Local News

  • Kingston eyeing several grants

    November is the time when applications for many state and federal grant options come due, and Kingston officials have eyes on a couple of big ones this year.
    One of them is the so-called Safer grant, a FEMA grant for local fire departments. According to Kingston Mayor Troy Beets, Safer grants vary in size, according to the needs of the department. “You apply for whatever you need — equipment, personnel, whatever — and then you make your case for that need,” Beets said. “You really have to sell yourself, and your needs to become eligible.”

  • Kingston signs on to 911 contract

    After nearly two years of uncertainty, Kingston City Council members finally signed on to a 911 agreement calling for more money from local governments.
    Council unanimously approved the agreement at the Oct. 8 full council session.
    “We got our itches scratched, so we went ahead and voted for it,” Kingston Mayor Troy Beets said. “All’s good now.”

  • K9 rescue holds fundraiser

    Second Chance K-9 Rescue is having its 14th  annual Hot Dogs for the Dawgs cookout 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Kingston City Park. A $5 donation will get contributors a grilled hot dog with trimmings, chips, dessert and a drink.
    All proceeds help low income folks spay & neuter their pets. The organization also donates pet food. Second Chance is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping animals.  
    Regina Kendrick is president.  

  • Rockwood new fire truck coming

    Rockwood will be getting its new fire truck this Friday.
    It’s expected to arrive around noon.
    The Sutphen brand pumper truck will cost the city about $410,000.
    “We’ll make yearly payments for 10 years of about $43,000 a year. It is close to that,” said city recorder Becky Ruppe.
    Rockwood Fire Department pleaded for the truck earlier this year.
    It will replace another vehicle in their aging fleet.
    Rockwood City Council voted on the winning bid for the truck during the budget process.

  • Rolled over by spooky holiday pranksters

    Houses around Roane County adorn ghostly decorations this time of year as Halloween quickly approaches but that wasn’t the case for one Kingston home. The house and yard at the corner of Smalley Lane and Decatur Highway South of the River was left vandalized by an old time prank of toilet papering. The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is telling locals to stay aware as more teenage antics could become more prevalent as Halloween gets closer.

  • Jacket sophomore Seth Haynes recovering after neck injury

    Athletic trainers and EMT personnel that work area sporting events know that when a player suffers any kind of neck injury that the best thing to do is keep the neck immobilized before doing anything else.

  • Walmart shopper busted for meth materials

    Rockwood police arrested a man on Oct. 13 after he allegedly purchased meth-making supplies at Walmart.
    Ryan Matthew Cox is charged with initiation of the methamphetamine manufacture process.
    According to the warrant, Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich was dispatched to Walmart at 2:22 a.m. to investigate a report of someone buying meth-making supplies.  
    The warrant said Cox was leaving the store with bags of merchandise in each hand when he was confronted by Haubrich.

  • Smoot lawyer: Investigation shoddy

    Shawn Smoot’s state-paid defense will include the services of a private investigator. His attorney, Bob Vogel, got a court order in August authorizing the hiring of one.

    “He’s been declared indigent and any of those kind of things the state pays for,” said Vogel, a private attorney who was appointed to represent Smoot this year after the public defender’s office stepped aside because of a conflict.

  • McCarroll can carry a firearm?

    The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office doesn’t concede that convicted sex offender Richard Keith McCarroll has the right to carry a gun, even though he has a court order stating he has the right to do so.
    “Just because he put it in an order that was signed by a judge doesn’t mean his rights under state and federal law to possess a firearm have been restored,” Assistant Attorney General Ben Whitehouse said.

  • Raising new church is community effort

    A new building for Emory Heights Missionary Baptist Church is taking shape, thanks mostly to volunteers in the community.

    Walls are going up where Emory Heights Elementary School once stood.
    “We want to grow. It is going to be big,” said Johnny Devine, a deacon at the church. “We are out of parking. If we have anything special, we don’t have enough room.”
    Devine said on many Sundays the church has to put out extra chairs.
    “We need to reach more people,” he said.