Local News

  • City Clerk Neal retires; Marshall picking up reins

    After almost 30 years of service by Eleanor Neal, the city of Kingston has a new clerk.

    Marsha Marshall was officially sworn in March 1, but had been in training for her new role over the last few months.

    Her duties include attending and taking the minutes for city council meetings.

    She has some impressive shoes to fill. Neal, who has worked for the city of Kingston since 1979, was city clerk from 1987 to Dec. 16, 2016.

    Neal still works at City Hall, and is the mother of Kingston Mayor Tim Neal.

  • Harriman nabs 7 for drugs

    Harriman police found several needles along with suspected methamphetamine during a March 9 traffic stop. Three people – 18-year-old Taylor Vestal, 24-year-old Shila Hackler and 26-year-old Joshua Sexton – were arrested.  

    According to the warrant, Harriman K-9 Officer Brian Turner was on the lookout for a stolen Land Rover. He stopped the vehicle, which was reported stolen out of Knox County, on South Roane Street.

  • Substance believed to be Ecstacy discovered at inn

    Law-enforcement officers  found what is believed to be Ecstacy at the Comfort Inn at 1867 S. Roane St. on March 16.

    Harriman Police K-9 Officer Brian Turner and Sgt. John Jones and Roane County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an anonymous report there were drugs, children and firearms in a hotel room.

    A Harriman Police Department release said Turner reported hearing a male’s voice talking about going to Knoxville to pick up more drugs.

  • Harriman earns berth in Class A state title game

    The Harriman Blue Devils used a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Columbia Academy Bulldogs, 72-68, to earn a berth in the TSSAA Class A championship game against Clay County, winners of Grace Christian in the other semifinal, at 6 p.m. CDT Saturday.

    Trailing 61-54 with five minutes remaining, the Blue Devils turned up the intensity on defense and responded with a 10-0 run that featured 10 combined points from seniors Joe Pace and John Johnson.

  • Harriman stuns three-time champs

    The Harriman Blue Devils are two wins away from their first state championship since 1995, as they defeated 3-time Class A champion Mitchell 59-54 in the last quarterfinal game of the state tournament Thursday night at Murphy Center on the MTSU campus.

  • Vandalism ‘rampage’ reported in Rockwood

    Four juveniles have been identified after “going on a rampage” in Rockwood Saturday night.

    Rockwood police said the vandals used spray paint to cause more than $3,000 worth of damage to city-owned and private property.

    Two of the juveniles are from Rockwood, and two live in Knoxville, said Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett on Wednesday.

    One of the Knoxville juveniles previously lived in Rockwood, too, he added.

  • Body found at fire scene

    Roane County emergency personnel had found one body in a fire south of Rockwood and were still sifting through the ashes of the double wide modular home at 1137 Mountain View Road late Thursday morning.

    “We have the TBI, Bomb and Arson and our detectives on scene,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    “We are treating it as a crime scene until the evidence proves differently.”

    The body, which Stockton said was still unidentified as of late Thursday morning, was found inside the modular home near stairs on the outside of the home.

  • Woody wants state to invest in Plateau Park

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody is pushing for the state to become an investor in Plateau Partnership Park.

    “If that park is going to amount to anything for the region, it’s going to have to have some substantial investment by the state,” Woody said.

    This September will mark 10 years since officials from Roane, Cumberland and Morgan counties held a ceremonial groundbreaking to revel in their investment in the park.

    Each county borrowed $2.5 million for the project, but that wasn’t nearly enough to make it viable.

  • More indictments against man sheriff calls ‘menace’

    Three more indictments were returned against Larry Matthew Adkisson last month.

    One charges him with aggravated burglary and theft of property from $10,000 to $60,000. The grand jury also returned an indictment charging Adkisson with aggravated burglary, theft of property $1,000 or less and vandalism $1,000 or less. Another indictment charges him with theft under $500 and forgery from $1,000 to $10,000.

    Adkisson, 52, was arraigned on the indictments on Feb. 27 in Roane County Criminal Court. Judge Jeff Wicks appointed attorney Jedidiah McKeehan to represent him.