Local News

  • Judge renders not-guilty verdict in rape trial

    A jury of seven women and five men was picked to hear the case of a Kingston man accused of a sex crime.
    However, they never got to deliberate.
    Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said Criminal Court Judge Eugene Eblen granted a directed verdict of not guilty at the conclusion of the state’s proof on Tuesday.
    Michael K. Torrans, 46, was charged with aggravated statutory rape. Reedy said the judge’s decision means he cannot be retried under double-jeopardy rules.
    The alleged crime occurred on Memorial Day weekend in 2009.

  • Cancer survivor tribute part of Roane relay

    Relay for Life of Roane County is holding a tribute for local survivors of cancer this month.
    “We have a really exciting event,” said Relay chairwoman Fran Puckett.
    Relay organizers are hosting a survivors afternoon of fun on Sunday, March 25.
    “At lunch, we’re going to have finger foods for all survivors,” Puckett added.
    The reception will be from 1 to 2 p.m. in room O-105 of the  O’Brien Building at Roane State Community College.

  • Kingston man severely beaten

    Kingston police are investigating an aggravated robbery that occurred on March 11. According to the report, officers went to 1217 Blossom Lane for a possible burglary in progress.
    David Gibson was found lying in the front yard when police arrived. He was in bad shape, according to the report, and was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center by Lifestar.
    “The only thing I can tell you now is it’s an ongoing investigation,” Assistant Police Chief Gary Nelson said Friday.

  • Line insurance not a municipal thing, local utility warns

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas has nothing to do with a water-line insurance sales pitch that has been circulating in the Rockwood service area.
    A customer recently shared a letter from a company called HomeServe USARepair Management Corp., providing insurance for the repair and service for the customer’s portion of water service line.
    The company has been in trouble in other state, resulting in settlements with state officials.
    “I would like our customers to know this is not through us or endorsed by us,” said manager Kim Ramsey.

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  • Kingston OKs buy for new city hall

    By Mike Gibson
    Kingston City Council manifested an Edifice Complex at its March 13 session, moving forward with plans that could see the town with both a new city hall and a new YMCA.

    The first one will cost. Council approved the purchase of the soon-to-be-vacant Kingston Medical Plaza for $1.45 million and approved a loan application for $2 million to the Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund for the purchase and subsequent renovations.

    Council had said at the previous week’s work session that

  • Assessor hopefuls describe strategies

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham is quick to point out what the four people who want her job have in common.

    “None of them have any experience in running this office,” she said.

    That’s not a bad thing, according to candidate David Morgan.

    “If experience gets us what we have now, then I’d be better off going into the job without any experience and just a little common sense,” he said.

  • Tiger Haven suit moved to Loudon

    The lawsuit filed by some East Roane County residents against Tiger Haven has been moved to neighboring Loudon County.

    According to Roane County Circuit Court records, an agreed order for a change of venue was entered on March 1.

    The entire court file, according to the records, was sent to Loudon County Circuit Court on March 13.

    Tiger Haven is at 237 Harvey Road in East Roane County. The facility houses several types of big cats, including tigers, lions, leopards and cougars.

  • Relay for Life: Register teams by Tuesday to help Roane fight cancer

    The bonds from Relay for Life go beyond the fellowship of each team that participates.

    The festive event itself, which centers around team members walking all night, doesn’t just raise money for the American Cancer Society; it’s a party-like atmosphere that celebrates not only the survivors of cancer but the participants themselves.

  • Hwy. 27 communities aspire to a Route 66 rebirth

    Almost everyone knows of historic Route 66, the U.S. highway that has returned to a golden era after the interstate system nearly killed the iconic American roadway that took travelers to the West Coast.

    Now people are looking to bring the same rebirth to Hwy. 27, the road that carried motorists from Michigan to Florida before interstate highways.