Local News

  • Kingston among first in state to ramp it up for wheelchair-bound kayakers

    Kingston has installed one of the first wheelchair accessible kayak launch ramps in Tennessee.

    The ramp, which is located between the Race Street and Interstate 40 bridges over the Clinch River, allows easier access to the water for kayakers that use a wheelchair or have physical challenges.

    “The city came up with the idea. We have wanted one for some time,” said Rick Ross, Kingston Parks and Recreation Department director.

  • Road name a tribute to Henry’s son

    One of the people most near and dear to Jim Henry’s heart was his son, the late John Henry.

    Last year the Roane County Commission passed a resolution naming a stretch of Lawnville Road in John’s honor.

    The road sign was unveiled on Monday, which was Jim Henry Day in Roane County.

    “We’re honored to do this for John Henry,” Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said. “He was a very special young man.”

    The stretch of road named in John’s honor runs in front of the Henry property.

  • ‘No better place than this one’

    By Damon Lawrence and Hugh Willett

    Jim Henry had never heard the cannon fire at Fort Southwest Point.

    On Monday, he not only got to hear it, but he also got to fire it.

    That was just one of many honors accorded to Henry on Jim Henry Day.

    “I just want to thank all of you for coming out,” Henry told the crowd at the fort.

    That was one of numerous events held throughout the day for Henry.

  • Harriman Middle student hurt in trail bike crash

    A Harriman youth was injured Thursday evening when the Moto D50 trail bike she was riding was struck by a car at the intersection of Renfro Road and White Road in Harriman.

    Loretta Ketterer, 12, was airlifted to the University of Tennessee trauma center and then transferred to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

    “She will be out of commission for some time, but the great news is that there was no head, neck or back trauma and no serious internal injuries. My little Supergirl is going to be OK,” mother Charlotte Hayes Ketterer said.

  • TVA schools teachers about South’s native plants

    Several dozen elementary and high school science teachers from Tennessee and nearby states attended TVA’s “plant camp” last week at Camp John Knox on Watts Bar Lake.

    For the past three years TVA has been conducting the educational program for teachers.

    The two-and-a-half-day experience involved learning about native and non-native plants that inhabit the Southeast

    John Byrd, a researcher with Mississippi State provided a history of how invasive plants were transported to North America over centuries of colonization.

  • Followers of God’s Word eyeing city-owned building

    A vacant city-owned building may get new life as a house of God.

    Followers of God’s Word Church members sought out the property for their ministry.

    “We are looking for a church home,” said Bro. Joseph Key.

    Harriman City Council will discuss a lease agreement with church members for the Woody Street building that was once used for some law-enforcement operations.

    Discussion will take place during the Council meeting starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

  • It’s Jim Henry Day in Roane

    Numerous events are planned for Jim Henry Day, which is today – Monday.

    Henry, a former mayor of Kingston currently serving as chief of staff for Gov. Bill Haslam, is being honored for his dedication to the county, state and country.

    One of the events planned for today is a celebration luncheon at Roane State at 11 a.m. A $50 donation payable to the Roane County Heritage Commission is suggested.

    “I think we’re expecting about 300 people for the luncheon,” said Ron Berry, chairman of the Roane County Commission.

  • Judge recuses self from Ahler, Scarborough land suit

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton has recused himself from a lawsuit over a land dispute between Dr. Julian Ahler and blogger Steve Scarborough.

    “The court knows the individual parties and most all, if not all, of the witnesses,” Pemberton said in his order of recusal. “That, in and of itself, is both not unusual nor a grounds for recusal. However, the court is also very familiar with the land and area that is the subject of this lawsuit.”

  • Violation charge against RCHS teacher dismissed

    Prosecutors agreed to dismiss a charge against Roane County High School teacher John Plemens last week.

    Plemens was arrested in May, accused of violating an order of protection that Garvin Morris took out on him.

    “Mr. Morris showed officers on his cellphone where he had two missed calls from Mr. Plemens on May 2 at 6:18 p.m.,” the warrant said. “Officers confirmed through the clerk’s office that Mr. Morris did have an order of protection on Mr. Plemens and Mr. Plemens was to have no contact with Mr. Morris.”