Local News

  • New tree helps continue I-40 holiday custom

    Members of Kingston First Baptist Church are working to sustain the legacy of a well-known Christmas symbol visible from Interstate 40.

    For years, church members Anne and Fred Walker decorated a lone evergreen tree just west of the Gallaher Road exit.

    Other residents and church members continued to decorate the tree every year after the Walkers were unable to keep up the tradition.

    Often they would find boxes or bags of decorations that had been left at the tree by others who wanted to be a part of the holiday effort.

  • Student slung into street sign at Rockwood school

    A student was assaulted at Rockwood Middle School last week, according to Rockwood police.

    The alleged assailant, who was also a minor, reportedly approached the alleged victim and started punching him and slung him into a street sign.

    “Victim stated that the strikes did not make contact with him due to him blocking them,” the report said. “Victim did state that he received injuries from being slung into the street sign.”

    The report described the alleged victim’s injuries as minor.

  • Fireside Festival to help Child Advocacy Center

    The inaugural Fireside Festival for the Children will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in The Venue at Lenoir City.

    This family-friendly event is free to the public and designed for children of all ages.

    Adults can participate in a Christmas tree auction, with roughly 25 trees to be sold to the highest bidders.

    Sponsorship dollars were used to purchase trees in a variety of sizes, which were then claimed by businesses, community groups and individuals to decorate in the themes of their choosing.

  • AAA: Gas prices dropping this month

    After a somewhat volatile month for prices at the pump in November, gas prices opened December on the decline.

    AAA reports gas prices in Tennessee have declined 21 consecutive days for a total discount of 5 cents.

    The current Tennessee gas price averaged is $2.283, 1 cent less than last week, 1 cent higher than a month ago, and 28 cents more than last year.

    The most expensive gas price averages in Tennessee, according to AAA, are in Jackson ($2.388), Nashville ($2.314), and Memphis ($2.311).

  • Milestone anniversary for Dunns

    By Michaele Butler

    For Roane County News

    On Dec. 11, 1992, Michael and Karen Dunn were married in a beautiful Christmas setting at Kingston United Methodist Church.

    They were surrounded by supportive friends and family who were excited about their union.

    The couple met at Michael Dunn Center when Karen was in the Day Program and Michael was a participant in the Vocational Program.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: It’s up to us to protect our water

    A public hearing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Roane County Courthouse General Sessions Courtroom, with regard to a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation permit for the TVA Kingston Fossil Fuel Plant.

    The permit would allow TVA to discharge cooling water, process wastewater and storm water runoff from the Kingston plant. TDEC staff will be collecting oral and written comments from the public. There will also be a question-and-answer session starting at 6.


    A new owner lovingly cares for a historic and iconic Victorian home that towers over the historic Cornstalk Heights community.

    The home that Ed and Mariann D’Alessandro poured their love and memories into now belongs to Renka Santos and her cousin Joel Self.

    “You complement this house so much. This is what the home was meant to be like. I think Mariann would be going bonkers over this house,” said Ed D’Alessandro.

    D’Alessandro sold the house this year after the death of Mariann at 73.

  • Man accused of running over cop gets July trial date

    Kingston Police Sgt. Jerry Singleton used a walking cane in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday.

    The injured sergeant was attending a status hearing for the man accused of running him over, Henry Nicholas Brown.

    “Both the state and public defender announced they would not be able to reach an agreement for guilty plea,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    With no deal in place, the case was tentatively set for trial on July 24.

  • Driver injured in Christmas Eve ’15 police shooting pleads to assault

    The man shot by a police officer on Christmas Eve pleaded guilty in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday.

    Joshua McDaniel Scarlett was charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and evading arrest. He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. The remaining two charges were dismissed as part of his plea agreement.