Local News

  • Kingston woman killed in ATV crash

    A Kingston woman died from injuries she sustained in a weekend four-wheeling crash.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Donna Pierce was riding on a trail east of Kingston around 12:30 p.m. Sunday when her all-terrain vehicle went into a deep rut, bottomed out and turned over on top of her.

    “She was riding with another girl,” the sheriff said, adding that the other girl “had minor injuries, scrapes.”

    Pierce was airlifted to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, where she died later that day.

  • Haunted-house clown cleared of sex charge

    Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Terry Stevens on Monday dismissed without prejudice the sexual battery charge against a man accused of groping women at a haunted house in Harriman last year.

    Larry Davis, 30, who was working as a clown at the Haunted Hospital sponsored by the Harriman Fire Department on Oct. 29, had been charged with sexual battery and public intoxication after the alleged victim accused him of groping her and her granddaughter.

  • West Tenn. pair face drug, child endangerment charges

    A West Tennessee man and woman are facing drug and child endangerment charges after an encounter with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

    William Harold Alexander, 42, and Latonya Lashay Alexander, 38, are charged with possession of schedule II drugs for transport, aggravated child endangerment, possession of a firearm while committing a dangerous felony, simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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  • Toho Chamber’s Business of the Year

    Business leaders, elected officials and special guests packed the dining room of Whitestone Country Inn Friday night for the 70th annual Roane County Chamber of Commerce and The Roane Alliance awards banquet.

    Title sponsors of the event included Roane State Foundation and Toho Tenax America Inc.

    Gold sponsors included Coldwell Banker, Jim Henry and Associates, Centrus Energy, CNS Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC, Regions, UCOR and UT Battelle/ORNL.

  • RCHS band plans special community movie event

    The Princess Theatre in Harriman will be busy Saturday.

    Three movies will be shown to benefit the Roane County High School band.

    “I’m excited about this,” band director Zack Williamson said. “Our parents came up with this as a way to raise funds. They went through Roane State and were able to get the movies.

    Movies to be shown are “Minions” at 12:30 p.m., “War Room” at 4 p.m., and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens at 7:30 p.m.

  • Crowe appointment still questioned

    For the second time in as many months, Cecil Crowe was chosen as mayor of Oliver Springs and the election is being questioned.

    By a roll call vote, Crowe was elected mayor by the Oliver Springs Board of Mayor and Aldermen Thursday, filling a vacancy left when former Mayor Jerry Vann abruptly resigned in February.

    Crowe was first elected by paper ballot March 17, but as the ballots were unsigned, questions were raised about the process’ legality and possible violation of the state’s Sunshine Law.

  • Sheriff asks for more deputies, raises for staff

    Following his March 9 examination of the Roane County Jail, Tennessee Corrections Institute inspector William R. Kane recommended the county contact Jim Hart to conduct a staffing analysis to determine the number of employees needed to operate the jail.   

    The county has already done that. In 2008, when the jail was still under construction, Hart, a jail consultant with the University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service, did an analysis and concluded an additional 23 employees needed to be hired to operate the jail.

  • Jail hopes program can help prisoners change

    Many may see prison as an ending, but Lt. Maretta McNichol of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office is working hard to make sure it better serves as a beginning.

    McNichol, who has been with the RCSO for eight years, is director of the Roane County Detention Center’s studies programs. Almost two dozen classes offer incarcerated women and men opportunities to better themselves and their situations.