Local News

  • OS man arrested in prostitution sting

    A Knox County Sheriff’s Office prostitution sting nabbed an Oliver Springs man.

    Michael Shane Grace was arrested around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at a Motel 6 in Knoxville.

    “After viewing an advertisement on backpage.com listed under escorts, the defendant contacted an undercover employee of the sheriff’s office and made an appointment,” the offense report said.

    “The defendant came to 258 Harry Lane Blvd., room No. 228 and exchanged $85 for one half-hour of full-service sex.”

  • Medical emergency causes Harriman wreck

    From staff reports

    A Harriman man suffering from a medical emergency lost control of his vehicle Sunday evening and struck a parked car in a parking lot before coming to a stop in a ditch.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s preliminary crash report, Bradley D. Manis, 46, had minor injuries.

    Brooke Turner and a 2-year-old, both of Rockwood, were in the parked car and had minor injuries.

    The report said Manis was headed southbound when he stopped at a stop sign at Pansy Hill Road and State Street.

  • Schools exempt from Obama restroom guidelines

    Schools do not have to follow the Obama Administration’s guidelines on intimate facilities while litigation over the matter is pending.

    On Sunday, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that prohibits the administration from penalizing those who don’t follow the guidelines.

  • Traffic stop leads to child neglect, abuse charges

    Police said they found an infant in an improperly installed car seat in a Volkswagen Beetle during a Aug. 17 traffic stop.

    The passenger in the car, Jessica Leigh Gomez, was charged with child abuse and neglect, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and cited for a child restraint violation.

    The driver of the car, Charles Sherrill, was charged with driving on a revoked/suspended license and cited for a child restraint violation.

  • Rockwood FD trains to handle shootings

    Rockwood Fire Department is training for the worst.

    Firefighters took part in an active-shooing training session earlier this month. The session was under the instruction of Rockwood Police Officer Brad Collins.

  • GLIMPSES: Thoughts on presidential succession


    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column: 1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

    UNPRECEDENTED! Nothing more clearly reflects the American mind in 2016 than our unprecedented use of this adjective and its countless synonyms – exceptional, unparalleled, unique, and so on.


    Hundreds of triathletes from across the state and the Southeast gathered under cloudy skies at 58 Landing on the banks of the Clinch River in Kingston Saturday to tackle the Storm The Fort Iron Man triathlon.

    In its fifth year, the combined swimming, biking and running endurance event saw a great turnout, according to Rick Ross, Kingston Parks and Recreation Director.

    About 245 athletes and 10 relay teams had preregistered registered by Thursday night.

    About 300 athletes were participating by the start of the event early Saturday morning, Ross said.

  • No mail, no meds

    A dispute with the United States Postal Service over driving conditions on Briggs Drive near Midtown has resulted in two homebound women being unable to have their medication delivered to their home.

    The women and two other homes at the end of Briggs Drive were affected when the Postal Service declared the dead-end was unsafe to turn around in.

    The Postal Service sent letters directing the residents to put their mailboxes at the bottom of a nearby steep hill.

  • Bellying up for apologies?

    Roane County Commissioner Junior Hendrickson said he’ll apologize to Rockwood resident Roberta Dennis for a run-in the two had last month — but she has to do something in return.

    Hendrickson said he told her husband, John Dennis, as much when the two spoke after the Aug. 8 County Commission meeting.

    “He asked me if it would be too much trouble to apologize to his wife,” Hendrickson recalled.