Local News

  • 500 pounds of spuds up for grabs

    What better side for your Thanksgiving turkey than a buttery serving of mashed potatoes?

    Floyd Lawson and his Bria-Shannel Committee are once again giving away 100 five-pound bags to those in need.

    “This Tuesday, Nov. 21, we’ll be giving away our yearly potatoes at Riverfront Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” said Lawson.

    This is the third year that they’ve given out the tasty spuds near the holidays.

    “You can eat if you have potatoes. There are so many ways you can make them,” he said.

  • State gives OS thumbs up on sewer rehabs

    Oliver Springs wastewater plant operators have addressed some of the changes recommended when the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation visited the facility in August.

    “I told them I’m glad they came down because they showed us deficiencies,” Town Administrator Chris Mason said. “We changed the way we are doing business up there.”

    Mason said the $4.5 million upgrade to the plant should be completed by December.

    “Pretty much it is a brand new sewer plant,” Mason said.

  • Turkey Day coming early for Kingston OES

    Kingston 405 Order of the Eastern Star is finalizing

    plans for its annual turkey dinner.

    The dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 18 in Union Lodge Hall on Spring Street, Kingston.

    Cost is $8 for smoked turkey, green beans, whole-kernel corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, slaw, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, pumpkin or pecan pie and tea, coffee or water.

  • Rockwood police K-9 suited with body armor

    Rockwood Police Department’s K-9 Shadow has received a bullet- and stab-protective vest, thanks to a charitable donation from the nonprofit Vested Interest in K9s Inc.

    K-9 Shadow’s vest is sponsored by VIK9s through the Amazon Smile donor percentage purchases program and embroidered with the sentiment, “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s Inc.”

    Vested Interest in K9s Inc. is a 501c3 charity in East Taunton, Mass.

  • Grinding crash claims life of Kingston man

    A Kingston man was killed in a single-vehicle car crash Friday night on Gallaher Road.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

    According to the report, Austin Jergen Owens was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed in a 2012 Chrysler 300. He left the right side of the road and struck an embankment.

    “The vehicle then went airborne and struck a tree,” the report said.

    Another driver called 911 around 9:40 p.m. to report the crash.

  • County sheds light on rules

    The unincorporated areas of Roane County are facing some lighting restrictions.

    Roane County Commission unanimously adopted outdoor lighting regulations during the regular monthly meeting on Monday.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said one of the purposes of the resolution is to prevent residents and businesses from shining their lights onto other people’s property.

    “Basically, it’s saying if you’re a business or a resident, your lights can’t escape your property boundaries,” Woody said.

  • Roane salutes VETERANS

    Roane County has plenty of ways to enjoy the water with its beautiful lakes, rivers and community pools.

    The members of nonprofit Roane Aquatics want to expand those water opportunities with an enclosed pool that would benefit everyone.

    “It is for everyone. I want to be able to swim laps. My kids want to swim and my Mom wants water aerobics,” said Cassandra Dothard.

  • Convicted child rapist wants new trial

    A convicted rapist is seeking judicial relief in Roane County Criminal Court.

    A jury found John Paul Little guilty on four counts of child rape last December.

    “It was pretty bad what he did,” Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said.

    In March of this year, Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced Little to 120 years in state prison.

    Little has a hearing scheduled in criminal court on Nov. 20, where he could ask Wicks to set aside his sentence or request a new trial.

  • Meet those who protect and serve in Harriman

    The community has the chance to meet the members of the Harriman Police Department at an open house on Thursday, Nov. 16.

    The open house will be from 4 to 7 p.m. and will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Police Chief Derek Pacifico at 6:30 p.m.

    In addition to meeting staff, the community can see the newest patrol cars and get a behind-the-scenes look at the Harriman Police Department.

    Light snacks and beverages will be provided by local donations from the community.