to addiction.

  • NEVER GIVE UP

    By Ed Greif
    egreif@roanecounty.com
    Senior Damon Baildon scored a career-high 31 points in the Kingston Yellow Jackets win over Rhea County in last Friday’s final game of the Jim Cordell Christmas Classic.  Baildon is currently leading the Yellow Jackets in scoring after the first semester. No one would have believed that four years ago.  Baildon was cut from the middle school basketball team three consecutive years.  

  • NEVER GIVE UP

    Senior Damon Baildon scored a career-high 31 points in the Kingston Yellow Jackets win over Rhea County in last Friday’s final game of the Jim Cordell Christmas Classic.  Baildon is currently leading the Yellow Jackets in scoring after the first semester. No one would have believed that four years ago.  Baildon was cut from the middle school basketball team three consecutive years.  

  • Raiderettes lose to Jones County, Shelton State

    The Roane State Community College basketball teams resume conference play Friday at Volunteer State and Saturday at Motlow State, after the Raiderettes lost to Jones County 64-49 Jan. 4 and to Shelton State Jan. 6.
    Jones County 64, RSCC 49: The Lady Bobcats from Ellisvile, Miss. led 17-15 after one quarter and exploded for a 27-12 second-quarter run to lead 44-27 by halftime. Jones County built a 62-42 lead after three quarters, but RSCC outscored Jones County 7-2 in the final quarter for the 64-49 final score.

  • Rockwood Parks and Recreation to have free basketball clinic Saturday at RMS

    Rockwood Parks and Recreation will host a free basketball fundamentals camp at Rockwood Middle School on Jan. 14 for boys and girls in grades two through seven.
    Here is the schedule:
    8:30 - 10 a.m.: fifth, sixth and seventh grade girls;
    10 a.m. - noon: fifth, sixth and seventh grade boys;
    Noon - 2 p.m.: second, third and fourth grade boys and girls.
    Participants are asked to bring their own basketball, however, if they do not have a basketball, one will be provided.

  • Fresh look, new management for Long John Silver’s