Local News

  • Oak Ridge crash kills OS man

    From staff reports

    An Oliver Springs man perished from injuries suffered in a Monday vehicle crash on Hwy. 95 just south of White Wing Road, Oak Ridge.

    Ralph Connor, 78, was taken to Fort Loudoun Medical Center, Lenoir City, where he later died.

    A release from the Oak Ridge Police Department said officers determined a four-door sedan driven by Connor was traveling southbound on Hwy. 95 and crossed over the double yellow line and struck the trailer of a semi-truck in the northbound lane.

  • Missing ring leads to drug arrests

    A burglary call last week in Rockwood led to nine arrests — most of which were drug infractions.

    Rockwood Police Officer Rick Thomas was dispatched on April 7 to 143 Evans Heights after being alerted to an alleged burglary.

    When he arrived, Jason Allen Goins was standing in front of Apartment 142. However, the alleged burglary had occurred at Apartment 143, where Thomas found resident and complainant Michalia Beth Blake and her boyfriend, Jeffrey Eugene Holcomb.

  • PT Cruiser snoozer, meat heist keep police busy

    Rockwood police said a woman was asleep in the driver’s seat of a PT Cruiser that was in the middle of the street on Saturday.

    The woman, identified as Sherri Smith, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, possession of drugs without a prescription and violation of the implied consent law.

    According to the warrant, Officer Rick Thomas was dispatched to the 200 block of North Kingston Avenue to assist Detective Dwayne Gray after Gray found Smith asleep behind the wheel of the car.

  • Hung jury in sex case

    Prosecutors plan to retry Jonathan Edward Hanson on a charge of aggravated sexual battery. His Wednesday trial at the Roane County Courthouse ended in a hung jury.

    “We will try him again,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sent the jury back to deliberate at 5:06 p.m. Wednesday. The jury came back into the courtroom at 7:30 p.m., and announced that it was hopelessly deadlocked. Wicks declared a mistrial.

  • Rockwood receives more state funding for trails

    Rockwood is getting extra money to amend its walking trails that will eventually lead to Tom Fuller Park.

    The state is giving the city an additional $200,000 in Transportation Alternative Grant funding for the greenway project from Gateway Avenue to Tom Fuller Park.

    This brings the construction cost to $796,402, with the city of Rockwood contributing a 20-percent match.

  • Kingston still renting boat slips

    There are only five city-owned boat slips that remain available at Kingston’s 58 Landing.

    Kingston City Manager David Bolling reported to Kingston City Council Tuesday during its regular monthly meeting that rental fees for 10 of the 18 slips have already been paid, and three more were expected to be paid by the end of the week.

    “That will leave five, so if anyone would like to rent one, let us know,” Bolling said. “We anticipate the [slips] will fill up soon.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Are drivers doomed to dodge Harwell holes?

    “BACK TO FIVE”, ran Monday’s headline above Damon Lawrence’s report on the fate of the one-high-school push, with a sub-head of “Consolidated high school rejected”.

    And with that we can hope that this rotten idea has been firmly and finally laid to rest, but some bad ideas just seem to keep coming back to haunt us, as has this issue.


    An Anglers Cove resident says she has been trying for years to get help with drainage issues that threaten to wash away her yard, her home and the roadway in front of her property.

    Video images taken of Karen Rhyne’s property during a storm that struck last week show large amounts of water overflowing the roadside drainage ditch and filling her yard.

    Poor drainage also resulted in the flow of garbage and debris from a waste center about a half mile away, she said.