Local News

  • Harriman man charged with child rape

    A Harriman man is in custody at the Roane County Jail charged with rape of a child.
    John P. Little, 36, was taken into custody Sunday, Sept. 9.
    His bond is $75,000, and he has an initial court date of Sept. 24.
    Harriman Police records said the complaintant said her 9-year-old daughter had been sexually assaulted by Little.
    The family was referred to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Knoxville, for a forensic physical exam.

  • Riverboat dock may be safety issue

    Though the fate of the old Watts Bar Belle Riverboat dock is still uncertain, chances are good its component parts will be integrated into the new dock being constructed at Ladd Park.
    Kingston Council members considered the dock at the Sept. 4 council work session.
    The Watts Bar Belle Riverboat was a dinner-on-the-river enterprise that closed and left town due to financial problems.
    It left in its wake a walking dock built for riverboat customers to come on board.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Writer gives perfect day what it deserves

    I hope you didn’t miss it.
    It was a perfect day.
    At sunrise, the temperature was somewhere in the mid-50s,
    As I went out for breakfast in Chattanooga with a delightful group of people, a light jacket was a necessary part of my wardrobe.
    Later, with just a few clouds in the sky and little humidity, the sunlight took on that clear, special quality you don’t often see in the often hazy Tennessee Valley.

  • Pizza craving leads to Lawnville crash


    Emergency responders deal with a single-vehicle accident at Lawnville Road Wednesday afternoon. Christopher A. Gilmore, 18, was involved in the rollover wreck around 4 p.m. Kingston police said Gilmore was eating while driving. He reached for a piece of pizza, the accident report said. “He ran off the roadway, and it (the minivan) rolled a few times and came to rest next to a light pole.” Gilmore was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville by ambulance.

  • Board seeks deal with Santek

    The Roane County Industrial Development Board voted unanimously to move forward with a proposal that could bring another industry to Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, said Gerry Eastman of DEKD is considering building a facility in the park and leasing it to Santek. The waste management company is headquartered in Cleveland, Tenn.  

  • Restaurant sues Kingston, excavator

    The owners of Kittrell’s Kitchen are suing the city of Kingston and a Crossville excavating company.

    Knoxville attorney James K. Scott filed the lawsuit on behalf of Gregory and Annette Kittrell in Roane County Circuit Court.  

    Kittrell’s Kitchen is at 1190 Gallaher Road. The lawsuit alleges that the city selected Norris Brothers Excavating LLC “to temporarily take and work” on the Kittrells’ property.

  • Councilman’s blood-alcohol high

    A new court date has not been set for Kingston City Councilman Kevin McClure for his driving under the influence arrest on May 22.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton said McClure had a blood-alcohol level of .21. The legal limit is .08.
    “That came straight from the officer,” Stockton said Monday afternoon.
    McClure’s original Roane County General Sessions court date was Monday, Aug. 20, reset to Monday, Aug. 27.
    His attorney, Tom McFarland, was not reached for comment by press time.

  • Silence in video in resigned cop case

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton released video taken from the patrol car of the deputy who arrested Rockwood Fire Department Capt. David Mitchell on Aug. 26.
    The District Attorney General’s Office chose not to prosecute Mitchell for obstruction of justice and resisting arrest after Deputy Derek Kennedy resigned.
    According to a report Kennedy filed, Mitchell asked dispatch to send a wrecker service after his granddaughter Miranda wrecked a BMW in the Buttermilk Road area.

  • County lets Morgan do own job

    The Roane County Commission voted 13-0 to withdraw a resolution that called for the county to contract with a former employee of the property assessor’s office.
    County Executive Ron Woody filed the resolution at the request of the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office. The former employee under consideration was Melvin Moore, who the resolution said retired.

  • ‘Santek Project’ needs more info

    The Roane County Industrial Development Board has a special-called meeting today — Wednesday — to discuss the “Santek Project.”
    Santek is a solid waste management company headquartered in Cleveland, Tenn.
    Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, said Santek is considering a site in the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.