Today's News

  • Former attorney’s sex offender case reset

    The criminal case against former attorney Kent Booher has been reset.

    Booher was on last Tuesday’s Roane County General Sessions Court docket for charges of violation of the sexual offender registry and solicitation of a minor.

    The case against him was rescheduled to Aug. 20.

    Booher’s days as an attorney ended because of sex crimes. In 2014 he pleaded guilty on two counts of statutory rape in Loudon County.

    He was later disbarred by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

  • Kingston votes to put bumpers on lake wall at Kingston City Park

    The Kingston City Council last Tuesday voted unanimously to purchase “bumpers” for the lake-wall at Kingston City Park.

    The bumpers, which will line the cement wall along the shore of Watts Bar Lake, will make it easier for the city to attract fishing tournaments, according to Councilwoman Stephanie Wright.

    Wright said that following a recent fishing tournament organizers of the event told her some fishermen were reluctant to pull up along the seawall for fear of damaging their boats on the concrete wall.

  • Rockwood motorcycle recovered in Caryville

    Caryville police recovered a motorcycle reported stolen out of Rockwood.

    Timothy Alan Flynn contacted Rockwood police about his 1999 Honda CMX 250 last September.

    “Mr. Flynn stated on 9/3/18 he left the motorcycle and a black and yellow Fulmer helmet at a friend’s residence at 222 S. Church St., and went out of town to visit family for the holiday,” the report said.

    “Mr. Flynn said when he returned on the 4th, he noticed the motorcycle and helmet were gone from the side of the house where he left it.”

  • OS nabs one in burglaries

    By Richard Evans

    An Oliver Springs man is in custody facing multiple burglary and theft charges following an investigation by the Oliver Springs Police Department.

    Oliver Springs officers investigated a report of a vehicle theft on Sunday, May 12, and also investigated a burglary at Oscars Market, on Tuesday, May 14. Both incidents occurred on East Tri County Blvd.

    During the investigations, officers followed up on information which led to a suspect identified as Marcus Lively, 22, of Oliver Springs.

  • Tax rate may rise 11 cents

    Roane County may be looking at a property tax increase in the upcoming fiscal year. Commissioners learned how much this week.

    “Is that true? 11 cents?” Commissioner David Bell asked during Monday’s regular meeting at the courthouse.

    “Yes,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody responded. “That’s what’s come out of the budget committee so far.”

    Woody is the county’s fiscal agent and chairman of the budget committee. He provided a breakdown on what an increase of 11 cents would cover.

  • 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.