Local News

  • Kingston woman charged in rape of child

    Elizabeth Ashley Crisp, a 33-year-old Kingston woman, is accused of child rape.
    The Roane County grand jury indicted her on June 17.
    She was arrested on June 28.
    According to the indictment, the male victim was younger than 13 years old.
    The alleged crime occurred late last year.
    Crisp also faces a theft charge in Roane County General Sessions Court.
    The rape charge was filed in criminal court.
    Donnie Joe Golden, a 35-year-old Oakdale man, is charged with aggravated sexual battery and child rape.

  • Giving voice to Kylie

    Kylie Hurst smiles at the two girls at the playground, using American Sign Language to say “baby girl.”
    Her grandmother, Kim Ezell, sees this often as the 2-year-old, who has been deaf since birth, enthusiastically approaches children who do not know what to make of her silence.

    “She’ll run up to these children and she’ll move that mouth 90 miles per hour and nothing will come out. They just look at her and walk off. It is sad, because she doesn’t realize they can’t hear her,” Kim Ezell said.

  • Oakdale men indicted in Roane County burglary

    Two men arrested last October for a Sept. 28, 2012, burglary and robbery at a Roane State Hwy. apartment have now been indicted.
    Gordon Wesley Gillespie, 23, and Sean Thomas Eken, 24, both of Oakdale, were indicted on one count of aggravated robbery, theft of property and aggravated burglary.
    Original police reports said an officer was dispatched to Roane State Highway where Bryan Strand was lying in the bed when two men broke into the apartment.

  • Yager paves way for state capitol documentary

    It has endured an army occupation, the interment of two of its founding fathers, and a car cruising through its hallways.
    The Tennessee State Capitol building has many great stories to tell — and some of those stories were revealed in a documentary about the building that premiered last week.
    The project is a result of the Tennessee General Assembly’s approval of Public Chapter No. 557, sponsored by state Rep Jim Coley and state Sen. Ken Yager.

  • Kingston fireworks postponed until July 13

    Kingston fireworks have been postponed until Saturday, July 13.

    Though attempts were made to have other events, such as the raft race and watermelon-eating contest, torrential Fourth of July rains forced those to also be postponed until July 13.

    Boat races have to finish today, said Joyce Lewis, executive assistant with the Kingston City Manage's Office.

    "Will try to happen on schedule, but may happen when any breaks in rain occur," she said. "Water needs to be as calm as possible for them to race."

  • Kingston's Wednesday parade canceled; fireworks decision to be made Thursday morning

    Wednesday night's Fourth of July parade in Kingston has been canceled due to rain.

    According to Kingston officials, a decision on the Fourth of July fireworks display will be made at a 7 a.m. meeting Thursday.

  • Firework stands stocked for the fourth
  • County continues to fund nonprofits

    In addition to the budget, the Roane County Commission will also be voting on a resolution allocating $137,850 to nonprofits for the 2013-14 fiscal year. 
    “It’s a drop in the bucket compared to the whole budget,” Commissioner Bobby Collier said. “It’s something we’ve been doing for years.”

  • Justice remembers loss to Cooley

    Sharon Lee still has vivid memories of coming to Roane County to try a case as a young lawyer many years ago.
    “Polk Cooley was on the other side,” she recalled. “Anybody want to guess how that case turned out for me?
    “He beat me like a drum.”

    Despite her loss to Rockwood’s legendary attorney, things still worked out well for Lee.
    The Madisonville native was appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2008, and she remains a justice on the state’s high court today.

  • Butler ready for disciplinary hearing

    Harriman attorney Donice Butler said she’s ready to defend herself against the allegations that she wronged clients.
    That chance could come this month.
    “I’ve never been afraid of facing my accusers,” she said.
    The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, which oversees the conduct of attorneys, filed a petition for discipline against Butler in May 2012 after some of her former clients accused her of wrongdoing.