Today's News

  • $1 million a start for jail expansion

    The Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee voted last week to recommend borrowing $1 million for the jail expansion project.

    The amount is a fraction of what is needed, but necessary to get things going, according to County Executive and Budget Committee Chairman Ron Woody said.

    “We can’t do anything on the jail project until the facilities that are on that prior property are moved,” he said.

    The property includes a one-story apartment building and the County Building and Codes office.

  • Reported shooting turns out to be bogus report

    A report of a shooting off of Woods Chapel Road on Monday turned out to be false.

    It may have been a swatting prank, which is when someone makes a bogus report to prompt a law enforcement response. Police aren’t laughing, however.

  • Labor Day weekend end of boating season for the year

    TWRA Report

    for The Roane County News

    The Labor Day holiday, the final major weekend of the 2019 summer boating season is Aug. 30-Sept. 2. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wants to emphasize the use of life jackets while boating in a safe and responsible manner.

    The TWRA wants all those who visit the waterways to have an enjoyable time. However, TWRA officers will be on the watch for dangerous boating behavior, such as boating under the influence (BUI) and other reckless operation.

  • Seniors bowling big


    August 23

    First High Game - Diane Moore, George Wadlinton 461

    Second High Game - Beverly Zeilman, Harold Zeilman 443

    Third High Game - Barbara Pickering, Rick O’Shell 469

    High Scores Friday - Rick Matthews, 202, game - George Wadlington 212 game

    High Series for Friday - Barbara Pickering Rick O’Shell 1330

    High Series for Aug - Barbara Pickering, Rick O’Shell 1330

    High Averages - Connie Milhollon 164, Rick Matthews 183

  • Throw for Dough makes its return to Kingston
  • UT Season Preview - Offense

    By Ben Briley


    Us Tennessee fans were greeted with some unpleasant news Saturday night as cornerback Bryce Thompson was arrested for an alleged domestic assault.

    He was suspended indefinitely while the judicial process plays out which could take a month or a year or two.

  • An ocean apart, Tigers all the same

    You don’t have to look far for diversity in Roane County.

    The Rockwood Tiger football team has it personified in senior Abe Gaskins and junior Alika Canopin-Souza.

    Although the pair are originally from worlds away from East Tennessee, they have found themselves on the same team and in special positions to lead and inspire their teammates.

    Souza is of Polynesian descent and originally from Hawaii.

    Gaskins is originally from Thailand.

  • No evidence found of alleged jail house rape

    An investigation by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office determined that the female inmate who alleged she was raped in the jail wasn’t telling the truth.

    “Her allegations were unfounded,” said Detective Art Wolff, director of internal affairs for the sheriff’s office.

    Allison Renee Pinson, 40, was booked into the Roane County Jail last month. Wolff said she had warrants in both Roane and Cumberland counties.

  • Progress