Local News

  • Attorney’s attempt to rescind annexation heads to trial in ’17

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton denied the city of Harriman’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to void decades-old annexation into South Harriman.

    Attorney Gerald Largen’s lawsuit to void the annexation, which began in 1959, is set for trial on Jan. 30, 2017.

    “We intend to prove at the trial the annexation ordinance from 1960 was a valid annexation,” said attorney Michael Kelley, who represents the city.

  • TBI looking into Oakdale shooting

    By Joe King

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has opened a case after an Oakdale man was found dead from gunshot wounds late Friday night.

    Ellis Hamby Jr., 44, was found dead in a Leslie Drive home he shared with his girlfriend, Tonya Baughman, 46.

    The TBI release states that autopsy results are still pending, but preliminary information indicates Hamby died from gunshot wounds.

  • spirited choices

    More wine and liquor sales could be coming to Roane County after the coming election.

    The Tennessee General Assembly passed a law that went into effect July 1, permitting wine sales in supermarkets.

    However, each county and city must lay the groundwork for the sales by passing their own referendums.

    Kingston and Harriman passed the necessary referendums, and Food City stores in both cities and Kroger in Harriman’s Midtown area began selling wine July 1.

    Rockwood and Oliver Springs had not entered the fray.

  • Early voting ends Thursday

    Roane Countians continue to turn out for the Nov. 8 election.

    According to the Tennessee Department of State, the early and absentee vote total for the county was 11,904 through Monday.

    “It looks like we’re going to be over 15,000 for early voting this year,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said. “That’s quite a few more than I expected.”

    Those who haven’t voted early still have two more days to do it. The early voting period ends on Thursday at 5 p.m.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Kingston strikes waterfront balance

    I take my dog Harley for a walk just about every night along the Kingston waterfront.

    Sometimes it’s a short walk over to the Gravel Pit or maybe a longer walk around Fort Southwest Point. Harley likes the wildlife, including ducks, geese or an occasional turtle crossing the trail.

    The paths along the water are usually quiet, but I’ll often see Kingston Councilman Norman Sugarman and his wife out for a walk. Councilman Don White can be found sitting in the pavilion near the Gravel Pit.

  • GLIMPSES: More on parties, polarization and election

    By Mark Banker

    Conventional accounts of American politics since World War I suggest we shifted back and forth from eras dominated by either the Republican Party or the Democratic Party.

    But these broad brush strokes distort a complex reality.

    In the Depression’s darkest days, Republicans supported several of FDR’s New Deal reforms. In our own state, for example, Republicans welcomed TVA.

  • High-speed internet goes South: Broadband available in Ten Mile, Midway

    Thousands of Roane County residents living South of the River now have access to high-speed broadband internet service.

    Charter Communication’s Director of Government Affairs Nick Pavlis joined 32nd District state Rep. Kent Calfee and Roane County Executive Ron Woody Friday to make the announcement.

    About 1,900 homes in the Midway and Ten Mile area can now have access to the internet at speeds of up to 60 mbps, Pavlis said.

    “This was one of the most underserved areas in Roane County. I think they’ll be excited,” Woody said.

  • Check & recheck your ballot

    Voters heading to the polls are urged to familiarize themselves with the voting machines and to take care making their selections before pushing the button to cast their ballot.

    “We always tell them if they need assistance, people are available to help them,” said Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway.

    Holiway said a lot of people vote only during presidential elections every four years. Because of that, some of those people might not be completely familiar with the voting machines, he added.

  • Doggone fun dress-up

    Olivia Belle Mitchell enjoys a snack at Kingston Public Library on Wednesday.

    The library held a Halloween party for pre-school children where stories were read and goodies were given out.

    See more Halloween photos in today’s issue and later this week in the Roane County News.