Local News

  • Multi-county operation leads to more than 30 theft arrests

    From staff reports

    A multi-agency operation including the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and Rockwood Police Department led to numerous arrests in an effort to deter retail theft at stores in Loudon and Roane counties during this holiday season.

  • No clues in purse napping

    Rockwood police are investigating a theft that occurred at Victorian Square.

    The incident was reported on Dec. 23, and the alleged victim is an elderly resident at the assisted living facility.

    “The purse of Lola Fickey was reported stolen out of her room overnight,” Rockwood officer Jared Hall wrote in his report.

    “I was told that earlier in the week $40 was taken from her purse along with checks drawn on Regions Bank.”

  • Driver who struck child still at large

    From staff reports

    Harriman police were still searching for a suspect who struck and injured a child in Harriman last week.

    “A juvenile was hit with a pickup truck. The suspect took off, drove down a couple of streets, crashed into another mailbox on a different street and then bailed out of the vehicle and took off running,” said Sgt. Cody Guge last week.

    “At this time the suspect is still unknown but our investigations unit is currently working to identify the suspect,” Guge added.

  • Kingston official part of leadership program

    Kingston City Council member Stephanie Wright was one of close to 30 Tennessee city and county officials who recently attended the Local Government Leadership Program.

    The Program was hosted by the UT Institute for Public Service’s Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership.

    The officials who attended the two-and-a-half-day program in Knoxville were invited by the UT County Technical Assistance Service and the UT Municipal Technical Advisory Service, sister agencies of the Naifeh Center.

  • Siblings close, despite 9-year age difference

    The holidays turned tragic for a Kingston family Wednesday night.

    Brother and sister Teddy and Tara Kalnasy were killed in a car crash on Interstate 40.

    “I can’t think straight right now,” said mother Mary Kalnasy, as she struggled to speak through tears on Thursday.

    The accident happened around 9 p.m. near the 350 Exit in Midtown. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

  • Election workers’ numbers dwindling

    Roane County Election Commission needs a few good men and women — and not to run for office.

    “I need workers,” said assistant administrator Holly Cromwell.

    “They can go on the website and print off an application or they can come in and apply,” she added.

    Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said his office is seeing dwindling numbers.

    “Our average age of workers is about 70 years old. A lot are quitting because of their age and they don’t think they can handle it,” said Holiway.

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  • Woman claims her Fourth Amendment rights violated in vehicular homicide trial

    A woman convicted of vehicular homicide by intoxication is asking for acquittal or a new trial in a motion filed late last month.

    In the motion, defense attorney Wesley Stone contends the state violated Raychell Huckelby’s Fourth Amendment rights by the illegal search and seizure of her Dodge Ram believed to have struck pedestrian Daniel Hester on May 8, 2014.

    He says Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks erred in permitting the evidence, including photographs and a jury viewing of the truck.

  • Don’t leave Fido, Fluffy out in the cold

    The Roane County Animal Shelter wants to remind area pet owners to prepare for the coming cold weather.

    “It is a misconception that cats and dogs can withstand cold temperatures because they have fur. Some large breed dogs are well equipped for the winter months and love to be outdoors while others such as small breed dogs and cats have no tolerance for the cold,” said Stacey McElhaney, director of the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    Shelter staff offers the following helpful tips for animals during this chilly weather: