Local News

  • More to come on greenway

    The gates are open and the ribbons are cut.

    So what’s next for the Ladd Greenway?

    We’ll know soon, after Kingston City Manager David Bolling gets word back from Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    But there are plans aplenty, for both the short term and the long haul, as local officials seek to make the greenway a fully realized, full-service park.

  • Vacation deals offer up-close look at parks

    Tennessee State Parks is offering nine vacation packages in 2016 to suit all types of outdoor enthusiasts and skill levels.

    Guests can experience guided tours through eight state parks across Tennessee and several natural areas and wildlife refuges.

    The year’s tours begin with a Winter Waterfall Tour at Fall Creek Falls and South Cumberland State Park on Feb. 22-24.

    Focusing on the beauty and history of these majestic falls, guests can experience what a winter water wonderland looks like.

  • Knox attorney suspension to affect clients in Roane courts

    Knoxville attorney Bob Vogel has been suspended for one year by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

    His clients include indigent criminal defendants in the 9th Judicial District, which is made up of Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.

    “We’re trying to figure out how many cases we have that this is going to affect,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    Johnson said the one that immediately popped in his head involves Roger Prince, who Vogel represents in Morgan County Criminal Court.

  • CASA Winter Blast helps agency help children in need of advocates

    Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Ninth Judicial District held its Winter Blast in downtown Harriman on Saturday.

    The event featured food, entertainment, prizes and appreciation for the volunteers who serve as advocates for the children who end up in the court system through no fault of their own.

    “These are the folks who are actually doing the work for the judges,” Winter Blast emcee Ron Berry said about the CASA volunteers.

  • Rocky Houston appeal rejected

    Rocky Houston raised a number of issues in the appeal of his federal firearms conviction.

    They were all rejected Monday by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld the conviction.

    That means Houston, 55, will remain behind bars. He’s serving his nine-year sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Ashland, Ky.

    The conviction stems from his possession of firearms in Roane County.

    In 2010, Houston was convicted in Roane County Criminal Court of felony evading arrest.

  • County, city leaders support study on school initiatives

    The top elected officials of Roane County and its four municipalities have gone on the record to support Roane County Board of Education’s feasibility study and education reform initiative.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody, Harriman Mayor Chris Mason and Kingston Mayor Tim Neal pledged their support during a Jan. 30 meeting at Kingston City Hall, said a Tuesday release from The Roane Alliance.

  • Robotics students building a kingdom for contest

    An occasional clang of metal and an errant knight here or there doesn’t mean visitors have stepped back in time.

    It’s not the clash of swords, but people working diligently on the creation of Roane County’s robot for this year’s TN First Smoky Mountain Regional robotics competition.

    That clumsily clad knight is just instructor Jason Young having a bit of fun getting his students into the spirit of this year’s competition.

  • Harriman mourns ‘biggest fan’

    J.D. Sampson didn’t leave anyone doubting his devotion and pride for the city of Harriman.

    “I have always said that J.D. was Harriman’s biggest fan,” said Mayor Chris Mason.

    The former Harriman City Councilman, who died Sunday evening, was well known for putting Harriman first. In his usual soft-spoken candor, he even told people he only shopped and did business in his beloved community.


    Nothing is wasted at the Clothes Closet in Kingston.

    “A lot of missions come out of our mission,” explains Kay Catron, director of Kingston United Methodist’s Church’s program, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

    “We use everything. Toiletries [can] go to the homeless shelters or battered women’s shelters, comforters and sheets can be sent to area animal shelters, [old] blue jeans and other material we can’t use, can be used in quilts, so we donate it to one of our volunteers who quilts.