Local News

  • Kingston puts new tractor to work

    Kingston officials came for a sneak peek at the new tractor for mowing city rights of way last week.

    Those who came to see the newly arrived tractor and compare it to the one it will be replacing include Kingston Manager David Bolling, Kingston City Council members Don White, Sarah Humphreys and John Byrkit, Mayor Tim Neal, Public Works Director Tim Clark and operator Randy Walker.

  • Church trailer among burglary items recovered

    Prayers were answered for City Hills Church in Knoxville.

    The black cargo trailer the church uses to store and transport equipment to West Valley Middle School was stolen recently, but some astute work by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office has it back in church custody.

    “I’m just grateful the church got their property back,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    City Hills Pastor Brandon Shanks said he didn’t expect to see the trailer again after it was stolen.

  • More than $5,000 raised for Lily and family


  • Woman hurt in motorcycle crash on I-40

    A Hermitage woman was injured when the motorcycle she was riding on crashed on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 last Tuesday.

    According to Tennessee Highway Patrol reports, Rose M. Mc-Keithen, 55, was “thrown from the vehicle and rolled multiple times before coming to a final rest” next to one vehicle.

    The reports indicate the motorcycle’s driver, James A. Mc-Keithen, 60, also of Hermitage, struck a second vehicle in the rear.

  • Two Rockwood officers back on duty after leave

    Rockwood Patrolman Rick Thomas has been back on duty since he was temporarily put on administrative leave without pay for a few weeks this winter after allegations around a traffic stop when a four-wheeler ran into the back of his patrol care in September 2015.

    Video shows the patrolman handcuffing one of the suspects, who is lying on the ground, and kneeing the suspect.

    The officer is also seen stepping on the suspect’s sunglasses afterward.

  • New Hope fire sends two to the hospital

    West Roane County firefighter Matt Covington suffered heat exhaustion and dehydration and was being checked for other possible injuries after an early morning fire destroyed a home Friday.

    “He’s doing OK,” said Chief Charlie Redwine of West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department.

    “He’s still at the hospital with the IVs,” the chief added. “They were doing x-rays for a possible hernia.”

  • Haunted Hospital clown cleared of all charges

    Prosecutors have now dropped both charges against the man accused in a groping incident during last October’s Haunted Hospital in Harriman.

    The first and most serious charge against Larry Davis, sexual battery, was dismissed on April 25 because the primary accuser gave testimony during a preliminary hearing that was critically inconsistent with her prior statements.  

  • Ex-Kingston worker files suit against city

    A former Kingston City employee has filed a lawsuit over his dismissal.

    While many of the initial charges filed by Jimmy L. Goodman have already been dismissed, the case is still ongoing.

    Goodman filed a complaint Feb. 24 in Roane County Circuit Court, alleging he was a longtime city employee who was unlawfully dismissed from his street department job while on medical leave.

    Goodman’s lawsuit alleges he was let go despite having medical documentation supporting his injury claims.

  • Rockwood police teaching violence prevention classes

    With instances of violence — both in and out of the workplace — increasingly in the news the Rockwood Police Department is helping citizens prepare for the worst.

    Following a plan first developed in Texas, Rockwood police were trained by the FBI and the Department of Justice to teach violence prevention workshops primarily for the workplace.

    They have been held at Rockwood City Hall or on-site.

    The workshops include lectures, PowerPoint presentations and examinations of what has — and has not — worked in similar scenarios.

  • Big Kingston water bill gets big forgiveness

    Roane County Commissioner David Bell’s water bill just decreased exponentially.

    Bell received a $73,000 bill earlier this year on a property where he is building a new home.

    He  appealed in April to the Kingston City Council, which also serves as the Kingston Water Board, asking for relief from the bill.