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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Snodgrass at helm of Rhapsody in Blue Band

    Harriman High School’s Rhapsody in Blue marching band has a new director.

    David Snodgrass is now taking the helm.

    The Middle Tennessee State University graduate is hoping to expand on the talented crew he has.

    “I definitely want to grow this band. I know it will start at the middle school level, getting more middle school students involved,” he said.

    Snodgrass is bringing some flavor to this year’s marching season.

  • 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.

  • Early voting starts today

    Take advantage of early voting.

    That’s the message from Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway.

    “You never know what the weather is going to be like on Election Day,” he said. “If they have the opportunity to vote early, I’d advise them to do that.”

    Early voting for the Aug. 2 election starts today – Friday – and runs through July 28.

    “A Tennessee or federal photo ID is all they need,” Holiway said.

  • $67M SCHOOL PLAN NOT IN NEW BUDGET

    Commissioners who support the Roane County Board of Education’s $67 million building plan sat silent when the property tax rates for the 2018-19 fiscal year came up for discussion at Monday’s meeting.

    They could have moved to raise the rates to generate funding for the plan, but none did.

    Commissioner Darryl Meadows said it came down to simple math.

    “The votes just aren’t there,” he said. “It’s that simple.”

  • Teen back to juvenile court on murder charge

    The case of a teen who shot and killed his sister’s boyfriend is returning to juvenile court.

    Jacob Kinney’s second-degree murder juvenile case was transferred to Roane County Criminal Court last year, but a grand jury failed to indict him on that charge, instead going for a lesser charge of reckless homicide.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said that is not one of the transferable charges from juvenile court, and the defense argued the case should be sent back to juvenile court.

  • Serial burglar arrested five days into 60-day furlough

    Serial burglar Timothy Fink’s 60-day furlough has been revoked. The move came following his arrest on Saturday for violation of probation.

    “The offender tested positive for opiates on July 6, 2018 and signed a self-admission form,” the violation of probation warrant states.

    Fink, 37, pleaded guilty in 17 separate burglary cases in March. Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced him to 12 years in prison on July 2, but gave him 60 days before he had to report to start serving the sentence.

  • Going With the Flo: Only God knows what those babies could have been

    Regardless of the reasons given for objecting to the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the widespread fear is that he will be instrumental in overturning Roe vs. Wade.

    So excuses and opportunities to abort unwanted pregnancies flood our land. Jesus is omniscient and knows the motive of our heart.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Research on Roane Alliance reveals amusing facts

    Gentle reader, we begin with an item or two on the theme of irony.

    First, we heard on the radio that IPSOS, the polling organization has done a poll concerning immigration, one of the questions in which was about the sources of information upon which the respondents relied to form their opinions on immigration and immigrants.