Local News

  • Robot team needs money

    The Roane County High School FIRST Robotics team is working down to the wire to raise funds to defray the cost of attending the world championship in St. Louis.

    Students still have several thousand dollars to raise and ask that people consider donating by going to www.fundraise.com/tn-first-robotics/roane-county-high-school-robotics-team.

    According to the team’s fundraising website, they have raised only $1,530 of their $5,000 goal as of Thursday morning.

    The website said the team needs $11,000 to go.

  • Carmen Van Horn new VISTA member

    Carmen Van Horn of Kingston recently became an AmeriCorps VISTA member.

    Van Horn will serve as the VISTA veterans coordinator for Roane County and a Roane County United Way intern coordinating the Earned Income Tax Credit and Roane Alliance for Financial Independence programs.

    “We are honored to have Carmen serving with us over the next year,” said Amy Harmon, United Way executive director.

    “Her enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to serving others are an inspiration to others.”

  • The power of the Stump Cross


  • Quirky crime: Woman snoring in Rockwood men’s bathroom

    A woman was found asleep on a toilet in the men’s bathroom at Rockwood Hardee’s on April 10.

    Courtney Renae Nietzsche, 27, was charged with public intoxication and criminal impersonation in the incident.

    The restaurant contacted police at 12:10 p.m. about a female snoring in the men’s bathroom.  

  • Did you know?

    ... that famed naturalist and author John Muir passed through Kingston on Sept. 12, 1867, on his legendary walk to the Gulf of Mexico? He wrote about it:
    “Awoke drenched with mountain mist, which made a grand show, as it moved away before the hot sun. Passed Montgomery, a shabby village at the head of the east slope of the Cumberland Mountains. Obtained breakfast in a clean house and began the descent of the mountains. Obtained fine views of a wide, open country, and distant flanking ridges and spurs.

  • 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.