Local News

  • Oliver Springs house fire


    Firefighters responded to a house fire at 5214 Harriman Hwy. Monday afternoon. No injuries were reported. A caller told dispatchers that flames could be seen coming from the home. According to Tennessee real estate records, the owner of the property is Samuel Price.

  • DUI prosecution set back

    A decision issued by the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday could have major ramifications in drunk-driving cases across Tennessee.

    “We’re looking at it,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    “We’re talking to the people in Nashville that run the DUI programs about what the response is going to be, but clearly, no more forced blood draws.”

    The case — Missouri v. McNeely — involved a man who was stopped by a police officer for speeding and crossing the road’s centerline.

  • Purloined tenderloin case ends with plea

    A woman accused of stealing $206.89 worth of filet mignon by hiding it in her pantyhose pleaded guilty to shoplifting in Roane County General Sessions Court on Monday.

    Annie Smith, 60, was sentenced to probation for a year and fined $100. Smith must also pay $206.89 in restitution and is banned from the Rockwood IGA.

    Randy Harris, Smith’s co-defendant in the case, was also scheduled to appear on Monday, but court officials said he was a no-show.

    The theft occurred at IGA on March 9 and was captured by the store’s security camera.

  • Avoid Kingston levee on Sunday

    TVA has once again scheduled lane closures for core-drilling work to assess the health of the Kingston dike.

    A news release from TVA said one lane of U.S. 70 in Kingston at the Kingston dike will be closed 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 21.

    Flaggers will be directing traffic.

    TVA announced earlier this year they would be doing core drilling at all 49 of their dams and dikes to evaluate the health of the structures.

  • Robot team needs money

    The Roane County High School FIRST Robotics team is working down to the wire to raise funds to defray the cost of attending the world championship in St. Louis.

    Students still have several thousand dollars to raise and ask that people consider donating by going to www.fundraise.com/tn-first-robotics/roane-county-high-school-robotics-team.

    According to the team’s fundraising website, they have raised only $1,530 of their $5,000 goal as of Thursday morning.

    The website said the team needs $11,000 to go.

  • Carmen Van Horn new VISTA member

    Carmen Van Horn of Kingston recently became an AmeriCorps VISTA member.

    Van Horn will serve as the VISTA veterans coordinator for Roane County and a Roane County United Way intern coordinating the Earned Income Tax Credit and Roane Alliance for Financial Independence programs.

    “We are honored to have Carmen serving with us over the next year,” said Amy Harmon, United Way executive director.

    “Her enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to serving others are an inspiration to others.”

  • The power of the Stump Cross


  • Quirky crime: Woman snoring in Rockwood men’s bathroom

    A woman was found asleep on a toilet in the men’s bathroom at Rockwood Hardee’s on April 10.

    Courtney Renae Nietzsche, 27, was charged with public intoxication and criminal impersonation in the incident.

    The restaurant contacted police at 12:10 p.m. about a female snoring in the men’s bathroom.  

  • Did you know?

    ... that famed naturalist and author John Muir passed through Kingston on Sept. 12, 1867, on his legendary walk to the Gulf of Mexico? He wrote about it:
    “Awoke drenched with mountain mist, which made a grand show, as it moved away before the hot sun. Passed Montgomery, a shabby village at the head of the east slope of the Cumberland Mountains. Obtained breakfast in a clean house and began the descent of the mountains. Obtained fine views of a wide, open country, and distant flanking ridges and spurs.

  • Rattled in Boston

    Local runner Tara Stockton was more focused on enjoying the Boston Marathon than finishing the race in a certain time.

    “I literally was just soaking all of it in,” she said.

    That turned out to be a good thing for the Harriman resident.
    On Monday, two bombs exploded near the finish line at the 4-hour, 9-minute mark of the marathon.

    At least three people were killed and more than 170 people wounded at the scene of carnage.