Today's News

  • Roane man charged with raping teens

    A man classified as a violent sex offender is accused of raping two Roane County High School students.

    The alleged crimes did not occur at the school.

    The suspect, Matthew Brandon Hall, was arrested last Friday.

    He’s charged with aggravated assault and two counts of rape.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective A.E. Wolff responded to Roane County High last week after school administrators notified authorities that two students had came forward with allegations against Hall.

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  • Charges lodged in starved dog’s death

    Harriman police have charged a couple with animal cruelty.

    James Allen Davis, 38, and Angela R. Stiles, 41, both of 902 Crescent St., Harriman, owned Max, a Sharpei breed that died last week due to poor health.

    Max was almost lifeless on Jan. 21, when he was taken to the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    He was euthanized Friday, Jan. 23 after being taken in by the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley.

  • No raise for airport director

    Rockwood Municipal Airport manager Danny Collins is not getting a $4,000 annual increase proposed in a contract renewal.

    Rockwood City Council tabled the item last month, and opinions had changed little since that time, including the disapproval of Councilman Harold Holloway.

    “The last meeting I was against it. That hasn’t changed,” said Holloway.

    Holloway said he has nothing against Collins, but he said the raise would put him above that of other department heads.

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  • Coal ash films to be followed by public Q&A

    On Thursday, Feb. 5, members of Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) and Working Films will host a free open community discussion on the continuing impact of TVA’s coal ash landfill and what it means for the future of local communities.

    SOCM has partnered with members of the community since the 2008 spill.

    These efforts are being made to better inform the communities affected by the 2008 coal ash spill since TVA is currently seeking modifications to their permit.

  • Kingston Library prepares for a new era

    The focus of improvements at the Kingston Public Library have been on the building itself: expansion, maintenance and renovation of the building itself.

    That is expected to change soon. This week, Kingston Library Board members hope to choose a new library director who’ll focus on people and programming. A special-called meeting at the library has been set for Thursday at 5 p.m., when board members will choose from a handful of finalists.

    The board voted to let longtime library director Steve Jacks go last fall.

  • GUEST OPINION: Duke, Muslims and the politics of intimidation


    First Amendment Center

    What began as a gesture of interfaith hospitality ended badly recently when Duke University suddenly canceled plans to begin broadcasting the Muslim call to prayer from the bell tower of Duke Chapel every Friday afternoon.

    The first “call to prayer” was scheduled for Jan. 16 — which, as it happens, was also Religious Freedom Day in America.

    Duke officials cited “security concerns” as the reason for canceling the prayer call, but declined to elaborate.

  • Balancing act of governing


    Roane County Executive

    We hope through a series of articles that we can help explain programs offered by Roane County, why we offer these programs, and the costs and benefits of these programs to the citizens of Roane County. This article discusses the taxpayers’ investment in The Roane Alliance.

    The Alliance was formed by a group of Roane County leaders in 2000. The goal was to consolidate the leadership in not only direction and focus, but also to achieve efficiency of administration.

  • Arrests: Nov. 8-20, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Nov. 8
    — Lonnie James Haire, 52, 418 N. Broadway Ave., Knoxville: violation of probation/parole.

    • Ronnie Wayne Cisson, 51, 120 Arp Drive, Rockwood: violation of probation/parole.

    • Thomas Lee Spears, 44, 127 Corbin St., Corbin, Ky.: failure to appear, two counts violation of probation/parole.