Today's News

  • Air-med proposed law would set price controls on medical billing

    Local, state, and representatives for U.S. Congressional leaders met at the Rockwood Municipal Airport last week with Global Medical Response to discuss the potential impact of a proposed law on residents in Roane, Morgan, Cumberland and other rural communities.

    State Sen. Ken Yager and state Rep. Kent Calfee were both in attendance at the meeting.

    The proposal in the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee is known as the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019 (S. 1895).

    The bill is sponsored by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

  • Scrutiny on Roane Academy

    The Roane County Commission’s ad hoc committee on Roane Academy didn’t change its position on the facility during a recent meeting.

    The Commission considered filing a lawsuit against the operator of Roane Academy last year, but opted to defer it and have the ad hoc committee work with the facility to address issues of concern.

    When the committee met in the spring, members expressed satisfaction with the operation and voted to recommend no action on the resolution calling for legal action and to meet again in November for a progress update.

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  • Texas man busted with stolen semi

    A man with a Texas driver’s license was found in a stolen semi-truck Sunday morning. The truck was reported stolen out of Detroit.

    The driver, identified as 53-year-old Perry Robert Munguia is facing multiple charges.

    According to the incident report, deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 360 mile marker on Interstate 40 regarding a reckless driver.


    Harriman resident Loretta Culbert and members of her family attended a ceremonial mortgage burning at the Roane County Habitat for Humanity headquarters in Kingston on Thursday.

    “Loretta has paid off her mortgage after 20 years,” Habitat Executive Director Charlotte Bowers said.

    “We’re just really proud of her because that’s a momentous occasion, to finish the program in full and anybody who owns a home knows how important that is to finally get that mortgage paid off.”

  • Wife sticks it to her husband in broom wielding assault

    A woman was arrested earlier this month for allegedly striking her husband with a broom.

    Rita Patel is charged with domestic assault in the incident.

    According to the warrant, Harriman Police Department Officer Logan Vitatoe responded to the Baymont Inn on South Roane Street around 2 p.m. on Aug. 6 to investigate a domestic.

  • Roane schools get a big thumbs up

    Thursday’s release of TNReady results brought some good news for Roane County Schools.

    “There’s a lot of celebrating that Roane County should be doing,” new Director of Schools LaDonna McFall said. “We had six Reward Schools.”

    The Tennessee Department of Education defines a Reward School as institutions that are making substantial improvement for all students.

  • Roane praised for Second Amendment support

    The Tennessee Committee for the Bill of Rights recognized the Roane County Commission last week for being a “Second Amendment Sanctuary County.”

    The Commission passed a resolution declaring itself such in June.

    “You all are one of four counties that I know of who have said we are a gun sanctuary county,” said June Griffin, chairman of the Tennessee Committee for the Bill of Rights.

    Griffin presented a certificate to the Commission during the meeting.

  • Tennessee announces settlement with sham hospice charity

    Attorney General Hebert H. Slatery III and Secretary of State Tre Hargett announced a $160,000 settlement with the New Hope Foundation, Inc. (“New Hope”) of Nashville and its officers and directors as a result of a multi-state enforcement action to shut down a sham hospice charity.

    Pursuant to the settlement, the organization will dissolve, and two of its officers are banned from any charity or fundraising activities in perpetuity by Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Arkansas, California, Kansas, Minnesota, and New York.

  • Court rules for reporter in public records case

    By Travis Loller

    The Associated Press

    The Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that the state does not have the right to withhold ordinary public records just because they become part of a criminal investigation.

    The Friday ruling overturned a lower court’s decision and clarified when the criminal investigation exception applies to public records requests.