Local News

  • Flu, cold and other woes

    Roane County School officials are hopeful that the worst has passed with regards to the flu and other illnesses keeping many students, faculty and staff home.

    Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said they have been watching the issue and saw a reduction in absences on Thursday compared to earlier in the week and was hopeful Friday would see numbers continue to drop.

    “I’m really hopeful we’ve turned a corner,“ Watkins said.

  • Harriman police catch thieves taking mower at Lowe’s

    Harriman police arrested two suspects accused of stealing a mower at the Harriman Lowe’s on Thursday, Jan. 25, and returning to the scene of the crime to attempt another theft the following day.

    Anthony Denton Beets, 45, Friendsville, and Charles Edwards Wilburn, 28, Alcoa, are both charged with two counts of theft of property $1,000 to $9,999, possession of burglary tools and vandalism. In addition, Beets is also charged with violation of the registration law, driving on a suspended or revoked license and financial responsibility.

  • Better days in store for pup

    Brownie needs your help.

    Brownie is a sweet 8-year-old dog that has had a rough life, and needs the people of Roane County to aid in his rescue.

    He was surrendered at the Roane County Animal Shelter in Rockwood, and on his evaluation, they noticed that he was favoring his right back leg.

    Upon further examination, with the aid of x-rays they discovered he had major damage in the leg, possibly from a shotgun blast.

    “We found buckshot on the x-rays,” said county animal control officer Kristy Cannon.

  • Singleton to return to KPD

    Kingston Police Sgt. Jerry Singleton has returned to work.

    Police Chief Jim Washam said Singleton worked one day last month and was scheduled to work another shift on Sunday.

    Singleton was out for several months after he was injured on the job last summer.

    He conducted a traffic stop on Henry Nicholas Brown, who was pulling a car hauler with a truck.

    Brown is accused of striking Singleton with the car hauler when he drove away.

  • Go back in time as street character at Tennessee Medieval Faire

    The Tennessee Medieval Faire is holding open auditions to be in the fourth annual Tennessee Medieval Faire, which will open again this May.

    For those interested in participating as street characters, open auditions are Saturday, Feb. 10, 17 and 24, from 2-5 p.m. at 125 Barrie Lane, Kingston.

    Auditioners are asked to come prepared to demonstrate their talents, for example: sing, play an instrument, tell a story in character, dance, and participate improvisational games. Adults (ages 18+) are preferred.

  • I-40 work scheduled

    Drivers may find temporary lane closures for roadway maintenance work between mile markers 344 and 341 of I-40 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Monday, Feb. 5 and continuing until Friday, Feb. 9.

    Motorists should be alert for workers, slow traffic, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area.

  • Probation company revenue down for second year

    The money Community Probation Services made in Roane County was down for the second year in a row.

    In a letter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody dated Jan. 3, Owner/CEO Jay Colton reported gross revenue in 2017 of $134,765.51.

    In 2016 the company reported gross revenue of $160,340.01.

    In 2015, the company reported gross revenue of $211,224.98.

    The contract requires CPS to pay Roane County 5 percent of its gross revenue. In 2017, that amounted to $6,738.28. Woody said the county has already received the check.

  • Road widening of Hwy. 62 to Oliver Springs scheduled

    There is a light at the end of the tunnel for those wishing to see Hwy. 62 widened from near Petit Lane in Morgan County to the junction with Hwy. 61 in Oliver Springs, as a status report released last week from the Tennessee Department of Transportation lists the project in the early stages of development.

    “I’m tickled that it’s on the books,” Morgan County Executive Don Edwards said.

  • Harriman starts repairs at dock

    Workers have begun the replacement of steps and a landing at the dock at David Webb Riverfront Park in Harriman.

    “We are repairing the stairs but also making the landing at the top of the bank bigger than before,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

    Smoky Mountain Deck Builders is doing the repairs, and Helms said they estimated it would be done in the next two weeks, weather permitting.

  • Yager attacks frivolous suits, bounty hunters

    People who file frivolous lawsuits could find themselves on a registry if state Sen. Ken Yager gets his way.

    Yager, R-Kingston, is the sponsor of Senate Bill 1601, which takes aim at those who use the court system to badger others.