Local News

  • At dawn's early light

    Often it is said that the early bird catches the worm. Whether it be walking at the fog-engulfed lake or enjoying a warm cup of coffee, there’s much to see and do in the early morning hours.

  • Lively lineup for Rockwood fall fest

    One of East Tennessee’s most popular festivals returns Oct. 1 with an all-star line-up of activities.

    Originally started in 1949 by the Rockwood Business Club (now Rockwood Merchants Association) as the Trade Days Festival,  the annual Rockwood Fall Festival now boasts an array of activities, pageants, entertainment, craft vendors and something to satisfy everyone’s taste.

    Special music artists will be onstage at Homecoming Park throughout the day.

  • Delivery man dies while unloading supplies

    A man delivering supplies to the newly opened Little Caesars restaurant in Kingston died from an apparent heart attack Monday morning.

    A Kingston Police report said Andreco Olando Kight of Georgia was pronounced dead at Roane Medical Center.

    The report said the medical examiner found he had a heart attack which caused him to fall face down from the tractor-trailer he had driven up to the loading ramp, causing injury to his face.

  • No cookie, canned-good competition at Kingston fair


    Colorful jars of canned goods and tasty baked cakes and cookies have been a staple at Kingston’s annual Country Fair.

    Not this year.

    FCE, the home economics club that handles the judging for the event, has withdrawn from the competition for the fair that will be at Southwest Point this Saturday.

    Rick Ross, the director of Kingston parks and recreation department, said Tuesday that it was a matter of money.

  • Woman killed when car overturns


  • ‘You are destroying this town’

    Monday was Rockwood City Recorder Jim Hines’ last council meeting with him serving in that position.

    He made the most of it, letting everyone know what he thought of Vice Mayor Peggy Evans.

    Hines took Evans to task for talking about the draft audit findings before a final copy was completed — and for what he felt was an attack on his office.

    “It seems your measure of our competence is whether we cozy up to you,” Hines said.

  • Nitty-gritty binds club together

    The roar of engines, mud, boulders and grit — these are the ingredients for lasting bonds, members of the Windrock ATV Club say.

    The club, chartered in 1994, has around 150 members throughout the Southeast and is one of the largest ATV groups in the state.

  • Kingston workers get ‘evac’ insurance

    After a moment’s uncertainty, Kingston City Council decided to allow the whirlybirds of Air Evac Lifeteam whisk city employees to safety — in the event of catastrophe.

  • Corn maze distills learning

    Rolling green hills and the smell of cut grass make for the perfect playground.

    That’s just what people can find at Windrock Valley Farms corn maze on Old Harriman Highway near Oliver Springs.

    The maze opened for the first time to the general public Saturday under a brilliant blue sky. Business kicked off to a brisk start.

    “There is probably 30 or so so far, and we’ve only been open an hour,” said Amy Haney, who owns the farm with her husband, Wade.

  • High school pride