Today's News

  • RPD officer hit in groin

    A Rockwood police officer said he was kicked in the groin trying to arrest a man accused of assault last week.

    The suspect, David A. Flinn, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault and resisting arrest.

    According to the report, Officer Rick Thomas responded to 603 Crestview Lane last Thursday to investigate a neighbor dispute.

  • Bugging out ends court day

    Roane County General Sessions Court was canceled Tuesday morning because of bedbugs.

    “That is a first in my years as an assistant DA (district attorney) or as judge,” Sessions Judge Dennis Humphrey said.

    Humphrey and fellow Sessions Judge Terry Stevens made the decision to cancel court after learning a man infested with bedbugs entered the courtrooms.

    “It was relayed to me that someone contaminated with bedbugs came through security downstairs and came upstairs,” Humphrey said.

  • Rockwood budget has no tax increase

    By Richard Evans

    The fiscal year 2019-2020 Rockwood budget will feature no tax increase.

    City council approved the first reading of the budget Monday night.

    The tax rate will remain at $1 per $100 of assessed property value in the city.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller expressed his pleasure in being able to deliver another budget without a tax increase.

  • Bear sightings in Roane are no need to fret, biologist says

    By Joel Zacry

    Special to Roane County News

    Having spent 40 seasons in the black bear habitat of Great Smoky Mountains National Park educating participants through the University of Tennessee and National Park Service Smoky Mountain Field School, and having led small travel groups to Alaska for over 25 years with his wife, Kathy, Joel Zachry has a few words about encountering bears – leave them alone!

  • Bear decides to skip town

    A black bear was sighted in Kingston last week, but all indications are that the bear has left town.

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said he was notified of the sighting Friday near Scandlyn Lumber. By the time he found the bear it was near Bettis Lane and Terrace Drive.

    Later that afternoon the bear was spotted in Midtown near Patterson’s Appliance. There have been no reports since that time, he said.

  • Correction

    A story titled “Roane inmate busted getting drugs at park” in the Monday, June 17, 2019, edition of the Roane County News incorrectly identified Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jessica West as the reporting officer in a case of an inmate exchanging drugs while on work duty.

    The correct name of the deputy who made the arrest is Sgt. Jarrod Whitson.

  • No picnic for IGA shoplifter

    The IGA grocery store in Rockwood is out nearly $13 worth of steaks and charcoal after a shoplifting suspect allegedly hid the items down his pants.

    The suspect was identified as Jonathan Tyler Newman.

    Police spoke with him and store owner Roger Sharp when they arrived at the IGA to investigate the incident.

    “Mr. Newman was removing a bag of charcoal from the front of his pants and a pack of New York strip steaks from the rear of his pants,” the report said.

  • Community Probation Services pays county $7k

    Community Probation Services wrote Roane County a check for $7,611.59 earlier this year.

    The company’s contract requires it to pay the county 5 percent of its gross revenue.

    In 2018 that number was $152,231.80. Five percent of that was $7,611.59.

    According to a letter CPS Owner/CEO Jay Colton sent Roane County Executive Ron Woody, CPS made $125,095.92 off supervision, $10,444.88 for drug screens and $16,691 for electronic monitoring in 2018.

  • Roane inmate busted getting drugs at park

    A Roane County inmate is accused of having friends deliver drugs to him while he was working with a crew at a park.

    Roane County Deputy Jessica West observed a maroon colored Ford Fusion parked at Rockwood’s Tom Fuller Park on June 13. She saw an inmate, later identified as Jamie Reno, kneeling outside the passenger door of the Fusion.

    West reported that Angelleigha Qualls was in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and a female, later identified as Candy Qualls, was also inside.