Local News

  • Kingston official part of leadership program

    Kingston City Council member Stephanie Wright was one of close to 30 Tennessee city and county officials who recently attended the Local Government Leadership Program.

    The Program was hosted by the UT Institute for Public Service’s Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership.

    The officials who attended the two-and-a-half-day program in Knoxville were invited by the UT County Technical Assistance Service and the UT Municipal Technical Advisory Service, sister agencies of the Naifeh Center.

  • Siblings close, despite 9-year age difference

    The holidays turned tragic for a Kingston family Wednesday night.

    Brother and sister Teddy and Tara Kalnasy were killed in a car crash on Interstate 40.

    “I can’t think straight right now,” said mother Mary Kalnasy, as she struggled to speak through tears on Thursday.

    The accident happened around 9 p.m. near the 350 Exit in Midtown. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

  • Election workers’ numbers dwindling

    Roane County Election Commission needs a few good men and women — and not to run for office.

    “I need workers,” said assistant administrator Holly Cromwell.

    “They can go on the website and print off an application or they can come in and apply,” she added.

    Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said his office is seeing dwindling numbers.

    “Our average age of workers is about 70 years old. A lot are quitting because of their age and they don’t think they can handle it,” said Holiway.

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  • Woman claims her Fourth Amendment rights violated in vehicular homicide trial

    A woman convicted of vehicular homicide by intoxication is asking for acquittal or a new trial in a motion filed late last month.

    In the motion, defense attorney Wesley Stone contends the state violated Raychell Huckelby’s Fourth Amendment rights by the illegal search and seizure of her Dodge Ram believed to have struck pedestrian Daniel Hester on May 8, 2014.

    He says Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks erred in permitting the evidence, including photographs and a jury viewing of the truck.

  • Don’t leave Fido, Fluffy out in the cold

    The Roane County Animal Shelter wants to remind area pet owners to prepare for the coming cold weather.

    “It is a misconception that cats and dogs can withstand cold temperatures because they have fur. Some large breed dogs are well equipped for the winter months and love to be outdoors while others such as small breed dogs and cats have no tolerance for the cold,” said Stacey McElhaney, director of the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    Shelter staff offers the following helpful tips for animals during this chilly weather:

  • Interceptors to phase out Dodges in sheriff’s fleet

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars are changing.

    The Dodge Chargers that deputies drive now are being phased out in favor of the Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles.

    “Hopefully they’ll hit the road in the next few weeks,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said about the Fords.

    “We’ve got all of our equipment ordered for them and everything.”

    The sheriff’s office has six of the new Fords, so some of the Chargers will remain on the road until more Fords are acquired to replace them.

  • Shooting death investigation underway in Harriman

    Harriman Police are investigating a shooting at 225 Harding Street that happened this morning, Saturday, Dec. 30.

    At this time Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico is not releasing the name of the victim until the next of kin is notified.

    "We have one decedent, a white male approximately 30 years old, who was shot at least one time with an unknown caliber weapon and who obviously died from those injuries," Pacifico said.

  • Best pleads guilty to robbing Knox bank

    Christopher Wayne Best, a 30-year-old Harriman man, pleaded guilty earlier this month to one count of bank robbery.

    The maximum punishment for the conviction is 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

    Best is scheduled to be sentenced on April 12 by Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan.

    The robbery took place on Oct. 23 at the Regions Bank at 7320 Chapman Hwy., Knoxville. Best signed a plea agreement that explains what happened.