Local News

  • Woman found hurt in yard dies last week

    A woman who sustained serious injuries Aug. 16 at her boyfriend’s home died last week.

    An autopsy has been ordered to rule out possible foul play in injuries sustained by Kristin Mallory Cupp. She died late Thursday.

    “They are supposed to do the autopsy tomorrow,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said on Friday.

    “I don’t know when I’ll get any official results.”

  • Equalization board convenes Tuesday for appraisal appeals

    The Roane County Board of Equalization will start holding meetings this week to hear appeals from property owners unhappy with their new appraisals.

    The five-member board will meet on the third floor of the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

    Chairman Thaxton Brown said they will hold an organizational meeting today – Monday – and start hearing appeals on Tuesday.

  • Roane State students get a kick out of bubble soccer
  • First reading of Harriman budget to be considered at Tuesday session

    Harriman officials will consider first reading of the city budget at its Tuesday meeting.

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

    Officials said the reading will include the certified property tax rate of $1.2197 per $100 valuation.

    Certified rates are the amount a government should charge to collect the same amount of revenue as the previous year.

    The second budget reading is tentatively set for Sept. 8.

  • Kingston Fire Dept. dive team certified

    Residents of Kingston and Roane County in general have another reason to feel safe.

    “We finally have a certified dive team,” Kingston Fire Department Chief Willie Gordon said last week.

    “We’re here to assist the Roane County Rescue Squad and the city of Kingston,” he added. “We’re trying to provide more services to the City of Kingston and to Roane County.”

    Eight members of the fire department are certified — with three more nearing completion of the training process.

  • Deadly, dangerous flakka found at East Roane County residence

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes responded to an East Roane County residence earlier this month and reported finding the drug flakka.

    “That stuff is dangerous,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    According to the sheriff’s office, flakka is another version of bath salts.

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse said flakka can cause hyperstimulation, paranoia and hallucinations that can cause violent aggression and self-injury.


    Kingston football has been a tradition for years.

    Kingston’s Masonic Union Lodge 38 is hoping to build another tradition around Yellow Jacket football.

    For the past three seasons — from 5 p.m. until kickoff prior to every home game — the lodge has hosted a chili dinner aimed at helping needy children in Roane County.

    “The money we raise from our chili supper goes to buy shoes for underprivileged children at local schools in the county,” Roane County Scottish Rite Club President Bryce Harris said.

  • Bat bites teacher in Kingston school

    A teacher at Kingston Elementary was bitten by a bat at the school Tuesday morning.

    “What we assume happened is one got in when we had the doors open because of the flooding,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said on Wednesday.

    “When you leave doors open at night, that’s what happens — and we had the doors open sweeping the water out.”

    Heavy rains on Aug. 19 flooded portions of the school and classes were cancelled the next day.

  • Bruises, scratches only ailments of man rescued by sheriff’s deputy

    The man pulled from a creek on Aug. 21 was doing well this week, according to his girlfriend.

    “He’s got a couple of bruises and scratches, but other than that he’s fine,” Shannon Rasco said about Todd Mann.

    “His X-rays came back great and UT scan came back great.”

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Tim Hawn is credited with saving Mann’s life after he fell down a steep embankment and into Poplar Creek.

    “There’s no way I could have jumped in that water after him,” Rasco said.