Local News

  • Retired assessor worker up for county contract

    Roane County officials are considering contracting with a former employee of the property assessor’s office to assist the Comptroller of the Treasury’s general counsel in appeals pending before the Tennessee Board of Equalization.

    The Roane County Commission meets at 7 p.m. today – Monday – in the courthouse in Kingston. The resolution to contract with the former employee is on the agenda. If commissioners don’t like the idea they can vote it down.  

  • Noisy eateries perplex Kingston leaders

    Kingston City Council members made a lot of noise about noise at their Sept. 4 work session about how to handle complaints against a restaurant that features loud outdoor music.

    The Smokehouse Grill on West Race Street is the focus, although nearby Red Bones Restaurant had also received noise complaints.

    Smokehouse features outdoor music on Friday and Saturday night. Even more problematically, it hosts music on Wednesday, when nearby residents are trying to get ready for school or work early the following day.

  • Sonny’s streak

    George W. Bush was nearing the end of his first term as president of the United States when Sonny Hunter of Kingston began the streak.
    That was June 10, 2004, almost three weeks before Hunter’s 54th  birthday.
    In the eight years and three months since, neither sickness, nor bad weather, nor fatigue has kept Hunter from running at least two miles for more than 3,000 consecutive days.
    And at age 62, the Cal Ripken Jr. of the running world shows no signs of slowing any time soon.

  • Y-12 not the fortress some had hoped for

    Perception that the Y-12 National Security Complex was impenetrable turned out to be just that — perception.
    Three protesters, one of whom was an 82-year-old woman, debunked the notion on July 28 when they made their way through the plant’s vaunted security and gained access to the area surrounding the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility.
    “It’s always been thought to be pretty much impenetrable,” Oak Ridge City Councilwoman Ellen Smith said. “This reduces people’s confidence in the security situation out there.”

  • County wants alerts about Y-12 breaches

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he hopes to be notified about security breaches at the Y-12 National Security Complex in the future. Three protesters made their way into a protected area at the complex during the early morning hours of July 28.
    A special report by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Inspector General called the security breach unprecedented, but Woody and Roane County Office of Emergency Services Director Howie Rose said they learned about the incident through news reports.

  • Man hurt in motorcycle wreck in Kingston

    An accident involving a car and a motorcycle sent a Rockwood man to the hospital Thursday morning.
    Kingston Assistant Police Chief Gary Nelson said Joseph Vought, 63, was riding east on Hwy. 70 when he was struck by a 1989 Honda Prelude. Nelson said Vought landed in the westbound lane after traveling 36 feet through the air.
    Vought, who was wearing a helmet, was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center by ambulance. Nelson said he suffered head and hip injuries.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Riding the wave of short beach vacation

    Labor Day weekend is but a memory now, but for me, it is a good memory.
    On our four-day weekend, Derek and I hit the road to Florida. I lived for a few years on the Atlantic Coast in North Carolina, but had never been to the white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.
    With Hurricane Isaac looming, he and I oscillated between going and staying.
    As the hurricane made landfall to the west, we realized we’d have better weather in Pensacola than East Tennessee.

  • Greenway grant puts focus on Emory River

    Harriman will be expanding its view of the Emory River downtown with the help of a grant.

    The federal monies come through a transportation enhancement grant of $447,776 for one phase of a greenway project that is planned to eventually span from the ballparks at Flour Mill Flats around the Emory River waterfront to the north end of downtown Roane Street.

  • Donation for a good cause


    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss and firefighter Brandon Alcorn accept a $500 check from the South End Safety District of Norfolk Southern. Tim Lynch, left, mechanical supervisor out of the Knoxville yard of the railroad, presented the check.

  • Hooray for Cookes in Harriman

    After decades of performing, Jeanette Cooke still has an appreciation for a lively audience.  
    “I like to see the crowd all perked up,” she said. “It keeps you young.”
    That was the case on Monday for The Singing Cookes performance inside the Princess Theatre in Harriman.
    “The Cookes are friends of our family,” Hooray for Harriman director Randy Ellis said. “We’ve known them for a long time.”