Local News

  • TDOT nixes Kingston parking expansion

    It seemed like a sure bet, but Kingston’s planned trailside parking lot project in Ladd Park fell by the wayside — at least for now.
    It was grounded by bureaucrats’ reservations about its funding and its alleged purpose.
    Kingston had planned to use around $300,000 in accumulated in federal Surface Transportation funds, in conjunction with another $200,000 or so left over from the Ladd Greenway project, to expand the parking lot at the trailhead in Ladd Park.

  • Rockwood seeks funds for firetruck

    How to fund the approved Rockwood firetruck is just one of many issues the city will be considering when tackling the budget for the coming year.
    Rockwood City Council approved the lowest bid at a special-called meeting earlier this year.
    “I think this is a great deal if we can manage to pay it off. We need it,” said Vice Mayor Peggy Evans. She and others, however, worry where money for big ticket items will come from.

  • Eat-and-run plans lead to Cracker Barrel meth bust

    An attempt to skip out on paying for a meal at Cracker Barrel turned into an arrest for manufacturing methamphetamine late Sunday.
    Michael Taylor Adcock, 18, of 741 Ranken Chapel Road, Oakdale, was arrested by Harriman police outside the popular restaurant around 10:20 p.m.
    He was taken to the Roane County Jail on charges of possession of a prohibited weapon and initiation of process to manufacture methamphetamine.
    He was also in custody for an unrelated theft charge.

  • Sheriff’s office looking for a few good men

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office will be accepting applications for reserve deputies in April.

    “It’s an extensive training, but it’s rewarding as well,” Lt. Rick Baker said about the reserve deputy program.

    “A lot of people always want to get involved and be an officer and never was afforded the opportunity. Here we’re going to broaden the horizons and see if we can bring on a few reserve deputies.”

    • Reserve deputies must meet the following requirements:

  • Copeland’s 40-year belated welcome home

    Harriman’s Bill Copeland felt firsthand the anger and vitriol slung at American soldiers because of the country’s most unpopular war.

    Copeland, who served two tours in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War, came face to face with angry protesters when he was at an airport in California. After landing there on a military plane, he and others were going to a civilian plane.

    “There were protesters lining the streets to spit on us,” Copeland remembered. “They called us baby killers and everything else.

  • Rockwood utilities suing to get customers to pay bills

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas wants to get paid.

    The utility has filed several civil actions in Roane County General Sessions Court over unpaid bills.  

    Those being sued are Ricky and Joyce Luffman ($997.55), Mike Fuller ($1,331.19), Green Global Resources LLC ($4,713.16), James C. “Junior” McCullough ($1,575.66), Thomas Golliher ($912.36), Joshua Brent Forrester ($925.82) and Geno Reid ($920.04).

    The cases are all scheduled to be heard June 14 in General Sessions Court.

  • Six of seven busted for meth bound over to grand jury

    Six of the seven people charged in a January meth bust have had their cases bound over to the grand jury.

    Randella Lachelle Coffey, Ashley Michelle Crabtree, Christopher Ryan Jenkins, Nancy Dean Johnson, Samuel Brock Johnson, Tiffany Maryia Johnson and Christopher Lee Powers are all charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, vandalism, child abuse and simple possession.

    Nancy Dean Johnson is the lone defendant not bound over.

  • Daughter sues dad’s accused shooter

    A woman accused of killing her live-in boyfriend is being sued for $1 million in connection with his death.

    Tammy Ellen Rosado is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of James Ronald Cobb.

    His daughter, Ashley Marie Griffith, is seeking $1 million in damages from Rosado in the lawsuit filed March 22 in Roane County Circuit Court.

  • Seventh Heaven: Supremes classic keeps OS’s Arthur hangin’ on

    Oliver Springs country crooner Janelle Arthur is proving the third time truly is a charm.

    Arthur, who has twice before tried out for FOX’s popular “American Idol” talent-show-type series, has sung her way to the Top 7 on this year’s show.

    “She’s done really well,” said Kingston’s Martha McReynolds. “The song she did last night (Wednesday), she’s getting rave reviews online.”

  • Headrick’s vehicular homicide case ends in plea

    Nancy Hill turned 64 on June 20, 2011, and had plans to celebrate her birthday with family.
    “She was going home to change clothes to meet the rest of us for a lunch because we always took her out on her birthday,” daughter Lisa Hunter said.
    Hill never made her birthday celebration. She was killed in a head-on car wreck on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood.