Local News

  • OS man dies, two injured in Morgan crash

    An Oliver Springs man was killed and two others were injured in a head-on car crash Thursday night in Morgan County.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol reports said 35-year-old Timothy J. Young was killed in the collision that was reported at 7:34 p.m. in Coalfield.

    Young was driving a 2003 Ford SPE westbound on Hwy. 62, and attempted to pass another vehicle when he struck a 2000 Nissan XTR head-on, THP reports said.

  • Man guilty of rape

    John Paul Little might never be a free man again.

    On Thursday, a Roane County jury found him guilty on four counts of child rape.

    “Whenever we get one of these and get a guilty verdict, it’s all such a relief,” Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said.

    Little was indicted on four counts of child rape in 2013. His trial started Wednesday at the Roane County Courthouse and finished Thursday.

    The victim, who said she was 5 years old when Little first raped her, testified on Wednesday.


    It’s not quite Santa’s naughty or nice list, but several Kingston Elementary School students were rewarded for good behavior this week when the school opened its Bee Bucks Store.

    “The kids are rewarded all year long with Bee Bucks,” Kingston parent volunteer Michelle Stewart said. “They get a Bee Buck when they are caught doing something good or going above and beyond what they need to do.”

    The Bee Bucks Store is a yearly tradition at the school and gives the students a chance to do some Christmas shopping.

  • Lawmen help kid help others

    Deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office wanted to thank 8-year-old Sean Douglas for the act of kindness he showed them this past summer.

    Capt. Tim Hawn said the plan was to buy him a bicycle for Christmas, but that changed when they spoke with his mother.

    “She said, ‘Here’s the thing: I don’t want him growing up thinking that if he does something he’s going to get something in return’,” Hawn said.

  • Joseph honored for 40 years on the beat

    Harriman Police Capt. Benny Joseph has spent most of his 40-plus years of law enforcement in Harriman.

    He was honored recently for his dedicated service by a state proclamation presented by state Rep. Kent Calfee; a proclamation by members of the Roane County government, including Sheriff Jack Stockton, a former Harriman Police Chief who Joseph worked under; and the Harriman City Council themselves, who also read a proclamation.


    Harriman City Council will begin meeting the first and third Tuesday of each month.

    Council members approved final reading of an ordinance to change the meetings from their traditional dates of the first and second Tuesday of each month during their Council meeting on Tuesday.

    The Council also approved changing the time from 7 to 6 p.m.

    “A lot of people when they get off work and they go home and crash they do not want to come back so we thought we would get more people in here, get more people involved by having it earlier,” Best said.

  • Christmas Crooner
  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Is there a Russian connexion to Trump win?

    Gentle reader, you will recall that we concluded last week’s installment with Bette Davis’s line, “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!”

    Little did we suspect at the time that the bumps would start to be encountered before the expiry of a single week, but that is, in fact, the case; and this particular bump is a lulu. And the way Mr. Trump has reacted to it may well raise it from a bump to a mountain.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Legal system a multi-faceted study

    This month, my Leadership Roane County class learned about the legal system in Roane County.

    Our day began with an overview of our state constitution and the court system presented by Chris Whaley, president of Roane State Community College. Whaley is also an attorney and a professor at Roane State.

    The court system is multi-layered, starting with the city courts that handle things like traffic violations and violations of municipal laws in a more informal fashion.

  • Deputy stuck with needle

    A deputy with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office was stuck with a drug needle while searching a suspect on Dec. 2. Sheriff Jack Stockton said Tuesday he thinks the deputy, Bridget Thew, will be OK.

    “She went to the emergency room and got checked out,” Stockton said. “She’s going through all the protocol to make sure she’s going to be OK.”

    According to an arrest warrant, the suspect, Tiffany Marie Ladd, was being booked into the Roane County Jail for trespassing at Dollar General.