Local News

  • One hurt, one jailed after crash

    By Richard Evans

    A traffic accident early Saturday led to the arrest of Kimberly Baker, 39, on a charge of vehicular assault.

    A passenger in the vehicle, William E. Underwood, received multiple injuries and was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville via Lifestar.

    Trooper Nathaniel Crow of the Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to a traffic accident on Interstate 40 near the 358-mile marker.

    He said when he arrived on the scene, Baker had “thick/slurred speech and appeared to be having trouble forming coherent sentences.”


    The Roane County School Board began the process of selecting the next Director of School on Monday.

    The first three of eight candidates presented themselves to the school board to answer a series of questions ranging from why they want the job to how they would work to improve relations between the schools and Roane County Commission.


  • Director search is on move

    From staff reports
    The Roane County Board of Education on Monday, March 18, will begin interviewing eight candidates for the Director of Schools position.
    The board will be interviewing several candidates per night beginning Monday and continuing Tuesday and Wednesday.
    Each night of interviews will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the central office, 105 Bluff Road, Kingston.
    The number of candidates could be narrowed down to just a few following this first round of interviews.

  • Sportsman Club resident frets on possible landslide

    Mark Turpin is worried about the hillside across the street from his home on Sportsman Club Road.

    “I’ve lived here more than half my life and I used to love it,” he told the Roane County Commission on March 11.

    “Now I’m just kind of scared. I don’t know what to do about it.”

    Turpin said recent rainfall didn’t help the situation.

    “I’m really worried about our mountainside coming down,” he said.

  • Readers Choice ballots are out now

    Who sells the best hamburgers in Roane County?

    How about the best pizza or the best car body shop?

    It’s up to the readers of the Roane County News to pick their favorites.

    Each year the Roane County News celebrates the best businesses in the county with the “Best of Roane County” promotion.

    Readers are encouraged to weigh in by filling out the “Best Of” ballot that will appear in the newspaper in this issue and every issue for the rest of the month.

  • Calfee honoree for the Ageless Hall of Fame

    Marilyn Calfee has been nominated and chosen by the Ageless Hall of Fame committee to be one of the 16 honorees at this year’s event.  

    The Ageless Hall of Fame was created to recognize and honor 16 individuals, age 60 or older, who demonstrates their care for their community and its citizens.  

    Communities nominate the individuals selected to the hall of fame. All nominations were then reviewed and selected by a committee made up of each of the counties’ leaders and human service agencies that serve East Tennessee.

  • Shooting death in the SOR

    One man is dead and the investigation is ongoing after a shooting South of the River Friday night.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said dispatch received a call about 10 p.m. reporting a man had been shot during a break-in at a home near 1500 River Road.

    When officers arrived they found the body of a man, already dead, lying on the ground with a wound in the chest from a 12-gauge shotgun. The dead man was identified as Robert Rosado, age 47.

  • Autopsy blames fentanyl in inmate death

    A cause of death has been determined on Joshua Douglas Daniels.

    He was an inmate at the Roane County Jail. He died on Feb. 22.

    “Accordingly, a reasonable classification of cause of death in this case would be ‘Fentanyl toxicity’ with ‘Atherosclerotic coronary artery disease’ as a contributing factor,” the final autopsy report said.

    “The inclusion of drug effect in the causation of death would imply a manner of classification of ‘Accident.’”

  • Kingston approves water line for Gallaher Road

    The Kingston Water Board on Tuesday voted for the utility director to approve the expense and installation of an 8-inch water line extension on Gallaher Road.

    The anticipated cost of the project is approximately $25,000, according to City Manager David Bolling.

    The extension would run under Gallaher Road, coming off of an existing line on the East side of the highway in close proximity to Farmer Road, Bolling said.  

  • Rockwood rec job open

    By Richard Evans

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said he is taking his time in naming a successor to Chase Clem in the position of parks and recreation director.

    Clem was hired for the same position with the city of Kingston on Monday after serving four years in Rockwood.

    “Chase is going to be hard to replace. He did a tremendous job and we hate to lose him,” Miller said.