Local News

  • McFarland’s judge bid back before ... judges

    Tom McFarland’s quest to become a judge took him to Knoxville on Wednesday. He appeared before the Tennessee Court of Appeals to argue why his lawsuit contesting the results of last year’s election for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge should go forward.

    Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood tossed it out of Roane County Chancery Court last fall.

  • Swan Pond cemetery indictment

    The man authorities believe is responsible for vandalizing the Swan Pond Baptist Church cemetery was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last week.

    Kevin Delaney Limburg, 1812 James Ferry Road, Kingston, is charged with theft of property from $10,000 to $60,000 and vandalism from $1,000 to $10,000.

    Limburg was arrested on March 17 for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of a schedule VI drug and evading arrest. He was the prime suspect in the cemetery vandalism, but he wasn’t charged at the time.

  • Another former Houston tract sold

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity has sold another piece of land that once belonged to the Houston brothers.

    Habitat acquired the land through a donation from Cleveland attorney James F. Logan in 2012.

    Habitat Vice President Jim Smith said earlier this year that his organization was uncomfortable keeping the land.

    Brothers Rocky and Leon Houston have a history of clashes with law enforcement and public officials.

    They once vowed to defend the land with their lives.

  • Water aerobics draws followers

    Outside of the normal swimming lessons and children beating the summer heat, the Rockwood Community Center pool has another group of regulars.

    Four days a week, a group of 15-20 women gather in the pool to work on their fitness.

    It’s hard to tell they are exercising, however, with the amount of laughter and fun being had.

    The free, low-impact aerobics class has been around for years in Rockwood.

    One member said she’s been attending for more than 15 years.

    The class meets Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

  • McFarland challenge before appeals court

    Tom McFarland’s appeal of his election loss is scheduled to be argued before the Tennessee Court of Appeals in Knoxville today — Wednesday.

    Mike Pemberton defeated McFarland in the race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge on Aug. 7, 2014.

    McFarland sued Pemberton, the Roane County Election Commission and Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins in Roane County Chancery Court after his loss.

  • Indictment in child abuse case

    A 3-year-old child allegedly suffered a fractured skull and fractured jaw at the hands of a 21-year-old Kingston man last fall.

    The alleged perpetrator, Dakota Cain Lamping, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last week on four counts of aggravated child abuse.

    Kingston Police Detective Keith Kile said Lamping took the child to Roane Medical Center on Oct. 11, claiming she was injured falling down steps.

  • Troop 101 celebrating 75th year

    Generations of young men have gone through the ranks of Kingston’s Boy Scouts Troop 101.

    In fact, fathers, sons and now grandsons have participated, first as scouts and later as scoutmasters or assistant scoutmasters in the troop’s 75-year history.

    “This is a great troop because it stays active,” said Ted Dailey.

    He and his wife, Laura, are perfect examples of the generational connections the troop has,

  • Kimble Chase pulls for a cause

    Rockwood’s Kimble Chase collected about 1,400 pounds of food for local food banks.

    The effort was part of Kimble Chase’s participation in parent company Gerresheimer’s Week.

    In addition to the local food collection, the company will be making a monetary donation to Second Harvest Food Bank.

    “We wanted something all inclusive that everyone could participate in,” said Heather Hagensee, human resource manager at Kimble Chase.

  • GUEST OPINION: Outsiders and insiders needed in Congress


    Center on Congress

    Insiders in Congress put in long, tedious hours on the minutiae of developing legislation. Outsiders mostly use Congress as a platform to build a following beyond their own constituency. Both types are needed to make the system work.

    Members of Congress get categorized in all sorts of ways. They’re liberal or conservative; Republican or Democrat; interested in domestic affairs or specialists in foreign policy.

  • New drug laws start July 1

    By State Sen. KEN YAGER

    Prescription drug abuse in Tennessee is a serious health epidemic, but our state legislature has continued to make progress in our efforts to curb it. As of July 1, three new laws will be enacted to tackle the problem, including one bill that I sponsored which tightens the requirements for medical directors and owners of pain management clinics.