Local News

  • VW parts center not yet ready for main jobs push

    When are the jobs coming?
    That’s what Bob Kite, a member of Roane County Industrial Development Board, recently wanted to know about Volkswagen’s new Southeastern Regional Distribution Center. 
    “When you’re full PDC (parts distribution center) how many people do you expect to employ?” Kite asked.
    “I don’t necessarily want to be quoted as saying any particular number,” said John Kutz, senior manager of the facility. “Anywhere from, probably, 20 to 50 people.”

  • Midtown wreck driver cited

    Trooper Gary Snow said James Britton, the driver who allegedly caused a chain-reaction crash in Midtown on May 3, was cited for failure to exercise due care. The wreck was at the intersection of Roane State Highway and Ruritan Road.

    According to police reports, two SUVs were stopped at the traffic light when Britton’s pickup crashed into the back of a TrailBlazer.
    Snow identified the SUV drivers as John F. Rinke and Andrea L. Lawson.

  • New charge lodged against Leon Houston

    A superseding indictment was filed against Leon Houston in U.S. District Court on Tuesday.
    The superseding indictment replaces the one filed against Houston in January. 
    In addition to the original charge of possessing firearms while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance, he’s now also charged with use of a telephone to threaten an individual.
    Houston has been in custody at the Blount County Jail in Maryville since January. The alleged threat occurred on Feb. 10.

  • Watergate era was journalism at its finest

    First Amendment Center
    Forty years ago this week, The Washington Post — and its self-described “young and hard-digging reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein” — took home a Pulitzer Prize for public service for coverage of the Watergate scandal.
    Other winners in journalism that year included the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times and Knight Newspapers, and entries from several local newspapers   — all part of what we today would call “mainstream media.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Is NRA endangering Second Amendment?

    Two things have prompted us to return to the topic of the Second Amendment to the Constitution.
    The first was a recent PBS programme “Need to Know,” wherein three college professors, and self-identified experts, expounded upon the meaning of the Amendment, erroneously, in our opinion.
    The second was the recent national convention of the National Rifle Association.

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  • SOAKED: Almost 4 inches of rainfall recorded

    Rain from the past weekend did more than dampen a few spirits and cancel outdoor activities.
    Weather watchers recorded almost 4 inches of rain in Roane County over the period that saw almost steady showers for about 48 hours.
    “As of yesterday morning, they had 3.9 inches at the [Kingston TVA] Fossil Plant,” said David Gaffin, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Morristown.
    “At Rockwood, they had 3.81 inches,” he said. “We had another place in Kingston that had 3.77 inches.”

  • Rock slide closes lane of interstate

    Traffic was again flowing steadily in both lanes of Interstate 40 on Tuesday after state road crews worked through Monday to clear debris from a rock slide in West Roane County.
    The back-and-forth weather may have caused the rock slide on the westbound side of the interstate near mile marker 343.
    “A good guess is that it is weather related,” Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagi said.

  • Former OS manager up for Kingston position

    Kingston’s search for a city manager will continue Friday with interviews starting at 10 a.m.
    Four candidates for the city’s top administrative post will be in Kingston for the interviews.
    They will meet with city employees during a cookout from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Kingston City Park pavilion.
    The four to be interviewed in Kingston on Friday will be culled from eight potential candidates who were interviewed by speaker phone last week.

  • County won’t be adding 12 school resource officers

    A wish list of 12 additional school resource officers doesn’t look like it will come true this year for Roane County Schools.
    Commissioner Bobby Collier said the additional officers and other security enhancements were discussed by school and county officials at a joint meeting on May 2.
    “We did not vote to do that,” Collier said, about requesting 12 additional resource officers.
     Collier, chairman of the Roane County Commission’s Safety