Local News

  • No permits needed for Kingston boat slips at 58 Landing

    Kingston City Manager David Bolling admits that the city has not applied for any permits to place 18 boat slips at Hwy. 58 Landing.

    That’s because neither TVA nor the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requires them — at least not where the slips are to be placed.

    “We don’t need permits,” he said. “We still have an existing permit in place.”

    He is referring to an approved permit for a riverboat that was docked at that same location in the mid-2000s.

    “We are in absolute compliance,” he added.

  • Smith’s actions praised

    Rockwood Police Officer Brandon Smith was honored by the Rockwood City Council Monday for his actions after an officer-involved shooting on Christmas Eve.

    “We know a police officer’s nightmare is to have to use deadly force, but what Brandon did after he had to use force is that he saved the guy’s life,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

  • Inmate pleads guilty to escape, stealing truck

    Roane County Jail inmate Adam Phillips pleaded guilty to felony escape and theft of property ($1,000-$10,000) last month for leaving a work detail.

    He reached a deal with prosecutors and was sentenced to four years on each charge.

    The sentences will run concurrently.

    Phillips, 35, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, theft, burglary and vandalism last July and was sentenced to 12 years in state prison.

  • McClure back in trouble after Eblen’s break

    Jeremiah E. McClure may have squandered the break he received last November.

    A warrant filed this month in Roane County Criminal Court accuses him of violating his community corrections.

    Then-criminal court judge E. Eugene Eblen placed McClure on community corrections for six years in November for a 2014 crime spree.

  • Rockwood PD to get new body cameras

    Rockwood Police Department will be getting new body cameras to replace those bought in December 2014.

    Rockwood City Council on Monday approved a proposal from Digital Ally at $8,744.52.

    “What we are purchasing is upgrading the equipment and software,” said Police Chief Danny Wright.

    The new system will automatically download video.

    It also allows officers to limit video access to only a few people in the department. He said two or three people will process the video.

  • Lions Club breakfast helps community

    A large crowd enjoyed a nice meal at Kingston First Baptist Church Saturday morning, as Kingston Lions Club held its annual pancake breakfast.

    “It’s a good thing to do,” Kingston Lions Club President Steve Bates said. “You get to get out and meet and greet people, and have a good breakfast.”

    While Saturday’s breakfast was a great meeting place, the purpose of the meal was to raise money that will in return help Roane County.

    “We had sponsors from all over the county,” Bates said.

  • Wildflower hike planned April 16

    To kick off National Park Week, the Obed Wild and Scenic River will offer a wildflower hike on the Point Trail on April 16.

    Participants should meet at Lilly Overlook parking area at 10 a.m. This 3.8 mile hike will highlight some of the wildflowers and views of the river gorges.

    The Point Trail includes some moderate changes in elevation. Along the way, the trail crosses the rushing cascades of Melton Mill Branch on a bridge nestled deep within the hush of the hemlock forest canopy between impenetrable green walls of laurel and rhododendron.

  • Firearms plea gets Farmer 7.5 years


    U.S. District Judge Curtis L. Collier sentenced Tyler Farmer to 7.5 years in federal prison last Wednesday. 

    His prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release. 



    TVA received a “chilling effect letter” from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission last week about the work environment at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant.