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Local News

  • Municipal Election Precinct-by-Precinct Results
  • City Councils and Mayors to serve Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood as of July 1
  • Utility worker candidates force changes in Rockwood

    The top vote getter in Rockwood City Council elections traditonally has two privileges — he becomes the new vice mayor and sits on the Rockwood Electric Utility Board.
    However, a new ordinance stops that tradition in its tracks.
    That’s because the highest vote getter in this week’s election was Jason Jolly, a Rockwood Electric Utility employee.
    Last month the Rockwood City Council approved an ordinance prohibiting utility employees from serving on the Rockwood Electric Utility Board.

  • Hanging initially deemed suicide

    Police said a 36-year-old Rockwood woman found hanging from a tree Tuesday morning apparently took her own life.
    “It’s still under investigation by the TBI, but right now it appears to be a suicide,” Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said.
    Police were dispatched to 609 N. Wilder Ave. shortly before 8 a.m. in reference to a hanging.
    “Prior to my arrival, I was advised by dispatch that the victim was cut down by the caller,” the police report said. The responding officer found Amy Lopez on the ground dead.

  • Kingston workers trim along Watts Bar Lake
  • Medic blood drive
  • Kingston declared victor in annexation battle with Harriman

    The Tennesee Supreme Court has ruled that Kingston's 2008 annexation by election in Midtown is legal, overturning an appeals court ruling in favor of Harriman, which also wanted the property.

    Kingston Mayor Troy Beets announced the news at a city workshop Thursday night after he entered the room dancing.

    "I am beyond happy," Beets said.

    “It's something that those of us who have been on the council for a while have been involved with,” he added.

  • Floods highlight need for coverage

    Recent flooding in Tennessee underscored a painful truth: flooding is America’s most common natural disaster — and the cost of cleanup and repair is huge.
    Everyone’s property is in danger of flooding to one extent or another. Yet homeowner insurance policies generally do not cover flood damage.
    There is a solution.
    The National Flood Insurance Program, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, offers federally backed coverage to property owners and renters in nearly 400 Tennessee communities that participate in the NFIP.

  • HORSE for a HERO?

    A local ranch hopes to honor a deserving veteran the best way it knows how: by awarding one of its unusual horses to him or her.
    The owners of Lexlin Gypsy Ranch want to give back in a big way this Independence Day by having a sweepstakes for one of their gypsy vanner horses.
    Eric Barton and his wife, Mechelle, have decided to have a sweepstakes for a worthy veteran to win one of their horses from Lexlin Gypsy Ranch on New Hope Road near Rockwood.
    That horse is the aptly named Braveheart, a 1-year-old gelding with a beautiful gray coloring.

  • Kingston fire victim still critical

    Sandra Webb, the Kingston woman injured in a house fire last week, was still being treated at the Vanderbilt Burn Center Tuesday morning, a family member said.

    Tammy Clark, her sister’s daughter-in-law, said the situation was still touch-and-go.

    “They’re still pumping out smoke out of her chest,” she said. “She’s still critical, but she’s making a little progress every day.”