Local News

  • Kingston greenway addition nixed again

    Kingston city officials got some disheartening news about the ongoing Ladd greenway project, even as the happy closing of the project’s first phase approaches.
    Mayor Troy Beets reported at the Oct. 1 council work session that the city’s latest application for a grant to fund the project’s fourth “D” section was turned down by the state. Kingston had already sought a grant for section D before, and had been turned down, but officials hoped that this application would be more successful.

  • Veterans Day events come early

    Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center decided to celebrate veterans early this year.
    Instead of adding to the events planned for Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, the center has scheduled its event Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    “This is for the community and the ones here,” said Connie Sheldon, quality of life director. “The residents are the ones that came up with this.”
    Speakers will include Brian Murphy, who once guarded for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

  • Septic changes discussed for city of Kingston

    Kingston City Council members are considering STEPs to improve the city’s sewer service.
    STEP — or Septic Tank Effluent Pumping — is a means of sewage treatment whereby part of the waste from individual homes or businesses is dumped into a septic tank, and then pumped to a centralized processing plant, rather than a leach field.
    Mike Jolly, head of the city water department, reported at the Oct. 1 council work session that it might be cost effective for the city to begin using such systems again.

  • Correction

    Articles in the Sept. 23 and Oct. 2 issues of the Roane County News had incorrect information regarding Richard Keith McCarroll.
    McCarroll was indicted on 648 counts of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor in 2002.
    He pleaded guilty to three counts of the lesser crime of sexual exploitation of a minor in 2007.


    Sleeping each night in a van, moving from place to place would be hard on anyone.
    Imagine what it can do to a 10-year-old boy.
    “I know how stressful it is on me, so I know it has got to be stressful on him,” Scott Trimble said of his son, Justin.
    For the past month, father and son have lived in a van while Scott looks for work.
    “He has to go to school. He has to deal with kids,” Trimble said. “I’m sure some kids know he’s homeless, and he has to deal with that.”

  • Houston a felon, judge declares

    U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. is recommending that Rocky Houston’s motion to dismiss his federal indictment be denied.
    Houston faces 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The alleged crimes occurred between Oct. 11, 2012 and Jan. 11, 2013.  

  • Man goes from meth registry to buying cold medicine

    Mack Edward Carroll was allegedly buying pseudoephedrine less than a week after being placed on the state’s Meth Offender Registry.
    That’s illegal, according to a warrant Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Steinmann filed against him in July.
    The warrant charged Carroll with promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing.
    Steinmann also charged Carroll, 31, with violating the Meth Offender Registry.

  • Donor gets 1st tennis court serve
  • Commission, school board need to be in step on BEP

    County commissions and school boards may argue about a lot of things, but an expert with the County Technical Assistance Service said the state’s Basic Education Program shouldn’t be one of them.
    “That’s something you’ll need to be on the same page on,” Wesley Robertson said. “You may fight about everything else, but how the BEP impacts your county, you’ll need to be walking in lock step on that.”

  • Former DA mum on convicted sex offender’s petition for right to vote

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s decision not to oppose restoration of citizenship rights for convicted sex offender Richard Keith McCarroll hasn’t sparked criticism from his former rival.
    “I’m not going to get in the business of criticizing the current DA,” Scott McCluen said Friday.
    McCluen served as district attorney general from 1998 to 2006. Johnson defeated him in the 2006 election.