Local News

  • Crash results in DUI

    A Wednesday crash on Interstate 40 resulted in a DUI charge for a Pennsylvania man.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Michael Amata was traveling west near the 356 mile marker around 11:30 a.m. in a 1999 Mercury Mountaineer.

    He ran off the right side of the road, and his vehicle flipped over.

    The report said Amata suffered minor injuries. His vehicle was facing east while it sat in a ditch on the westbound side of the interstate. Debris from the vehicle was strewn around the crash scene.

  • Oneida woman dies after ball hit in Rockwood

    By Ben Garrett

    Courtesy of the Independent Herald

    A well-respected Oneida youth sports referee died unexpectedly Monday morning, two days after being struck in the head by a baseball.

    Jami Huling, 39, of Oneida, died at her home Monday morning, reportedly of a suspected aneurysm.

    According to a family friend, Huling was struck in the head with a baseball while umpiring a youth league game at a benefit baseball tournament in Rockwood on Saturday.

    Reportedly, she had complained of a headache before collapsing Monday.


    At least three Roane County grocery stores are well-prepared for Friday’s landmark wine sales kick-off.

    Kroger in Midtown and Food City stores in Harriman and Kingston have been stocking up for the big day, which will be the first for grocery stores across the state.

    “We got our last shipment today,” said Tony Brogan, lead assistant manager for Kingston’s Food City. “We are ready and expect a big impact with the sales.

  • Assessor hopefuls critical of incumbent

    The three candidates challenging incumbent David Morgan for the property assessor’s job let it be known that they aren’t happy with the way he’s running the office.

    Speaking at last week’s Roane County Republican Women’s forum, Danny Holloway, Sammy Sams and Molly Leggins Hartup all had critical things to say about Morgan’s performance.

  • Kingston tax filer accused of ID thefts

    Kingston police said an employee at H&R Block used the personal information of customers to steal their identities.

    Doneil Michelle Kemple, 49, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on June 20 on four counts of identity theft, three counts of theft of property from $500 to $1,000 and one count of theft of property under $500.

    “I’m leery about ever using H&R Block again,” said Harriman resident Deborah Kennedy, one of Kemple’s alleged victims.

  • Wife of Jim Henry succumbs to cancer

    Deputy Governor Jim Henry lost his wife, Pat, to a battle with cancer.

    Pat Henry, 70, was surrounded by her family and friends at the Kingston family farm when she died Monday.

    “Pat was selfless. She spent her life devoted to her family and others and will be sorely missed,” said Gov. Bill Haslam.

    “Crissy and I are praying for Jim, the Henry family and their many, many friends across the state.”

    The Henrys were heavily involved in community activities that supported Roane County.

  • No tax increase in Kingston

    The city of Kingston will start the new fiscal year Friday with a budget in place that calls for no tax increase and a 2-percent raise for employees.

    The 2016-17 budget is $6.175 million, with anticipated expenditures of $5.339 million.

    Kingston City Council passed the budget 4-2 on second reading during its regular June meeting following a public hearing, during which no comments were made.

    The property tax rate remains at $1.45 per each $100 valuation.

  • Hamilton County arrests man with stolen goods


    Harriman resident Richard S. Cofer was arrested by Hamilton County authorities on June 21, four weeks after the Roane County Sheriff’s Office descended on his property as part of a stolen goods investigation.

    Cofer, of 232 Old Coalfield Road, is charged with theft of property over $1,000 in Hamilton County.  

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective John Mayes said the arrest is connected to the stolen goods investigation.

  • Shooter ‘was trying to draw fire’

    The man accused of shooting at Harriman police responding to a domestic violence call earlier this year is believed to have been trying to commit suicide by cop.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said evidence, including suspect Nathan Manis’ own statements and those of witnesses, indicated this was the case in the March 8 incident.

    “Mr. Manis was coming out of the door and down the stairs when he encountered the officers,” Johnson said Thursday.

    “He had a handgun and started shooting.