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Today's News

  • Roane makes way for a new — and watery — path to take

    Roane County will play a key role in the development of a unique cross-country trail and waterway system based on the model of the “Appalachian Trail.”

    Roane County and four other selected communities along the Tennessee River have been named Tennessee RiverLine Pilot Communities.

    The Tennessee RiverLine is described as a continuous system of paddling, hiking and biking experiences along the Tennessee River’s 652-miles from Knoxville to the Ohio River in Paducah, Ky.

  • I-40 accident damages state vehicle
  • Roane represents on task force on judicial districts

    The state’s Advisory Task Force on Composition of Judicial Districts will hold its Eastern Division public meeting on Monday, May 20, at Roane State Community College.

    The task force is charged with studying the state’s judicial districts and making a recommendation to the Tennessee Legislature.

    “Thus far East Tennessee has not seemed to be an area of concern,” Ninth Judicial District Public Defender Kim Nelson said.

  • DCS worker flashes ID to visit inmate

    A trip to the Roane County Jail landed a Tennessee Department of Children’s Services worker in trouble.

    Roderick Chase Bennett is accused of using his DCS credentials to bypass security and meet with a teen inmate.

    Zachery Ray, 18, was in custody on charges related to an alleged robbery when Bennett showed up at the Roane County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 15, 2018.

  • Roane’s DeParle proves hard work leads to success

    Hard work is the secret to success, according to Rockwood High School graduate and 2019 University of Tennessee graduation commencement speaker Nancy-Ann DeParle.

    “Yes, talent is important and good luck helps, but success has to be earned. You have to put in the hours,” she told the graduates gathered at Thompson-Bolling Arena.

    DeParle, who was the first woman to become student body president at the University of Tennessee, certainly worked hard to reach an astounding level of achievement in her education and career.

  • Babe at the ball field
  • McFall contract OK’d

    The Roane County Board of Education approved a four-year contract for new Director of Schools LaDonna McFall last week.

    The contract starts on July 1 and ends on June 30, 2023.

    “I appreciate the work that the negotiation committee put in and looking forward to getting the new director in and getting started and moving forward,” Board Member Danny Wright said.

  • Drug court staff tackle program training

    Members of Roane County’s Recovery Court staff recently attended training offered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance of the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Drug Court Institute in collaboration with the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

    The training took place at the Harriman office of Westcare, which, operating off a grant, has contracted with Roane County to provide assistance to the Recovery Court, providing counseling, classes, and encouragement to the clients or participants of Roane County’s first drug court.

  • Meadows now VP at First Farmers and Commercial Bank

    Banker Darryl Meadows has a new home.

    He’s now working as the vice president at First Farmers and Commercial Bank in Crossville after having spent 17 years at United Community Bank in Kingston.

    Meadows started his new job last month.

    “My office is in Crossville, but I cover Roane County,” Meadows said.

    Meadows also had a message for his old customers.

    “I’m open for business and ready to meet their lending and deposit needs,” he said.

  • Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Hatcher meets with Roane County Farm Bureau leaders

    Newly appointed Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Charlie Hatcher met with Gary Lands, Vice-President of the Roane County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, and Rusty Byrd, Agency Manager of the Roane County Farm Bureau,  in a small group setting recently.

    “There is immeasurable value in being able to shake a farmer’s hand and personally hear about their successes and challenges,” said Hatcher.