Today's News

  • Bugging out ends court day

    Roane County General Sessions Court was canceled Tuesday morning because of bedbugs.

    “That is a first in my years as an assistant DA (district attorney) or as judge,” Sessions Judge Dennis Humphrey said.

    Humphrey and fellow Sessions Judge Terry Stevens made the decision to cancel court after learning a man infested with bedbugs entered the courtrooms.

    “It was relayed to me that someone contaminated with bedbugs came through security downstairs and came upstairs,” Humphrey said.

  • Rockwood budget has no tax increase

    By Richard Evans

    The fiscal year 2019-2020 Rockwood budget will feature no tax increase.

    City council approved the first reading of the budget Monday night.

    The tax rate will remain at $1 per $100 of assessed property value in the city.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller expressed his pleasure in being able to deliver another budget without a tax increase.

  • Bear decides to skip town

    A black bear was sighted in Kingston last week, but all indications are that the bear has left town.

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said he was notified of the sighting Friday near Scandlyn Lumber. By the time he found the bear it was near Bettis Lane and Terrace Drive.

    Later that afternoon the bear was spotted in Midtown near Patterson’s Appliance. There have been no reports since that time, he said.

  • Bear sightings in Roane are no need to fret, biologist says

    By Joel Zacry

    Special to Roane County News

    Having spent 40 seasons in the black bear habitat of Great Smoky Mountains National Park educating participants through the University of Tennessee and National Park Service Smoky Mountain Field School, and having led small travel groups to Alaska for over 25 years with his wife, Kathy, Joel Zachry has a few words about encountering bears – leave them alone!

  • Correction

    A story titled “Roane inmate busted getting drugs at park” in the Monday, June 17, 2019, edition of the Roane County News incorrectly identified Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jessica West as the reporting officer in a case of an inmate exchanging drugs while on work duty.

    The correct name of the deputy who made the arrest is Sgt. Jarrod Whitson.

  • Oak Ridge to host East Tennessee Workforce Summit

    On Thursday, July 18 from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the East Tennessee Workforce Summit.

  • Vista Radiology brings the first AI application to Roane Medical Center

    Vista Radiology, P.C. is the first and only radiology practice in Tennessee to bring artificial intelligence to synchronize stroke care.

    Artificial intelligence is not just in the movies — it’s an innovative way of using technology to transform stroke care. Utilizing an app called Viz.ai, neuro-interventional radiologists are able to quickly coordinate stroke care, reduce systemic delays and offer life-saving treatments.

  • Yager calls for reform in wage index

    Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Ken Yager (R-Kingston) has called for adoption of a proposed rule pending before the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to help Tennessee’s rural hospitals receive fairer reimbursement rates for healthcare services by changing the Area Wage Index formula. 

  • New brands to launch in fall 2019

    First Horizon National Corporation announced Thursday that it will bring together its family of companies under a unified set of brand names and a new logo. In the fall, Capital Bank, First Tennessee Bank, FTB Advisors and FTN Financial will become First Horizon Bank, First Horizon Advisors and FHN Financial, respectively. The unification of First Horizon’s banking, wealth management and fixed income businesses under a common First Horizon brand represents an important step in the company’s transformation strategy, introduced at its 2018 Investor Day.