Local News

  • Getting a jump on summer fun


    Cherokee Middle School sixth-grader Gianna Manfredi attempts a long jump during Kingston Parks and Recreation Department’s track and field event for the school at Fort Southwest Point. Events such as flag football and the 100-meter dash were among the activities students enjoyed during the event.

  • Tedder resigns council position

    Harriman City Council’s youngest member has stepped down.

    Chase Tedder, who has been on the City Council for six years, announced his resignation at the end of last month.

    “This spring, I have been blessed with a position as a seasonal law enforcement ranger at Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the history of America,” Tedder wrote in his resignation letter.

  • Kingston leader charged with DUI

    Kingston City Councilman Kevin Blaine McClure was charged with driving under the influence last week.

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office offense narrative said McClure, 44, of 1151 Brentwood Pointe, Kingston, was taken into custody on May 22 on Ladd Wright Road.

    “My hope is it is all a big misunderstanding,” said McClure’s attorney, Tom McFarland.

  • Cellphone video shows man exposing self to youth

    Charles Martin Thornton of 175 Rock Bridge Road, Harriman, was arrested last week for indecent exposure.

    According to the arrest report, a cellphone video showed the 69-year-old Thornton standing on his front porch exposing his genitals to a juvenile neighbor.

    The mother of the juvenile, Angel Jensen, told deputies the video was recorded on May 20.

  • TVA dedicating 9/11 memorial with WTC steel

    The 9/11 memorial at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant will be dedicated during an 11 a.m. ceremony on Tuesday.

    The memorial will be located at the public-access area along the river.

    The memorial will include steel from the World Trade Center.

    A motorcade of police vehicles led the flatbed truck carrying the steel into the plant last August. The ceremony that marked its arrival also featured a 21-gun salute, the playing of taps and “Amazing Grace.”

  • Harriman cashing in on sales of city properties


    Harriman Industrial Development Board member, from left, Chris Ahler and Chairman Bill Alexander present Harriman Mayor Chris Mason with a portion of the wealth the board has acquired through the sale of city properties. The check for $176,211.89 was presented last month. This was a portion of the money that’s been obtained from the sale of buildings including the former Harriman National Guard Armory in north Harriman. Mason said the city had already anticipated the money and budgeted it as revenue in this fiscal year budget.

  • Miffed attorney wants look at sheriff’s emails

    Chris Cawood’s quarrel with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office is not fading away.

    The Kingston attorney said he mailed a lengthy public records request to Sheriff Jack Stockton on May 22.

    That was a day after Cawood stormed out of the office cursing after being informed he couldn’t give an inmate client a piece of mail.

    Cawood’s records request asks to inspect the personnel file of every sheriff’s office employee.

  • Rockwood budget rejected

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts says the $6.56 million city budget he’s prepared for the upcoming fiscal year is balanced and meets all requirements of state law.
    That may be so, but it wasn’t good enough for his fellow city leaders. On Tuesday, they rejected the budget on first reading.
    “We are increasing the property tax rate by a third,” noted Rockwood City Councilman Bill Thompson about the mayor’s proposal. “I’m not ready to pass on first reading.”

  • Miller erupts over proposed job loss

    Outraged Rockwood City Administrator Jack Miller made some heated accusations at a Rockwood City Council meeting Tuesday when Rockwood Mayor James Watts broke a tie vote on whether to amend his proposed budget to include money to finance Miller’s position.
    Later that same day the council failed to pass the proposed budget, however, and a new special-called meeting has been set for Wednesday, May 30, at 2 p.m.

  • Bad-burger caller a no-show

    Donna Marie Nichols, a Roane County woman who gained national attention after she allegedly called 911 over a bad hamburger, was a no-show in General Sessions Court on Monday.
    Nichols, 50, was scheduled to appear on a charge of abuse of the 911 system.
    Rockwood police said Nichols called 911 twice on March 28 to complain about the hamburger she purchased from Hardee’s.