Local News

  • Two arrested in Bluff Road holdup

    Two people were arrested on Monday in connection with an alleged armed robbery over the weekend.
    According to a press release from the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, a man walked into the Rocky Top Market on Bluff Road, pointed a handgun at clerks and demanded money.
    The press release listed Mark Andrew Randolph, 35, and Rufena Jean Bunch as suspects.
    Randolph is charged with aggravated armed robbery and possession of drugs.
    Bunch, 26, is charged with possession of drugs.

  • Truck-part maker fined by TDEC

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation fined DAYCAB Co. Inc. $2,825 last month. The Rockwood company makes commercial truck parts.
    The fine was for failure to apply for proper environmental permits and for damages TDEC incurred during its investigation.
    TDEC officials  conducted an inspection in October 2012. They said spray booths, a lamination area, grinding and other equipment were operating without construction and operating permits.

  • McCarroll vote still up in air

    If convicted sex offender Richard Keith McCarroll is allowed to vote, Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said his office can’t make McCarroll mail in his ballot.
    “If he wants to vote personally, he’ll be able to vote personally,” Holiway said.
    Kingston attorney Chris Cawood is representing McCarroll in his effort to regain the right to vote. Cawood sees no reason why McCarroll should have to mail in his ballot, even though some voters take their children to the polls.

  • Good pumpkin hunting
  • Comments sought on debt form

    The Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, through its Office of State and Local Finance, is seeking comment on revisions to a form that a local government is required to complete when it borrows money.
    The proposed revisions to the form CT-0253 can be viewed online at: http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/sl/pubdebt.asp
    The comment period will last from Oct. 1 through Nov. 15.

  • Unstopping Kingston’s biggest bottleneck

    Progression Electric added just another piece to the puzzle at the intersection of Kentucky Street and Race streets (Hwys. 50 and 70) with the addition of a new traffic light system. For now, work on repaving, traffic signals and the addition of a turning lane has made the intersection more congested than normal. Eventually, however, state highway officials hope the improvements will ease traffic bottlenecks. The problems are especially apparent on weekday afternoons, when work and school lets out.

  • New mantra: Community with best schools wins

    The goal of Roane County Schools Education Foundation’s members is to create partnerships to support academics in Roane County with money and resources.

    The new foundation is having a kickoff on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. at The Roane Alliance Building.

    The public is invited.

    The foundation will raise funds through grants, private and in-kind donations to support academics in a time when funding avenues are drying up elsewhere.

  • Culbertson helped sink ship that fired 1st U.S. war shot

    Hoke Culbertson of Kingston was on the U.S. Navy’s U.S.S. O’Brien with Capt. W.W. Outerbridge.
    Outerbridge was commander of U.S.S. Ward, which fired the first shot in the Pacific of World War II.
    Later, Culbertson was on the O’Brien when the men were forced to sink the damaged Ward during the Leyte operation, Ormoc Bay landing in 1944.
    “Ormoc Bay is where we sunk the Ward,” Culbertson said. “We scuttled it. It was hit by kamikaze.”


    Rockwood’s Jake Jackson traveled across Europe in the U.S. Army during World War II.
    He’s seen a lot, including a group of weary travelers walking a road toward a nearby town.
    He said it looked like they were wearing and holding everything they owned.
    Certain they were victims of a concentration camp, their image sticks with Jackson to this day.
    “To me, it looked like skin was just stretched over some bones,” he said.
    “They were the most pathetic group of people I ever seen.”