Local News

  • Roane State recitals set for Saturday

    Roane State Community College faculty will perform classic works as soloists and in small ensembles during its faculty recital on Saturday, March 23, at 7 p.m.
    The recital will be in the O’Brien Theatre on the Roane County campus. Admission is free.
    For more information, contact Brenda Luggie at 354-3000, Ext. 4236, or luggieb@roanestate.edu.

  • Hostage situation in Oliver Springs

    An Oliver Springs man allegedly beat his senior parents and knocked his sister down, refusing to let them leave their Hen Valley Road home Monday evening.
    David J. Woods, 42, 836 Hen Valley Road, allegedly wanted them to give him money for drugs.
    Woods is charged with three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, interference with an emergency call and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.

  • Kingston gets seat on 911 board

    To say it was a foregone conclusion that Vice Mayor Tim Neal would be recommended by Kingston City Council for the county E911 board at its March 12 session would be more than an understatement.
    Neal, whom council members agreed to place on the agenda as its potential candidate to replace the late Bob Humphreys at its March 5 meeting, had already been appointed to the board by County Mayor Ron Woody at a County Commission meeting the night before.

  • Spring work could affect drivers

    Travelers should consider a different route or leave a little early on Sunday if they typically travel over the Kingston dike on Hwy. 70.
    TVA will be doing inspections of the Kingston dike along Hwy. 70 in Kingston from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    “On Sunday, we are going to have one lane closed across the Kingston dike. We will alternate traffic,” said spokesman Travis Brickey. “We are going to have some drilling rigs there. We are doing a health check of our dams and dikes.” 

  • Houstons protest pre-arrest surveillance

    The federal government’s case against Rocky and Leon Houston could suffer a major blow if a judge grants the brothers’ motions to suppress video evidence.

    Rocky Houston is charged with 14 counts of being a felon in possession of firearms. Leon Houston faces one count of possessing firearms while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.

  • DUI case bound over to grand jury

    The DUI case of Kingston Councilman Kevin McClure was bound over to the June grand jury after his preliminary hearing Monday.
    McClure was found unresponsive in his vehicle, which sat with the engine running, on Ladd Wright Road on May 22, 2012.
    “When I first opened the door, once the air came out I smelled an odor commonly associated with an alcoholic beverage,” Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Self testified.

  • Vice principal arrested again

    Oliver Springs High School Assistant Principal Donna Renee Moore was arrested on Saturday.
    Oliver Springs police charged her with driving under the influence and violation of the implied consent law. Moore was booked at the Anderson County Jail.
    According to the incident report, officer Shannon Runyan was dispatched to the skating rink on Tri-County Boulevard late Friday on a complaint that a parent who arrived to pick up their child was possibly intoxicated.

  • Inmates help spruce up Rockwood

    Free labor has done a lot toward freshening the look of Rockwood municipal facilities.
    Fresh green paint is on the walls inside Rockwood City Hall, and new windows for city services are also being installed.
    “There are a lot of things going on to make this a better place,” Councilman Bill Thompson said.
    The paint and windows are just some of the many remodeling tasks tackled with the help of inmates from Morgan County Correctional Facility.
    “I’m really proud our building is beginning to shape up,” Mayor James Watts said.

  • REACH concert a charity fundraiser

    After missing its fundraising goal last year, Operation REACH is starting early in 2013.
    “That’s what it’s going to take,” President Jane Ollis said.
    A benefit concert featuring Ten Foot Grave and Site 109 is scheduled at Midway High School on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Butler, the school resource officer for Midway, said the concert is free, but donations for REACH are appreciated. 
    “Everyone is welcome,” he said.

  • Woody issues tax-rate warning

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody has expressed concerns that an increase in the county’s property tax rate could hurt its chances to recruit industry.
    The rate is currently $2.18 per $100 valuation.
    The rate could rise this year with the school system facing a budget shortfall.
    At the same time, school and county officials are looking to beef up security at the schools.