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  • Handling what bugs them
  • More than 1,500 ballots cast so far in early voting

    More than 1,500 people have voted so far in the Aug. 2 election.

    Early voting started on July 13, and according to the Tennessee Department of State, Roane County’s early and absentee votes totaled 1,521 through Monday.

    The busiest day was July 13 when 779 voted.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway is advising people to take advantage of early voting.

    There’s still plenty of time to do so as early voting runs through July 28.

  • Hospital industry big business for Roane

    The Tennessee Hospital Association recently released an economic report which outlines the tremendous financial impact and economic benefit of hospitals statewide and in Roane County.

    The financial impact of health-care industry employment in 2015, the most recent year for which data are available, was $18.3 billion, of which hospital employment was $6 billion, the report concluded.

  • Pilot project aims to reduce recidivism

    The Ninth Judicial District Public Defender’s Office is participating in a pilot project aimed at reducing recidivism.

    “Kim Nelson’s office was an obvious choice for this project,” said Patrick Frogge, Executive Director of the Tennessee Public Defenders Conference.

    Nelson is public defender in the Ninth Judicial District, which is comprised of Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.

  • 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.

  • 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.