Local News

  • Authorities look into the death of South Roane man

    A South of the River man was found dead outside a home at Hilltop Drive last week.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said Wesley Colyer, 49, was found dead outside the home of Robert Tonachio at 115 Hilltop Drive, Kingston.

    “He was supposed to spend the night,” the sheriff said.

    “He never did come in the house, and his friend found him outside the next morning.”

    Stockton said there was a social gathering at the home that night.

    “We are not sure of the cause of death,” said Stockton.

  • Roane Treasures class to be honored

    The ninth annual Roane County Founders Day will be celebrated by recognizing the 2015 class of Roane Treasures this week.

    The celebration begins at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 in Roane County Courthouse, Kingston.

  • Rockwood signs on to Retail Strategies contract

    Rockwood jumped on board a contract to have Retail Stratagies recruit retailers to Roane County.

    The company calls itself a leading national advisory firm focusing on retail marketing analysis, strategic planning, retail recruitment and development.

    The Rockwood City Council approved the contract, with only Councilwoman Jane Long and Councilman Mike Freeman voting against it.

    Councilman Harold Holloway supported the contract.

    “I am very much for this resolution,” said Holloway.

  • Mason back on state board

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason has been reappointed to the Tennessee Workforce Development Board.

    “It is probably one of the bigger honors I’ve ever had,” he said.

    He said the board typically meets three or four times a year.

    “It is pretty interesting. Everyone is really focused right now on the governor’s goal on the Drive to 55,” said Mason.

    Gov. Bill Haslam is working toward 55 percent of Tennesseans holding a college degree or certificate by the year 2025.

  • Judge calls for hearing do over


    A second preliminary hearing was held on Oct. 26 in the case of Bobby Lee Murray, who is charged in a 2014 shooting. 

    The attorneys involved in the case said Roane County Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen ordered the second hearing due to an issue with a recording from the first one.

  • Inventory for OES on no set schedule


    Roane County Executive Ron Woody doesn’t speak with much regret when he reflects on the circumstances surrounding a former Office of Emergency Services employee accused of stealing from the county.   

  • Tribute to a Community Friend


    Rockwood officials honored the memory of a prominent businessman by renaming the city’s community center in his tribute.

    Doug Wilson was treasured by countless people in the community. The beloved pharmacist, who died in May, was well known for hiring young people to work in his pharmacies. 

  • Grand jury indicts three more on sex crime offenses

    Matthew Fonza Smith, 28, is charged with three counts of child rape and one count of aggravated sexual battery in Roane County Criminal Court.

    The grand jury returned the indictment against him on those charges on Oct. 20.

    He was arrested a few days later.

    According to the indictment, the alleged crimes occurred between May 1, 2013, and June 13 of this year.

    Jail records listed Smith’s address as 10059 Old Kingston Road, Loudon.

    He was still in custody at the Roane County Jail on Thursday.


  • Assault suspect now facing attempted murder charge

    Warren E. Dyer faces new charges for an assault he allegedly committed on July 22.

    The incident reportedly occurred at an apartment on West Rockwood Street.

    When police arrived, Kristy Danyell Smith ran up to a Rockwood officer yelling, ‘Help me, help me,” the warrant said.

    “Mrs. Smith had multiple lacerations to her head, a swollen face and strangulation marks around her neck,” the warrant said.

  • Community rallies in Addie’s leukemia fight

    The Kingston community came out in force last Friday evening to help one of its own.

    Four-year-old Addie Moore was diagnosed with Acute lymphocytic leukemia in September, and her friends, loved ones and folks she hadn’t met until that point turned out for a chili supper in her benefit at Kingston First Baptist Church

    Acute lymphocytic leukemia is a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Though it can affect adults, it often strikes children.