Local News

  • United Way touches lives of all Roane Countians

    Most Roane Countians likely don’t realize it, but every day they count on services funded by their local United Way.
    Whether it’s volunteer firemen responding to a house fire, the rescue squad rushing to the scene of a traffic accident or a student getting financial assistance to pay for college classes, funding from the Roane County United Way helped provide the resources.
    “Every Roane County citizen is served by the United Way,” said Terry Futrell, vice chairman of the board.

  • Roofer’s legal woes not over, charges pending

    Problems continue to mount for roofer Joshua Lee Miles. He has criminal charges pending against him in Roane County General Sessions Court for theft and passing a bad check.
    A civil action was also brought against Miles, 39, in sessions court for an unrelated matter. The plaintiff in the civil case – Jearl Borum – received a judgement of $5,350 against him for a roofing job.
    Miles was unavailable for comment, according to his mother, Vivian Miles.

  • Plaintiffs beat TVA

    A federal judge has ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and against TVA in litigation over the ash spill that occurred at the Kingston Fossil Plant.
    “Specific nondiscretionary conduct on the part of TVA caused the failure of the coal ash containment dike at TVA’s KIF (Kingston Fossil Plant) on Dec. 22, 2008, and that, but for the nondiscretionary conduct described above, the dike failure would not have occurred,” U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan determined.

  • New city hall a dream come true

    Several onlookers remarked that it was “a good day for the city.”
    Longtime City Councilman Don White called it “all my dreams come true, right here,” adding that “we’ve got everything we need in place now.”
    And Mayor Troy Beets grandly pronounced it “a very historic day in Kingston.”
    They were all referring to the Aug. 21 closing on the Kingston Medical Plaza in Ladd Landing, soon to be transformed into Kingston’s new City Hall.

  • McClure DUI court date put off again

    The appearance of Kingston City Councilman Kevin McClure on a DUI charge in Roane County General Sessions Court has been rescheduled again, this time to Monday, Aug. 27, at 9 a.m.
    He was originally set to appear June 11, but that was rescheduled to Monday, Aug. 20.
    His attorney, Tom McFarland, was not reached for comment by press time.
    The general sessions affidavit said McClure was found unresponsive in the driver’s seat of his vehicle in the middle of Ladd Wright Road on May 22.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Morning darkness a good time to reflect

    It’s that time of year again when, as the days grow shorter, it is easy to wake before dawn. Today I have.
    I used to hate those mornings in my pre-coffee days. Now, staring into a mug of darkness as black as the scene outside my windows, I’m more reflective. I sip, and I think.
    This morning, I’m listening to James Taylor’s Carolina in My Mind, an old standby; a love song for a place.
    Taylor is a kind soul, and his gentle voice leaves me wistful but not sad.

  • Lawsuit over Ruby Tuesday’s mowing filed

    A property squabble with Ruby Tuesday in Harriman is now in the courts.

    Former attorney Gerald Largen has been going back and forth with Ruby Tuesday over the property he owns between the restaurant chain and Hwy. 27. He’s suing the corporation for $250,000.

  • Gala aids Roane treasure

    The Roane County Heritage Commission will hold its ninth gala in honor of the historic Roane County Courthouse on Saturday, Sept. 22.

    According to Mary B. Hines, chairman of the gala committee, a social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the building in the center of Kingston with the program at 8 p.m. in our newly renovated courtroom.  

    A silent auction will include such items as a stays at regional hotels, tickets to local attractions, gift certificates to area restaurants and businesses, art pieces and collectibles.  

  • Armor-plated possums? Not quite

    While accompanying her father to a doctor’s appointment this summer, Annie Boyer of Oak Ridge spotted what she thought was a dead armadillo near the Midtown exit of Interstate 40.
    Her husband thought she was imagining things.
    “We just had a good laugh about it,” Boyer said. “But I know I saw what I saw. So I said I’m going back to take a picture of it.”

  • Autism can’t stop Amazing Jake

    Around Bowers Elementary School in Harriman, fourth-grader Jake Wray is known as “The Mayor.”
    The 9-year-old makes friends everywhere he goes and even has his own Facebook page, GetJakeWray1millionfans, which he has used to make friends from all over the world, including Russia, India and Germany.
    His sense of connection, including 785 Facebook fans, is  all the more remarkable considering he has autism, a disorder that stymies communication and social interaction