Local News

  • Authorities use Taser on bat wielder

    Roane County sheriff’s deputies used a Taser on a disorderly Kingston man Thursday after he ignored orders to get on the ground and instead cursed at the deputy who made the order.

    Keith Bryan Jones, 50, 251 Woodland Drive, Kingston, was charged with resisting stop, frisk, halt, arrest or search; obstructing service of process; and domestic assault.

    Deputies reported they responded to Woodland Drive on a call of a disorderly person damaging several vehicles and was in the yard with a baseball bat at the time of the call.

  • Fire damages house on hill near courthouse

    A home near the courthouse in Kingston caught on fire Wednesday night. No one was home at the time and no injuries were reported.

    “There was smoke and flames in the attic area that penetrated and burned about a 6-foot hole in the roof,” Kingston Fire Department Chief Willie Gordon said.

    The fire was reported at 9:03 p.m. The first crew from the Kingston Fire Department arrived on scene about four minutes later.

    “We left around 11:30 p.m.,” Gordon said.

    The Harriman Fire Department responded along with Kingston.

  • Oh, what fun it is to ride

    Rockwood 2000 will present Rockwood’s Downtown Christmas on Dec. 1 on Homecoming Park.

    This family event will be packed with holiday activities throughout the day.

    Live holiday music will start at the park at 3:45 p.m.

    Featured performers include Roane State carolers, the Evans Family Singers and Rockwood High School Band.

    Along with the traditional yearly downtown Christmas tree lighting, horse-and-carriage rides will be available starting around 5 p.m.

  • Mess lands woman behind bars

    Litigation over a property littered with debris landed an elderly Roane County woman in jail.

    Helen Hayes was arrested on an attachment issued in the case.

    Hayes, 67, owns property at 1812 Bluff Road. In 2015, the Roane County Commission voted to have County Attorney Greg Leffew file a lawsuit against her in Chancery Court for “continually allowing conditions of overgrown vegetation/accumulated debris,” on her property.

    According to court records, Hayes was ordered to bring her property into compliance and failed to do so.

  • REACH $60,000 away from goal

    Time is again drawing near for Operation REACH.

    REACH, an acronym for Roane Enriches Another Child’s Holiday, takes around 500 needy children Christmas shopping and then off to Rockwood High School to wrap their new gifts.

    This year’s event will be Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9.

    “They spend about $225 a piece for them and their families,” said Randy Ellis, REACH president.

    For many it’s the only time the children will get to shop like this for items like toys and other items.

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  • Kingston taking Watch program to social media

    The Kingston Police Department is undertaking an innovative program that will use social media to support various “watch” programs and improve communication with the community.

    The effort will add value to the department’s Neighborhood Watch, Elder Watch, Business Watch and Church Watch programs, said Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam.

    “I don’t know of any other department combining these four programs online,” he said.

  • Harriman, Kingston shafted?

    Budget Committee nominations usually pass with no opposition. That wasn’t the case at Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting, however.

    The resolution nominating Commissioners Carolyn Granger, James Brummett, Steve Kelley and Darryl Meadows to the committee passed by a razor thin 8-7 vote.

    “Everybody wants somebody from their district, but there’s not enough districts to go around,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Woody is chairman of the budget committee and makes the nominations that Commission approves.

  • 500 pounds of spuds up for grabs

    What better side for your Thanksgiving turkey than a buttery serving of mashed potatoes?

    Floyd Lawson and his Bria-Shannel Committee are once again giving away 100 five-pound bags to those in need.

    “This Tuesday, Nov. 21, we’ll be giving away our yearly potatoes at Riverfront Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” said Lawson.

    This is the third year that they’ve given out the tasty spuds near the holidays.

    “You can eat if you have potatoes. There are so many ways you can make them,” he said.

  • State gives OS thumbs up on sewer rehabs

    Oliver Springs wastewater plant operators have addressed some of the changes recommended when the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation visited the facility in August.

    “I told them I’m glad they came down because they showed us deficiencies,” Town Administrator Chris Mason said. “We changed the way we are doing business up there.”

    Mason said the $4.5 million upgrade to the plant should be completed by December.

    “Pretty much it is a brand new sewer plant,” Mason said.