Local News

  • Roane Academy sold

    From staff reports

    Omni Visions no longer owns Roane Academy.

    “Roane Academy has been sold,” Omni Visions spokeswoman Jennifer Wigal said Friday. “I can send you a statement regarding that.”

    Wigal did not provide that statement and she also didn’t respond to questions about who purchased Roane Academy.

    “Unfortunately, I am unable to provide a statement at this time,” she said later via email.

  • Man says wiring scam cleaned out account

    A Rockwood man reported being scammed out of some money last week.

    Bossie Davidson met with Detective Josh Rymer at the police station on Nov. 13 to discuss how he got swindled.

    “Davidson stated that a woman, Theresa Chalker Brown, whom he has known for about a year, asked him to help her,” the report said.

    “Brown wanted to deposit checks in Davidson’s bank account and then have him send the money to her via wire transfer.”

    The report said Davidson agreed and provided Brown his bank account information.

  • Coalition ‘takes back’ 45.6 pounds of meds

    According to the Tennessee Department of Health, 85,567 painkiller prescriptions were filled in Roane County in 2016.

    When broken down into morphine milligram equivalents, that means enough opiates were filled in Roane County to provide every person with 183 10-milligram hydrocodone pills.

  • Missing an ingredient? Head to the pantry, not the store

    No eggs? If it’s for baking, substitute 1/4 cup applesauce for 1 egg.

    No cornstarch? For every 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, use 1 tablespoon arrowroot, or 1 tablespoon potato flour or potato starch, or 2 1/2 tablespoons flour.

    No buttermilk? Use plain yogurt, thinned sour cream or creme fraiche instead. Or add 1 tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar to 1 cup milk and let stand 5 minutes.

    No dry breadcrumbs? Just get some bread, tear it up into small chunks and saute in a skillet with a little butter until browned.

  • Authorities use Taser on bat wielder

    Roane County sheriff’s deputies used a Taser on a disorderly Kingston man Thursday after he ignored orders to get on the ground and instead cursed at the deputy who made the order.

    Keith Bryan Jones, 50, 251 Woodland Drive, Kingston, was charged with resisting stop, frisk, halt, arrest or search; obstructing service of process; and domestic assault.

    Deputies reported they responded to Woodland Drive on a call of a disorderly person damaging several vehicles and was in the yard with a baseball bat at the time of the call.

  • Fire damages house on hill near courthouse

    A home near the courthouse in Kingston caught on fire Wednesday night. No one was home at the time and no injuries were reported.

    “There was smoke and flames in the attic area that penetrated and burned about a 6-foot hole in the roof,” Kingston Fire Department Chief Willie Gordon said.

    The fire was reported at 9:03 p.m. The first crew from the Kingston Fire Department arrived on scene about four minutes later.

    “We left around 11:30 p.m.,” Gordon said.

    The Harriman Fire Department responded along with Kingston.

  • Oh, what fun it is to ride

    Rockwood 2000 will present Rockwood’s Downtown Christmas on Dec. 1 on Homecoming Park.

    This family event will be packed with holiday activities throughout the day.

    Live holiday music will start at the park at 3:45 p.m.

    Featured performers include Roane State carolers, the Evans Family Singers and Rockwood High School Band.

    Along with the traditional yearly downtown Christmas tree lighting, horse-and-carriage rides will be available starting around 5 p.m.

  • Mess lands woman behind bars

    Litigation over a property littered with debris landed an elderly Roane County woman in jail.

    Helen Hayes was arrested on an attachment issued in the case.

    Hayes, 67, owns property at 1812 Bluff Road. In 2015, the Roane County Commission voted to have County Attorney Greg Leffew file a lawsuit against her in Chancery Court for “continually allowing conditions of overgrown vegetation/accumulated debris,” on her property.

    According to court records, Hayes was ordered to bring her property into compliance and failed to do so.

  • REACH $60,000 away from goal

    Time is again drawing near for Operation REACH.

    REACH, an acronym for Roane Enriches Another Child’s Holiday, takes around 500 needy children Christmas shopping and then off to Rockwood High School to wrap their new gifts.

    This year’s event will be Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9.

    “They spend about $225 a piece for them and their families,” said Randy Ellis, REACH president.

    For many it’s the only time the children will get to shop like this for items like toys and other items.