Today's News


    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.


  • 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.”

  • It’s all about the grass, the bass and the cash

    Major League Fishing announced recently that Dayton is the fourth destination of the 2019 MLF Bass Pro Tour schedule.

    The famed big bass fishery of Chickamauga Lake is ready to play a significant role in the professional fishing world.

    Watts Bar Lake could also play a major role.

    Money making events like this could be happening in Roane County once a month, even every weekend, if our great resources were marketed properly.

    These fishing events bring in big money.

    The Bassmasters Classic was hosted by Knoxville this year.



    Surfs Up Car Wash in Midtown held a going away party for Daniel Ray, who will be leaving for the United States Air Force. Ray was one of the first employees hired when the car wash opened in 2016.

  • TVA takes comment on ash storage

    The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking for public comment on a plan to expand the boundaries of an onsite dry storage landfill for coal combustion residuals at Kingston Fossil Plant near Harriman, Tennessee.

    TVA currently operates a permitted state-of-the-art dry landfill on TVA property at Kingston for coal ash and gypsum, which is produced by the air emissions controls at the plant.

    The landfill is designed for two phases.

    The first phase has been in operation since 2015.

  • 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.’”

  • 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.