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Today's News

  • Special needs in $67M school plan?

    Not everyone expressing concerns about the Roane County Board of Education’s $67 million building plan is focused on the impact to the property tax rate.
    Part of the plan calls for building a new consolidated high school, and some are worried how special needs students will fit in there.
    “These kids have sensory issues,” Harriman resident Annabelle Fielden said at last week’s Roane County Commission meeting. “They don’t hear the way I hear and you hear. They don’t see the way we see.”

  • Broadband’s reach narrow for Roane’s rural population

    Rural Roane County residents enjoy the scenic beauty of their areas, but they often go without one of the most important resources in today’s modern society — access to broadband Internet.
    One resident said about 20 homes on their street have no access to Internet and cell service is almost nonexistent. Others said they settled for satellite Internet provider HughesNet.
    “It is a critical issue as I said. It is not a luxury. It is a necessity. I certainly understand your frustration,” said state Sen. Ken Yager.

  • EARLY VOTING STARTS
  • Roane County News brings home eight state newspaper awards

     

  • 1964 ‘yeah, yeah, yeah’

    A tribute band almost as famous as the band that inspires them will be bringing The Beatles’ hits to the Princess Theatre next month.

  • 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.