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Local News

  • Kingston may extend new greenways

    Kingston City Council learned that the State of Tennessee doesn’t give refunds; but that the city can make up for any lost revenue with $280,000 in spare pocket change.

    At the Jan. 8 session, council voted on the long-delayed fate of Greenway D, the unfunded portion of the Ladd Landing Greenway, even as the rest of the project nears completion.

    The last of the project’s four greenways, D was cut out of the construction when the initial funding proved to be too little to cover the entire project cost.

  • Methmakers keep local law enforcement busy

    Seven people are facing child abuse and drug charges after numerous items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine were found Friday at 100 Oaks Apartments at 900 E. Wheeler St., Rockwood.

    “Deputies made contact with Christopher Lee Powers, who was holding a fixed-blade knife, in apartment 204,” the Roane County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. “Deputies observed Christopher Ryan Jenkins running toward a bathroom in the apartment carrying a glass container.”

  • Houstons face weapons charges; were under surveillance

    A surveillance camera mounted on a public utility pole last fall led to the arrest of brothers Rocky and Leon Houston on federal firearms charges Friday. The brothers appeared in court in Knoxville Monday.

    Agents and officers from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Roane County Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement agencies executed arrest and search warrants at the Houston family property located in Roane County.

  • Lawyer Butler’s hearing delayed

    The hearing that had been scheduled this week for Harriman attorney Donice Butler has been continued.

    Butler has been accused of misconduct by some of her former clients.

    The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, which oversees the conduct of attorneys, is seeking to have her disciplined over the allegations.

    The hearing before a three-member panel composed of attorneys had been scheduled for Jan. 16.  

  • Hanging up her pad and pen: Columnist calling it quits at 91

    Rockwood’s voice for community news — from social occasions to club meetings and guests to community members’ homes — is calling it a day.

    Josephine McKinney, the 91-year-old ’Round Rockwoodcolumnist for the Roane County News, has been writing some sort of local news column for a very long time, first taking over for her mother, Carrie Ramsey.

  • Oliver Springs, county mourns Sonny Harvey

    Sonny Harvey was a man who knew just about every little tidbit of history about the town of Oliver Springs.

    Claude Smith “C.S.” Harvey Jr., always known as Sonny, died in Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge Thursday, two days shy of his 83rd birthday.

    The historian had lived a very busy life, including his activities as a historian and chairman of the Oliver Springs Historical Society.

  • 7 jailed for child abuse at meth lab

    Seven people are facing child abuse and drug charges after numerous items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine were found Friday at 100 Oaks Apartments at 900 E. Wheeler St., Rockwood.

    “Deputies made contact with Christopher Lee Powers, who was holding a fixed blade knife, in apartment 204,” the Roane County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

    “Deputies observed Christopher Ryan Jenkins running toward a bathroom in the apartment carrying a glass container.”

  • Houston brothers jailed

    Brothers Rocky and Leon Houston have been arrested. They are being held at the Knox County Jail on a hold for U.S. Marshals, according to the jail's website.

    The brothers were booked into the jail on Saturday. John Sanchez, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service, said he wasn't at liberty to discuss the reason for their arrest.

    "I will have to wait until I am briefed and that's not going to happen for a while," Sanchez said.

  • Arbitration may end standoff

    Harriman City Council may go into arbitration over the conflict between the city and Pinnacle Pointe shopping complex developers.
    At issue is whether public money was spent on private enterprise or whether the city owes developers instead.
    “I think we need to get it over with. I think it would speed up the progress in Midtown a lot,” said Councilman J.D. Sampson.He said developers Steve Kirkham and Jerry Duncan believe the city is against them.

  • Kindness counts at Kingston Elementary

    A colorful display at Kingston Elementary School celebrates acts of kindness bystudents and staff alike.
    A large cheerful heart has been painted on two maintenance doors in a hallway of the school, and everyone is encouraged to write acts of kindness on sticky notes and place them on the door.
    Acts range from helping a teacher clean up to standing up against a bully for another student. One child even stayed home from a fun event because their sibling couldn’t go.