Local News

  • TVA auction ‘good thing’

    This month’s auction of properties TVA purchased because of the ash spill could prove beneficial for Roane County in several ways.

    “Anytime you put property back on the tax rolls, it’s a good thing,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    The auction is slated for Saturday, July 25.

    The properties, most of which are on Emory River Road, include 22 homes and 39 vacant lots.

  • Armed robbery mars holiday weekend

    Kingston police responded to an armed robbery at the Rocky Top at 935 E. Race St. Sunday morning.

    Cashier Michelle Birmley told police that a man in camouflage clothing entered the store around 1:30 a.m. and pointed a black pistol at her and demanded money.

    “While she attempted to open the register, the suspect walked around the counter and removed the money from the drawer,” the report said. “The suspect then ordered Ms. Birmley to open the safe under the register, and Ms. Birmley complied.”

  • Rockwood man charged in rape

    Tabrin Thomas, a 22-year-old Rockwood man, was charged with aggravated rape last week.

    The warrant was taken out by Rockwood Police Department Detective Dwayne Gray.

    Hours after the alleged rape, Gray reported Thomas agreed to release the alleged victim if she dropped him off at a friend’s house.

    After doing so, she went to the Rockwood McDonald’s, where she contacted police.

    Gray said the alleged victim was taken to Roane Medical Center, where a forensic examination was conducted.

  • One youth escapee from Omni Vision recaptured

    One of three teens who escaped a treatment center for young offenders in Roane County is back in custody.

    “He managed to make it all the way to Davidson County, so obviously he got picked up somehow,” said Steve Norris, president of Omni Vision, the organization which operates Roane Academy in the Roane County Industrial Park.

    “At this point, it is pretty much in the hands of law enforcement, and we have to rely on that. We appreciate all the cooperation we got, particularly there locally. They were great to work with,” said Norris.

  • Sports camp a hit for summer fun
  • No tax hike, but needs rack up

    Harriman’s earliest budget draft does not include a property tax increase, but it also doesn’t include a lot of items that worry city officials.

    Manpower and equipment needs, in particular, are the main concerns.

    “It looks like we are sitting pretty in a lot of these departments like we don’t need nothing, but that is not the case,” said Councilman Lonnie Wright.

    The needs include a rescue truck for the fire department.

  • Kingston woman accused of frauding TennCare for drugs

    Constance Young, a 29-year-old Kingston woman, was indicted last month for TennCare fraud.

    TennCare is the state’s Medicaid program.

    According to the Kingston Police Department, Young was using TennCare to obtain a Schedule III drug. The indictment alleges the drug was dihydrocodeinone.

    In addition to the TennCare fraud charge, the indictment also charges Young with selling dihydrocodeinone.

    Court records listed her address as 1421 Mobile Drive, Kingston.

  • Fourth festivities inspired creation of rescue dive team

    Power boats weren’t the only ones on the water in Kingston during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

    Kingston Fire Department’s rescue dive team were out and ready to help in a water emergency.

    “We did put our dive rescue boat on the water for the first time,” said Fire Chief Willie Gordon.

    A group of Kingston firefighters have been trained to be rescue divers, ready to jump in and help someone if a water emergency happened at this year’s Kingston Fourth of July festivities.

  • Fleeing driver pleads guilty to DUI

    The man Kingston police said fled the scene after crashing into Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan was in court on June 29.

    Ethan Alexander Wilson pleaded guilty to DUI. He was fined $350 and sentenced to two days in jail.

    He’s to report on July 10 to serve his sentence.

    Wilson must also use an ignition interlock device for one-year and make a $200 contribution to the Kingston Police Department drug fund.

    Charges of implied consent, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident were dismissed.