Today's News

  • General Sessions Court: April 21, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    April 21 — Samuel I Lee, driving while license revoked: guilty; amended to driving without license. Driving

    while license revoked second or subsequent offense: guilty; amended to driving without license. Possession unlawful drug paraphernalia-attempt: dismissed.

  • Arrests: Sept. 1-8, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Sept. 1 — Tara Alexis Kalnasy, 20, 209 Franklin St., Kingston: illegal possession of alcohol. Bond $1,000; court date Nov. 10.

    • Jonny Dexter Key, 11265C C Road, Pikeville: failure to appear. Bond $30,000; court date Oct. 20.

    • David Lynn Kilby, 45, 1307 Airport Road, Oakdale: attachment. Bond $1,500; court date Sept. 24.

  • Roane County E-911: August Dispatches
  • GUEST OPINION: Many confused on church/state separation


    First Amendment Center

    At a time when Americans are deeply divided over the meaning of “separation of church and state,” a recent ruling from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals provides a much-needed case study in how the First Amendment’s establishment clause is supposed to work.

  • GLIMPSES: Making the case for investing in Roane schools

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column. 

    1)  None of us sees the past or present with absolute clarity. 

    2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values.

    3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

  • Bigfoot searchers to look in Roane County

    Some people say a dark, hairy creature may be lurking around the woods of Roane County.

    A group called EastTennesseeBigFoot.org believes there may even be three of them.

    Alleged sightings of a creature gliding on two feet through the woods inspired the start up of the group.

    “We have been here since 2005. We only recently really started to grow,” said member Matt Seeber.

  • Longtime law official dies


    A former Rockwood police chief and retired Tennessee Highway Patrol lieutenant has died at 75.

    J.W. Cisson, who was most recently a bailiff in the Roane County courts, served in law enforcement more than 40 years.

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright worked with Cisson for several years with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.



    KAITLIN KEANE/Roane Newspapers

    Joe Williams with the Harriman Lions Club tests the eyes of Enrique Roman at Ridge View Elementary Monday. The Lions Club holds free annal vision screening in all Roane County schools.

  • No tax hikes for school system

    Property tax rates will remain the same in Roane County for another year.

    The Roane County Board of Education had asked for a 9-cent rate hike, but that request was voted down 11-4 at Monday’s County Commission meeting.

    “I’ve been inundated, as some commissioners I heard, have been all weekend and all day today with no new taxes,” Commissioner Randy Ellis said.

  • TVA funds divvied up by board

    TVA’s plan for divvying up $1 million in public-image repair funds got the OK from the Roane County Economic Development Foundation during a special-called meeting on Monday at Kingston City Hall.

    The approval was over strong objections from Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    He produced minutes from a Sept. 30, 2009, foundation meeting as well as a budget matrix prepared by TVA that indicates the money was earmarked for Roane County.