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Today's News

  • 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.

  • $67M SCHOOL PLAN NOT IN NEW BUDGET

    Commissioners who support the Roane County Board of Education’s $67 million building plan sat silent when the property tax rates for the 2018-19 fiscal year came up for discussion at Monday’s meeting.

    They could have moved to raise the rates to generate funding for the plan, but none did.

    Commissioner Darryl Meadows said it came down to simple math.

    “The votes just aren’t there,” he said. “It’s that simple.”

  • Teen back to juvenile court on murder charge

    The case of a teen who shot and killed his sister’s boyfriend is returning to juvenile court.

    Jacob Kinney’s second-degree murder juvenile case was transferred to Roane County Criminal Court last year, but a grand jury failed to indict him on that charge, instead going for a lesser charge of reckless homicide.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said that is not one of the transferable charges from juvenile court, and the defense argued the case should be sent back to juvenile court.

  • Serial burglar arrested five days into 60-day furlough

    Serial burglar Timothy Fink’s 60-day furlough has been revoked. The move came following his arrest on Saturday for violation of probation.

    “The offender tested positive for opiates on July 6, 2018 and signed a self-admission form,” the violation of probation warrant states.

    Fink, 37, pleaded guilty in 17 separate burglary cases in March. Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced him to 12 years in prison on July 2, but gave him 60 days before he had to report to start serving the sentence.

  • CUTTING HORSES
  • Presentation to address Poplar Springs project

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson will be hosting a presentation on the Poplar Creek project on July 25 at Dyllis Springs Elementary School in Oliver Springs.

    The presentation, which will begin at noon, will be hosted by Collier Engineering.

    Lunch will be provided.

    After the presentation, attendees will be able to travel to the Poplar Creek location for a site inspection.

  • Former school board member killed by lightning

    Former Roane County Board of Education member Everett Massengill was struck by lightning and killed at his South of the River home Friday afternoon.

    “He had just finished mowing,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    Massengill was struck around the same time a storm was moving through the area.

    “There was a decent storm that went through there with some lightning,” said Danny Gant, lead forecaster with the National Weather Service Office in Morristown.

  • County budget passes with no new taxes for school plan

    An anticipated addition to the Roane County budget for 2018-19 failed to materialize on Monday, when County Commissioners voted unanimously to keep the property tax rate the same for the coming fiscal year. A standing-room-only crowd attended the regular monthly meeting at the Courthouse in Kingston. While more than a dozen people spoke about the proposed $67 million school plan, Commission made no mention of it when it came time to vote on the property tax rate.

    “The votes just aren't there,” Commissioner Darryl Meadows said.