Local News

  • City’s farmers market may be on the move



    Could moving the Harriman farmers market be good for it and downtown?

    “I’d love to see it downtown,” said Harriman City Councilman Wayne Best recently when city officials bandied about the idea of a move.

    “It would add some foot traffic downtown and some life to downtown,” Best added.

    Where the farmers market should go needs to be decided soon, lest the city lose a grant to build a farmers market pavilion.

  • Patron allegedly pulls gun in bar, lands in jail on 19 charges



    A Kingston man is facing 19 charges after he allegedly pulled a gun on some patrons at a Midtown bar.

    According to Roane County Sheriff’s Office records, Lowell Ray Casteel faces 11 counts of reckless endangerment, six counts of aggravated assault, one count of simple assault and one count of possession of a handgun while under the influence of an intoxicant.

  • Truckers reportedly fighting in parking lot

    Police responded to the Pilot gas station on Lawnville Road last Wednesday evening on a report of two big rig drivers fist fighting in the parking lot. Kingston Assistant Police Chief Gary Nelson said the fight was over when authorities arrived. One of the drivers had already left the scene and the other, pictured here with Nelson, was allowed to leave after speaking with police.

  • Nonprofits’ gifts from county on rise

    The Roane County Commission approved a budget of $171,350 to go to nonprofit organizations.

    Commissioner Ron Berry was the only commissioner to vote no on the budget last week.

    Berry expressed concern about the budget’s substantial growth over the past couple of years.

    In 2012 the nonprofit budget was $127,850.

    “If there was a request made this year, it was sent on,” Berry said. 

    “Anybody that wanted money this year got money. It just seems like it’s just growing.”

  • TDEC grants make recycling easier in Roane County, towns

    Roane County’s new baler for recycling plastic has been online a short while, but it is still getting attention.

  • TVA: We’ve changed

    The ash piles that once were landmarks in the area around TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant are no more.

    Six years of cleaning up one of the worst environmental disasters in history has the landscape looking much different.

    “If you come here in the spring, you’re going to see a nice green, grassy field there behind us,” TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said. “It certainly looks a lot different than it did before the spill — and it looks tremendously different than it did right after the spill.”

  • Unique birthday

    When Bailey Walker turned 11 this month, it fell on a special day that made his birthday especially unique.

    Bailey turned 11 on Dec. 13.

    That’s right, the Roane County youth turned 11 on 12/13/14.

    His grandfather John Walker said he didn’t appreciate how much people thought of the special day until he heard a news account.

    “You couldn’t get married in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge unless you had a reservation almost a year because everyone wanted to get married on 12/13/14,” Walker said.

  • Another robbery

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in an armed robbery that occurred on Dec. 7 at the Rocky Top Market on Hwy. 70 in Midtown. The suspect is described as a white male with a thin build between 5 feet, 6 inches, and 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He was wearing a white mask.

  • Familiar face as Rockwood rec chief?

    A former Rockwood athlete may be helming the city’s park and recreation department.

    Chase Clem will be considered at the Rockwood City Council meeting Monday, Dec. 22.

    “That is what I’m going to recommend,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    “He is a local boy who loves his community,” he added. “I think this is right down his alley.”

    The 24-year-old played football and baseball for Rockwood High School.