Local News

  • Polk Salad fest is back

    The green leaves of poke salad sustained many a country family through the lingering chill of early spring.

    “My mother-in-law, that was her saying,” said Diane Sutton. “She said, ‘If you could live until poke came up you could make it another year.’”

    Sutton admitted she didn’t realize until years later that poke and other spring plants were a relief for hungry families fearing a prolonged winter and shortage of food.

  • Six charged after police check house

    Six people were arrested on drug charges after Rockwood Police went to a house at 5542 Roane State Hwy.

    “We got information there was a (meth) lab there,” said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright.

    Officer Brandon Smith, with assistance from Sgt. Jason Haliburton and officers Rick Thomas and Kendal Mitchell, went to the house where they discovered what they believed to be lab components of a one-pot method of making methamphetamine.

    Roane County Sheriff Office deputies John Mayes and Mark Steinmann responded as meth lab technicians to help dispose of the material.

  • Neal to run for Kingston mayor

    Kingston Vice Mayor Tim Neal has decided to throw in his hat for a higher office.

    He plans to compete against incumbent Kingston Mayor Troy Beets.

    “It is time for me to run for mayor,” Neal said.

    He had nothing bad to say about his opponent.

    “Troy has done a good job. It is just time for a change. I feel like we need more stuff for the public,” said Neal.

    The lifelong resident of Kingston would like to see more waterfront development, including more pavilions like the one at Kingston City Park.

  • New hearing on Pemberton residency case

    The judge assigned to the Mike Pemberton candidacy case will hold a hearing in Roane County Chancery Court on Thursday at 9:30 a.m., according to Clerk and Master Shannon Conley.

    Pemberton faces Tom McFarland in the race for circuit court judge of the 9th Judicial District, which consists of Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.

    Chattanooga attorney Wes Kliner filed a complaint last month on behalf of Kingston resident Willis Hall, contesting the Roane County Election Commission’s decision to put Pemberton on the ballot.

  • County budget vote after election

    It looks like a vote on the 2014-15 county budget won’t happen until after the Aug. 7 election.

    A big portion of the spending plan is the school budget.

    The Roane County Board of Education is scheduled to meet on Thursday at 7 p.m.

    Chairman Everett Massengill said he had the school’s proposed 2014-15 budget removed from the agenda.

    “It will probably be next month before we pass it,” he said.

    Early voting for the election starts on July 18. The school board usually meets the third Thursday of the month.

  • Garbage-to-energy proposal dies

    Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry and County Executive Ron Woody said a company that planned to turn garbage into electricity is no longer seeking a site in the Plateau Partnership Park.

    The park is a joint venture between Roane, Cumberland and Morgan counties.

    Alternative Engineering Solutions LLC met with officials from the three counties at Roane State Community College on May 28.

    “I guess the next day or so, they chose not to enter into any negotiations with that Plateau board,” Woody said.

  • Youths participate in triathlon

    Jackson Saunders, 11, crosses the finish line with Marisa Kline, 11, close behind at the Kingston Parks and Recreation Kids Triathlon Saturday. Children 8 to 12 years of age were able to participate in the event for Roane County. The 8-10 age group swam 50 meters, biked one mile and ran half a mile.  The 11-12 age group swam 75 meters, biked 1.5 miles and ran a mile.

  • Lawyer: Nails placed in front of office

    Harriman police responded to a complaint Monday that someone dropped nails on the road in front of attorney Donice Butler’s Morgan Avenue office. 

    Butler said it’s the second such incident in the past month. 

  • TWRA fishing rodeo

    Christan Wieczorek, 12, enjoys the summer day while fishing during Tennessee Wildlife Resources annual in the Youth Outdoor Adventure fishing rodeo at Kingston City Park Saturday. The free children’s event included awards  for biggest fish by weight. While this is the third year for the event, the name was changed. A variety of outdoor vendors attended to show children other fresh-air sports. “What we are trying to do is get kids excited about nontraditional outdoor activities,” said Brad Daugherty, a TWRA wildlife officer.  

  • Barriers, lights sought at fatal crossing

    The site of a tragic train and car collision last month is getting looked at by state officials.

    The Mountain View Road railroad crossing north of Harriman hasn’t been a priority location for barriers and lights.

    But that changed after the May 30 vehicle-train collision that killed Jadah Gallaher and Rod Drummond and seriously injured Jadah’s brother, Darius, and family friend, Hunter Crass.