Today's News

  • Kingston tosses tax increase

    The Kingston City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed on second and final reading a fiscal year 2019-2020 budget that will not require a tax increase.

    Water and sewer rates will also not require an increase under the budget approved this week.

    Balancing the budget was made possible by the unexpected notification that the city would be the recipient of more than $80,000 in sales tax revenue.

    Vice Mayor Tara Stockton said she was glad the council was presented with the opportunity to pass a budget with no tax increase.

  • County Commission honors Polk Cooley

    Late Rockwood attorney Polk Cooley loved to keep up with what his government was doing.

    Earlier this week his government honored him for his distinguished law career and the pride he showed in his community.

    “He’s truly a Rockwoodian,” Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry said. “He’s truly a Roane Countian.”

    The Commission met in regular session on Monday, Aug. 12, and passed a resolution honoring Cooley’s legacy.

  • Manis pleads in assault of an officer case

    The man accused of shooting at Harriman police in 2016 entered a guilty plea in Roane County Criminal Court last week.

    Nathan Manis, 31, was facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of felony reckless endangerment.

    He reached a plea deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault and one count of felony reckless endangerment. The remaining two charges were dismissed.

  • Roane Academy escape prompts action

    A recent escape at Roane Academy has prompted officials to schedule a meeting of the Roane County Commission’s ad hoc committee on Roane Academy.

    “It’s very discouraging,” Commissioner Darryl Meadows said about the escape. “I’m not happy about it, and we got to find out what caused the problem.”

    Roane Academy is located in the Roane County Industrial Park. The facility houses troubled youths for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

  • Tennessee announces settlement with sham hospice charity

    Attorney General Hebert H. Slatery III and Secretary of State Tre Hargett announced a $160,000 settlement with the New Hope Foundation, Inc. (“New Hope”) of Nashville and its officers and directors as a result of a multi-state enforcement action to shut down a sham hospice charity.

    Pursuant to the settlement, the organization will dissolve, and two of its officers are banned from any charity or fundraising activities in perpetuity by Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Arkansas, California, Kansas, Minnesota, and New York.

  • Court rules for reporter in public records case

    By Travis Loller

    The Associated Press

    The Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that the state does not have the right to withhold ordinary public records just because they become part of a criminal investigation.

    The Friday ruling overturned a lower court’s decision and clarified when the criminal investigation exception applies to public records requests.

  • THE VIEW FROM HERE: Counting her blessings after fighting cancer battle


    It’s cancer.

    Two words can change the course of your thinking and every aspect of your life. These are the words I heard the doctor say to me early in December of last year.

    After the initial shock wore off, the physical demands of brutal chemotherapy, surgery and radiation treatments became the central focus of my life for the ensuing eight months. But I am happy to say that after all of the treatments, I have been declared cancer free.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Take these lessons to heart on immigration issue

    By Mark Banker

    In response to debates about immigration and the composition of our society that deeply divide Americans, I will revert to teacher mode and ask you to complete two assignments.

    First, consider your family history. Whatever your political persuasion, your findings will affirm the premise that ours is truly a “nation of immigrants.”

    Ancestors of today’s Native Americans were, of course, North America’s first immigrants.

  • Special deer season coming up

    TWRA Report

    for The Roane County News

    Tennessee’s statewide three-day archery private lands only/antlered only deer season will be held Aug. 23-25. In addition, a newly-created muzzleloader/archery, antlered only hunt for the new Unit CWD for private lands and selected public lands will take place.

  • TWRA schedules free hunting day

    TWRA Report

    for The Roane County News

    Tennessee residents are allowed to hunt without a license on Saturday, Aug. 24 which coincides with the opening day of squirrel season as well as being during the August private lands, archery only deer season.

    Free Hunting Day is an event the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency annually provides in hopes of increasing interest in hunting. Squirrel hunting is one of Tennessee’s oldest and favorite traditions. The day serves as an excellent opportunity for people to experience the enjoyment of the sport.