Local News

  • Outdoor Kingston boosts dog park

    A Kingston nonprofit organization is raising money to build the county’s first dog park on land adjacent to the walking trail at Fort Southwest Point.

    Members of the Outdoor Kingston Foundation presented the Kingston City Council with preliminary plans to create “Fort Paws” at a workshop Tuesday.

    The park would provide a safe place for dogs to run free to play with other dogs and their families, said Outdoor Kingston Board Chairman Charles Elmore.

  • Equipment failure puts raw sewage in Emory

    Raw sewage overflowed from a malfunctioning pump station in Harriman this weekend.

    “We had an equipment failure at the Walnut Hill pump station that caused the pumps not to start as the level in the wet well rose creating the overflow. This is not normal operating procedure and we continually are working on ways to prevent this type of occurrence,” said Bill Young, Harriman Utility Board manager.

    The station is on the bank where the inlet from the Emory River comes in across from Walnut Hill Baptist Church.

  • Harriman officials OK splash pad study

    Harriman is moving forward with plans to develop a splash pad for local youth.

    The proposed cost of the splash pad is around $400,000, and officials gave City Manager Kevin Helms the OK to start looking at moving forward but not spending money yet.

  • Roane County Jail certified for another year

    The Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control certified the Roane County Jail for another year on Wednesday.

    “We’re excited to keep that certification,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    The TCI inspected the Roane County Jail twice this year – once in August and again in October. Overcrowding issues were noted during both inspections. Stockton said there’s not much his office can do about that.

  • ‘Polar Express’ heads to Harriman

    Roane State Community College will have a free showing of “The Polar Express” at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Princess Theatre, Harriman.

    The film is rated G. The showing is part of the Princess Theater Foundation’s Christmas 2017 at the Princess.

  • Schools attorney faults child for death

    Did 12-year-old Jacob Patterson contribute to his own death when he was run over by a motorcycle on Nov. 4, 2016?

    Joseph M. Huffaker, an attorney representing the Roane County Board of Education, asserts so in an answer to a lawsuit filed by Jacob’s mother.

    “Roane County alleges that Jacob Patterson was comparatively at fault for causing the accident of Nov. 4, 2016,” the answer said.

  • Man accused of assault brawls with deputies

    A Harriman man is facing charges for a weekend incident that included an alleged assault and a tussle with sheriff’s deputies.

    According to the report, the deputies were dispatched to the area of 802 Hassler Mill Road around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday concerning an open 911 line, “with what appeared to be a female voice yelling for help and also stating that she did not want to die,” the report said.

    When the deputies pulled up, one said he could see Robert Bandy sitting on a couch with an open black knife in his right hand.

  • 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.