Today's News

  • Baby overdoses

    From staff reports

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a baby overdose.

    “On Jan. 31, 2019, Roane County Sheriff’s Office along with the Roane County Ambulance Service responded to the report of a 1-year-old child that allegedly overdosed in Rockwood,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release. “The responding officers included a supervisor and a detective that was in the area. Once on scene, it was apparent that the child was having some symptoms that are not typical of a child of that age.”

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: All sides stay civil at meeting held on school consolidation

    By Mark Banker

    Happy Ground Hog’s Day!

    After a dreary start, the sun came out, and the temperature climbed into the 60s.

    Winter will, no doubt, return. But not because the varmint that regularly ravages my garden saw his shadow.

    That old legend aside, the contrast with last week’s polar vortex affirmed hopes that we will endure winter’s remaining dark and cold.

    Recent developments here in Roane County and on the national stage stir similar hopes.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: School consolidation has come up before and will likely come again

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. At least that’s what we say when things stay the same and don’t actually change.

    Here in Roane County a lot of things tend to stay the same, regardless of the fact that the world is changing.

    Historically, doing nothing is often the “go to” solution for many challenges facing the county.

    After all, it was good for our forefathers so it should be good for us ... and we might make things worse.

    As a result, this county has a tendency to remain mired in old habits.


    The two sides didn’t agree on much during Matthew Dotson’s trial last week. However, they did find some common ground when discussing Amanda Dotson’s upbringing.

    “Her childhood sounds horrific,” Assistant District Attorney General Alyson Kennedy said.

    “Lord knows she’s had it rough. She really has,” added Phil Lomonaco, Matthew Dotson’s defense attorney. “I think clearly what happened to her as a young child, clearly impacted on how she ended up.”

  • Joint Commission gives Ridgeview accreditation for behavioral health

    Ridgeview has earned Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission.

    The reaccreditation demonstrates Ridgeview’s commitment to the coordination of behavioral health care services through a rigorous process of external validation by a recognized expert in the field.

  • Volunteer Electric awards $2,000 to Roane County organizations

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,000 grants to Roane County organizations in January.

    Local groups receiving grants include Midway Quarterback Club ($300), Midway Youth Cheerleading Organization ($300), Midway High School Baseball Booster ($300), Salem Baptist Church- Food Pantry ($500), and Midway Music Club ($600).

    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $6.5 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area.

  • State sees growth in new businesses

    New business filings increased more than 10 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to the previous year, according to a new report released by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

    This marked the fourth consecutive quarter of new business increases in excess of 10 percent in Tennessee.

  • Food City recognizes employees who give back

    Food City recognized its employees recently for giving back to their communities, including three members from stores in Kingston, Harriman and Oliver Springs.

    Cherlyn Brown, front end manager of the Food City in Harriman, volunteers with First Christian Church; Kaitlyn Stephens, a cashier at the Kingston Food City volunteers with Midway Schools; and Teresa Hall, a bakery deli helper at Oliver Springs Food City, volunteers with the Oliver Springs Historical Society.

    “It is always a blessing to help everybody,” said Brown.

  • Pioneering dual enrollment and career and technical education opportunities

    By Dr. Sara Morrison,

    Executive Director, State Board of Education

    As the state’s policy-making body for K-12 education, we make it a priority to regularly travel across Tennessee, listening and learning about what works and what remains challenging in providing an excellent education for all students.

    During these visits, we often seek out areas of our state where we know great work is happening.

  • Calhoun man arrested for sex crime enters guilty plea

    A Calhoun man arrested last June on a sex crime has pleaded guilty in Roane County Criminal Court.

    According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were dispatched to a residence in East Roane County on June 6, 2018, on a report about a suspicious vehicle.

    They made contact with Wayne Cory Marcereau.

    “During the investigation, it was discovered that Marcereau was making contact with a 14-year-old female,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release.