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  • Rockwood man charged with sex crime

    An investigation by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office has led to a sex crime charge against a Rockwood man.
    Roger Allen Dagnan Sr., 49, was arrested last week on one count of aggravated sexual battery.
    According to the warrant, Dagnan was found in bed with the alleged victim in just his underwear. She was later found with bruises on her body and a scratch adjacent to her private area.
    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective Art Wolff interview-
    ed the alleged victim at Roane Medical Center, and she identified Dagnan as her batterer.

  • Kingston homeowner charged with insurance fraud after fire

    The owner of a home that caught on fire last fall has been charged with insurance fraud.

    Michael Anthony Hall, 56, was indicted on the charge by the Roane County grand jury on June 18. He was arrested at the Sonic Drive-In in Kingston on Wednesday.

  • 1964 ‘yeah, yeah, yeah’

    A tribute band almost as famous as the band that inspires them will be bringing The Beatles’ hits to the Princess Theatre next month.

  • EARLY VOTING STARTS
  • Roane County News brings home eight state newspaper awards

     

  • Broadband’s reach narrow for Roane’s rural population

    Rural Roane County residents enjoy the scenic beauty of their areas, but they often go without one of the most important resources in today’s modern society — access to broadband Internet.
    One resident said about 20 homes on their street have no access to Internet and cell service is almost nonexistent. Others said they settled for satellite Internet provider HughesNet.
    “It is a critical issue as I said. It is not a luxury. It is a necessity. I certainly understand your frustration,” said state Sen. Ken Yager.

  • Special needs in $67M school plan?

    Not everyone expressing concerns about the Roane County Board of Education’s $67 million building plan is focused on the impact to the property tax rate.
    Part of the plan calls for building a new consolidated high school, and some are worried how special needs students will fit in there.
    “These kids have sensory issues,” Harriman resident Annabelle Fielden said at last week’s Roane County Commission meeting. “They don’t hear the way I hear and you hear. They don’t see the way we see.”

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Kavanaugh part of Trump fulfilling campaign promise

    I find the recent controversy surrounding the selection of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Justice puzzling.

    After all, President Trump promised during the 2016 election that he would nominate conservative judges for the highest court in the land.

    With all the fuss over missing emails, “Russian collusion” and who grouped who, the mainstream media and a lot of Americans seem to have forgotten just what the 2016 election was all about.

    Selection of the top judges is probably the most important decision a president can make.

  • Check out Mars on the Obed

    Starry night skies are an important part of the special places the National Park Service protects.

    National parks hold some of the last remaining harbors of darkness and provide amazing opportunities to experience this critical resource.

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River is one of these special places where you can enjoy the quiet, dark solitude of nature at night, and now the Obed is one of the newest Dark Sky Parks designated by the International Dark Sky Association.

  • Meet the candidates

    People interested in the Aug. 2 election crammed into a conference room at Rockwood Electric Utility on Tuesday to hear from candidates seeking office.

    The forum was hosted by Rockwood 2000 and moderated by Jamie Jordan.

    “This is terrific,” Jordan said about the crowd that turned out. “Thank you guys for coming to this.”

    Each candidate was allowed to make an opening statement before answering questions that were submitted to organizers before the forum.