Local News

  • Kingston hopeful on grant chance

    By Mike Gibson
    Blocked once from a block grant, Kingston officials are taking their cues from an old adage: “If at first you don’t succeed…”
    Kingston Council members placed a resolution to apply for fiscal 2013 Community Development Block Grant Funds up to $500,000. There’s a public meeting scheduled for Dec. 18 in Council Chambers at the community center to discuss suitable subjects for grant funding.

  • Mugger not first time offender

    The alleged mugging of an 84-year-old woman wasn’t Benjamin Heath Clark’s first run-in with the law this year. According to court records, Clark was arrested for public intoxication on Aug. 7. He was found guilty in September and fined $50.
    Court records also show that Clark’s wife filed a petition for an order of protection against him. She alleged that Clark forced himself on her while she was sleeping.

  • Salvation Army needs volunteers

    The ringing of bells outside of shopping centers has become as much a part of Christmas time as Santa Claus and his reindeer.
    The local chapter of the Salvation Army in Roane County has bell ringing days at several locations including the Harriman Kroger, Kingston Food City and Rockwood Walmart.
    The group would always love to see more volunteers, including a site coordinator to return bell ringing to Harriman Food City.
    “We traditionally have four sites in Roane County,” said Bob Lepsig.

  • Changes come to RCN

    Chances are you noticed two significant changes to the Roane County News beginning with this edition.
    Our front page logo has changed from the cyan outline of Roane County that has been on the front for decades.
    The new logo, which we think better reflects the grace and beauty of Roane County and its extensive waterfront, includes the outline of a flying heron.
    Another change you may notice is a slightly narrower width to the page.
    This change was made due to the ever increasing cost of newsprint.

  • Mullins fights to waive penalties

    Brian Mullins and his company Brian Mullins Excavating owe Roane County thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes. His attorney, Mark N. Foster, argued during a court hearing last week that the penalties on the debt should be waived because another company Mullins owns, Siteworx LLC, is suing the county over work done on the new jail. 
    Chancellor Frank V. Williams III didn’t agree with Foster’s argument and ruled Mullins must pay the penalties.

  • Injuries in Harriman collision
  • Meth suspect fights lengthy sentencing

    A woman serving 20 years in federal prison for her role in a Roane County methamphetamine conspiracy is trying to fight her sentence.
    Kristi Miller filed a motion to vacate, set aside, or correct her sentence.
    “It does not plainly appear from the face of the motion that it should be summarily dismissed,” Chief U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Collier wrote.
    Collier ordered the U.S. Attorney’s Office to file a response to Miller’s motion, which it did on Dec. 3.

  • US Bank robber gets prison time

    Justin Charles Solock was sentenced to 80 months in federal prison for robbing the US Bank in Rockwood. His sentencing hearing was held at the federal courthouse in Knoxville last Thursday.
    Solock, 25, was also ordered to pay $1,188.51 in restitution. His prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release.
    The robbery occurred on April 25. Solock pleaded guilty to the crime in August.

  • Officials warn of early flu strike this season

    Flu season has started, and health officials are seeing higher-than-usual breakouts in Tennessee and other Southeastern states for this early in the season.
    Dr. Kelly Moore, immunization program director at Tennessee Department of Health, said the flu peaks at different times, but typically in Tennessee the flu peaks in January and February.
    “This year, it started out early,” Moore said. “We want to make sure people don’t wait to get vaccinated.”

  • Family feud has $6 million ending

    A years-long family feud over a prime piece of Roane County property has turned costly for one local man.
    According to court records, Katherine M. Mounger died owning several valuable pieces of property, including a 1,200-acre lakefront tract on Dogwood Road in East Roane County.
    Two of her children, E. Jay Mounger and Katherine Mounger Lasater, are executors of the estate. They sued their brother, Charles D. Mounger Jr., in Roane County Circuit Court in 2009, alleging he caused the estate to lose out on a lucrative sale.