Local News

  • Rattled in Boston

    Local runner Tara Stockton was more focused on enjoying the Boston Marathon than finishing the race in a certain time.

    “I literally was just soaking all of it in,” she said.

    That turned out to be a good thing for the Harriman resident.
    On Monday, two bombs exploded near the finish line at the 4-hour, 9-minute mark of the marathon.

    At least three people were killed and more than 170 people wounded at the scene of carnage.



    In Oliver Springs, all signs point to Janelle Arthur as the next “American Idol” winner. Go to Page 7 to see how the town is actively supporting the beautiful and talented country music singer from its midst.

  • Pinkerton goodbyes begin

    Kingston City Council members said their goodbyes to longtime City Manager Jim Pinkerton at his last official council meeting, each in his own special way.

    Then they set about appointing another city stalwart to fill his shoes until a permanent replacement is chosen.

    “I’m going to miss not coming down to City Hall to give you a hard time,” said Councilman Norm Sugarman.

    “So long, Pumpkin,” Councilman Kevin McClure added with a broad grin.
    Pinkerton sat quietly, smiling.

  • More meth-making arrests in county

    Alleged methamphetamine-making has Christopher Ryan Jenkins facing more drug charges.

    According to an arrest report, Rockwood police received information on April 10 that Jenkins was  making meth at 516 A W. Baldwin St. Police said they found him and Ashleigh Samantha Hargis in a bedroom when they showed up.

  • Scam over deeds continues

    Roane County Register of Deeds Sharon Brackett said scammers are still trying to con property owners into thinking they need to pay a big fee in order to get a copy of their deed.  

    “It’s all over the state of Tennessee they’re doing this,” she said.

    She issued a warning about the scam last year, but wanted to give another because it’s still going on.

    The scammers mail property owners a letter asking them to send money to a local records office to get a copy of their deed.

  • Frisbees, robots, kids ... oh my!

    When Roane County High School started a robotics team this year, the notion of going to the international competition wasn’t even a thought.

    However, that is just what Full Metal Jackets will be doing when they leave for St. Louis April 23 for the world championship.  

    “There will be 400 teams competing,” said Cynthia Holmes.

  • Saturday mail delivery to continue

    Saturday mail delivery looks like it will continue in Roane County along with the rest of the country.

    Earlier this year the U.S. Postal Service announced plans to start a Monday-through-Friday delivery schedule for mail starting in August.

    Those plans have been scuttled because of the continuing resolution recently passed by Congress, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors last week. The continuing resolution funds the government.

  • Local runner at Boston Marathon OK, official says

    Harriman resident and 2013 Boston Marathon participant Tara Stockton wasn’t harmed in Monday’s explosions, according to Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips. Stockton’s husband is Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    “I know that Tara’s OK because I talked to her,” Phillips said.

    Two bombs exploded near the finish line at the Boston Marathon.

  • Garden Club anxious to share

    Harriman’s best gardeners know a thing or two about growing things — and they love to share tips with anyone who will listen.

    “Check the fingernails and you can tell who is a gardener,” quipped Mary Mathis, showing hers.

    She has been a part of Harriman Garden Club for at least 17 years.

    She and many other longtime members don’t tire of the fellowship of gardening and the work that comes with it, including community projects at Harriman’s Rivefront Park.

  • Mind-blowing ‘Dance’ puts Janelle in top 5

    Oliver Springs’ Janelle Arthur is now in the top 5 in this season’s “American Idol.”

    The country crooner joins four other female singers in FOX’s reality television talent show.

    She got there despite some disheartening reviews from the judges on her performances of “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” and Garth Brooks’ “The Dance.”

    “I feel like I’m just doing the best job that I can,” Arthur said behind the curtains.