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Today's News

  • Brackett is new chair

    The Roane County Board of Education picked Larry Brackett to serve as chairman over the next year.

    “I’m just honored to even be on this board, much less chairman,” he said following Monday’s regular monthly meeting, “because everybody on this board does love kids more than anything in this county, and that is why we’re here.”

    Brackett succeeds Nadine Jackson, who served as chairman over the past year.

    “I really appreciate all the board for your support this year,” Jackson said.

  • Lewd act, low prices

    A Kingston man is accused of performing a lewd act with his private parts inside a dollar store.

    The alleged incident happened on Sept. 13 at the Dollar General on Decatur Highway.

    The suspect was identified as Joseph Cantrell Beasley, 104 Manor Road, Apt. 9, Kingston.

    According to the warrant, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jarrod Whitston was dispatched to the store on a report of a man performing a lewd act inside.

  • Let freedom ring
  • WILSON REMEMBERED
  • DEA warns others of possible scam

    There is an unknown group that is spoofing the Drug Enforcement Agency Knoxville Resident Office phone number.

    They are posing as the Drug Enforcement Agency and are calling citizens telling them that their Social Security number has come up in a Drug Enforcement Agency investigation.

    The DEA does not operate an investigation like this and will not be calling you and talking about your social security number with you.

    This is a scam for information and financial gain.

  • Crawl space escapee off to Roane jail

    Christopher Allen Jolley, a 34-year-old Crab Orchard man, allegedly tried to avoid arrest by hiding in a crawl space. He was unsuccessful and police charged him with evading arrest.

    According to the report, Rockwood police were searching for a stolen vehicle last week when they stopped by the residence of Michael Wayne Stricklan.

    “Dispatch told us if we had contact with Mr. Stricklan, he had a violation of parole warrant, original charge of arson,” the report said.

  • ROANEnet holds tech drive

    ROANEnet, a non-profit collaborative dedicated to fostering affordable and reliable high-speed internet access and digital readiness throughout Roane County, is collecting used computer systems and peripherals.

    During National Digital Inclusion Week, which is Oct. 7-11, the organization will be creating a Device Donation Drive, which is part of the ROANEnet Technology Access Program (RTAP), said ROANEnet board member Keith Rodgers.

  • Woody takes jail committee to task

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody doesn’t think the County Commission’s Jail Alternative Committee is serious about reducing the population of the jail.

    Woody met with the committee on Sept. 3 to discuss a state program that provides funding for electronic monitoring.

    “If we want to try to cut some of our inmates down and we can convince the judges to use electronic monitoring, the state will pay for half of it,” he told the committee on Sept. 3.

  • County, cities may seek $900 million

    Roane County, along with Harriman and Kingston, could be seeking as much as $900 million in damages from TVA and Jacobs Engineering Group.

    Attorneys representing the county and cities listed that figure in an amended complaint filed as part of a motion in U.S. District Court last month.

    “The amendment requested herein seeks to remedy the alleged ‘deficiencies’ in the complaint which have been raised by the defendants by way of their motions to dismiss,” the attorneys for the county and cities said in their motion to amend.

  • Kingston Spooktacular looking for helpers

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody doesn’t think the County Commission’s Jail Alternative Committee is serious about reducing the population of the jail.

    Woody met with the committee on Sept. 3 to discuss a state program that provides funding for electronic monitoring.

    “If we want to try to cut some of our inmates down and we can convince the judges to use electronic monitoring, the state will pay for half of it,” he told the committee on Sept. 3.