Local News

  • Parents suing tavern owner

    Former Grill & Pub operator Grover Norton still faces litigation over a death that occurred outside his establishment more than five years ago.

    “We look forward to getting the case heard,” said Harriman attorney J. Scott McCluen, who represents Roy and Rebecca Harvey.

  • Man hit his mom, officials charge

    A Kingston man was arrested last week and charged with an alleged assault on his mother.

    John Thomas Reyes, 30, 1200 Mobile Drive, was arrested Oct. 5 following the alleged altercation with Connie Morton.

    Kingston Police Officer Tony Guy was dispatched at 9:44 p.m. to that residence, which was also listed as Morton’s address.

    Both Morton and a witness, Janene Cofer, were sitting outside, and Reyes was apparently inside when Guy arrived, according to the police report.

  • OS driver racks up drug charges

    An Oliver Springs man was recently arrested and charged with several offenses, including driving under the influence and the manufacture/delivery/sale of both Schedule II and Schedule IV drugs.

    James T. Hooks was arrested Oct. 5 by Oliver Springs Police Sgt. Charlie Graham. He was also charged with failure to maintain a single lane, non-compliance with financial responsibility law, violation of registration law and possession of oxycodone hydrochloride and alprazolam, neither of which were in proper containers, according to the incident report.

  • Obesity, addiction among health issues

    Roane County is facing a range of health challenges from obesity to drug addiction, according to community leaders who gathered for a brainstorming session at Roane Medical Center Friday.

    The Roane Community Health Forum was organized to assess the most important health-related issues in Roane County, said Gary Young, director of community health at Covenant Health.

    The information gathered at the forum will be used to generate a report that should be published in early 2017.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Schools focus on more than testing

    The most recent Leadership Roane County class focused on education.

    Roane County residents of all ages have access to a wide variety of educational resources, and I was privileged to visit with a few of them.

    Our day began at Midtown Elementary School, where we heard from Principal Kendra Isham, Director of Special Education Stephanie Walker and Leah Watkins, director of Roane County Schools.

  • Kingston firefighter injured on the job

    A Kingston firefighter was injured last week in a fall that occurred on the job.

    Eddie Lantz was reportedly adjusting a garage door at the main fire hall in Kingston when the Oct. 3 accident happened, confirmed Kingston City Manager David Bolling last Wednesday.

    The matter was first mentioned by Vice Mayor Tony Brown at the regular workshop of Kingston City Council on Oct. 4.

    Lantz apparently suffered a “serious concussion,” and was hospitalized overnight before being

    released the next day, shared Brown.

  • Rose of Sharon a nice surprise

    John Johnsen of Rockwood recently noticed a very ornate addition to one of his rose bushes.

    The 92-year-old long-time flowering plant aficionado notified the Roane County News that a singular Rose of Sharon was growing up through one of his vibrant knock-out rosebushes.

    “To me, it was very unusual,” Johnsen said. “I have never seen anything like it before in my life. One day it was not there, the next, there is was,” he added.

  • Rockwood properties looking good

    Rockwood is certainly cleaning up.

    Within the last year, roughly 30 dilapidated homes have been torn down, either through city efforts, or those of homeowners, all of whom are working toward city beautification.

    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said the issue was one of the campaign platforms on which he ran two years ago.

    “When I was campaigning door-to-door, one thing people told me was that we needed to clean up our town, and that is what we have done.

  • Tuesday’s the deadline for voter registration

    Voters can start heading to the polls later this month to cast ballots in the Nov. 8 election.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway has a list of things people should do before they go. Chief among them is making sure their registration is up to date.

    “If you go in and you get in line, and you’ve changed your address or your name, then you have to fill out another form before you go through to vote,” he said.