Today's News

  • OS leader hurt in fall

    An Oliver Springs alderman was injured Tuesday morning while on the job with the Kingston Public Works Department.

    Robert Miller was found lying on his back at the 58 Landing Park boat ramp. The bottom half of his body was in the water, and he was bleeding from the back of his head, said Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam.

    “He had walked down and was close to the water and lost traction and fell backwards,” Washam said.

    Miller represents Ward 1 on the Oliver Springs Board of Aldermen, which governs the town.

  • Handling what bugs them
  • More than 1,500 ballots cast so far in early voting

    More than 1,500 people have voted so far in the Aug. 2 election.

    Early voting started on July 13, and according to the Tennessee Department of State, Roane County’s early and absentee votes totaled 1,521 through Monday.

    The busiest day was July 13 when 779 voted.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway is advising people to take advantage of early voting.

    There’s still plenty of time to do so as early voting runs through July 28.

  • Hospital industry big business for Roane

    The Tennessee Hospital Association recently released an economic report which outlines the tremendous financial impact and economic benefit of hospitals statewide and in Roane County.

    The financial impact of health-care industry employment in 2015, the most recent year for which data are available, was $18.3 billion, of which hospital employment was $6 billion, the report concluded.

  • Going With the Flo: Only God knows what those babies could have been

    Regardless of the reasons given for objecting to the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the widespread fear is that he will be instrumental in overturning Roe vs. Wade.

    So excuses and opportunities to abort unwanted pregnancies flood our land. Jesus is omniscient and knows the motive of our heart.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Research on Roane Alliance reveals amusing facts

    Gentle reader, we begin with an item or two on the theme of irony.

    First, we heard on the radio that IPSOS, the polling organization has done a poll concerning immigration, one of the questions in which was about the sources of information upon which the respondents relied to form their opinions on immigration and immigrants.

  • Pilot project aims to reduce recidivism

    The Ninth Judicial District Public Defender’s Office is participating in a pilot project aimed at reducing recidivism.

    “Kim Nelson’s office was an obvious choice for this project,” said Patrick Frogge, Executive Director of the Tennessee Public Defenders Conference.

    Nelson is public defender in the Ninth Judicial District, which is comprised of Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.

  • Guest column: Alliance a return on investment

    Recent articles and social media posts have shown a lack of understanding about the structure, purpose, and activities of the Roane Alliance.

    The targeted audience for the activities and initiatives of the Alliance and its partners primarily reside outside of the county, except for Chamber activities. I hope this column and those to follow provide clarity and explanations for why and how the Roane Alliance was set up and how it invests the funds provided from public and private sources.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Here’s hoping pause is temporary

    Last week, the Roane County Commission approved property tax rates for 2018-19 that will not fund the school board’s proposed $67 million plan to consolidate Rockwood, Harriman and Roane County (Kingston) high schools at a site adjacent to Roane State Community College.

    Afterward, both Interim School Director Gary Aytes and County Executive Ron Woody reportedly agreed it is time to put the school board’s ambitious K-14 plan on pause.

  • 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.