Local News

  • Kingston employee gives railing decorative touch

    Some old wooden railings at the lakefront in Kingston presented a dangerous problem for the city.
    The fix not only shored up the structure, but provided a spirit-lifting work of art, as well as a nod to the many fishermen the water draws.
    Rick Ross, who heads Kingston’s parks and recreation department explained how the decorative new metal railing came about.
    “The other one was just rotting out, and we needed to replace it for safety reasons,” Ross said.

  • Jim Henry honored by Boy Scouts
  • Kingston moves on search for city manager

    Kingston City Manager Jim Pinkerton had already proffered his resignation from the post he’d held with distinction for some 12 years on March 13.
    A special- called meeting of city council on March 21 made it official.
    With a minor change in the wording of Pinkerton’s letter — with his approval, it was altered to say that he was “resigning for retirement” rather than simply “resigning” — council unanimously accepted his decision to step down as the city’s chief administrator.

  • Radios could be lifesavers

    When Kingston Elementary School’s Parent-Teacher Organization decided to raise money for two-way radios for each teacher, the response was surprising.

    Students brought in around $18,000 through donations and selling candy bars this year.

    “We had 420 students either donate or sell candy,” said Kristy Cantrell, PTO president.

    She believes the focus on safety in schools played a big role in the response from families.

    Cantrell said the group asked school personnel what a big need was for the school.

  • Holocaust studies may help future

    Several Ridge View Elementary School students spend part of their after-school activities learning about the tragedies of the Holocaust, the systematic murder of millions of Jews by Nazi Germany.

    It’s the second year the students will be putting on a Holocaust Remembrance ceremony at Rockwood’s Homecoming Park.

    This year’s event is April 11 at 6 p.m. and will feature a guest speaker.

  • Tony winner, OS native Levi Kreis to be in concert

    Tony Award winner and hometown boy Levi Kreis will be in Knoxville performing at Pellissippi State Community College on March 30.

    In 2010, the Oliver Springs native won a Tony for his performance as Jerry Lee Lewis in “Million Dollar Quartet” on Broadway. The play is based on the famous recording session with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Lewis and Carl Perkins.

    Kreis’ concert in Pellissippi State’s Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley campus is the only Tennessee stop on his Flying Solo tour.

  • Crash shuts down I-40

    Interstate 40 westbound traffic was shutdown for hours Thursday due to a wreck near mile marker 355.

    Dispatch reports indicate injured patients were taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

    Further details were not available at press time.

  • Jennings: Houston property search cause without video

    Even without surveillance video, federal agents had probable cause to search the Houstons’ property in January, according to Assistant United States Attorney David Jennings.

  • Woman claims principal violated ADA in lawsuit

    A former Roane County Schools employee is accusing the system of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    Mary Edwards of Rockwood is seeking back pay, front pay, reinstatement and $600,000 in damages in a federal lawsuit filed against the Board of Education.

    Edwards was a teaching assistant at Ridge View Elementary School in Rockwood when she fell at work and tore her rotator cuff in August 2010.

  • Emptying jail cells: Officials make creative suggestions to alleviate overcrowding

    Judges, prosecutors, officials with the sheriff’s office and county executive have been trying to come up with a solution to alleviate overcrowding at the 172-bed Roane County Jail.

    The fact that the county is having to confront that issue less than four years after the facility opened is frustrating for some.