Local News

  • Accident at intersection leads to prayers

    A woman was cut out of a white Oldsmobile part of a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon at Hwy. 70 and Pine Ridge Road.

    “He said she was unconscious when they cut her out,” said Carol Holloway, who’s husband, Leonard, was driving the red GMC truck that was also involved in the accident.

    Holloway said they spent five hours at Roane Medical Center themselves with tests to ensure Leonard was not seriously hurt.

    The pair also hoped find out how the woman in the other vehicle is doing.

  • Class bridges math gap

    Rockwood High School’s calculus class is taking a hands-on approach to learning by designing a connection roadway and bridge for Lenoir Avenue.

    The project, in conjunction with the University of Tennessee and Tennessee Department of Transportation, is for design only; no actual roadway or bridge will be built.

    “There are nine people here, so everybody got a part,” said project manager Jeff Tilley.

  • Roane court official dies in motorcycle crash

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Don Hood — one of his courtroom officers — was killed in a motorcycle wreck in Mississippi over the weekend.  

    “It was a shock to all of us,” Stockton said.

    Stockton said Hood served as a chief deputy in former sheriff David Haggard’s administration.

    “Don was actually my boss at one time,” Stockton said, “back in the ’90s when he was a chief deputy.”

  • Leon Houston calls federal charges 'smokescreen'

    Leon Houston is on trial for allegedly possessing firearms while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.
    He told a federal jury, however, the charge is a smokescreen to hide what’s really going on in America.

    “Our civil liberties are in dire jeopardy,” he said. “I just hope that some of you people on this jury will see through this.”

  • Jim Henry’s a Good Guy for the second time

    Tennessee Department of Children’s Service’s Commissioner Jim Henry has been singled out for special recognition by the Tennessee Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee.
    Each year, the group honors men who have demonstrated their support of women with its Good Guy Awards.
    Kingston’s Henry, a 2005 Good Guy Award winner, has been tapped again.

  • Ten Mile man charged with attempted murder

    The Roane County grand jury added a charge of attempted first-degree murder against Daniel Phillip Thompson, a Ten Mile man accused of severely beating his girlfriend.
    The grand jury also indicted Thompson for aggravated assault and especially aggravated kidnapping when it met last month.
    Thompson’s alleged crimes occurred between July 12-17.
    Tiffany McDavid told Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Murphy that Thompson began beating her because he thought she was unfaithful.   

  • Randolph pleads not guilty

    Accused robber Mark Andrew Randolph pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in U.S. District Court last week.
    Randolph faces five counts of robbery, five counts of using a firearm during a crime and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
    The court appointed attorney Jonathan Moffatt to represent him in the case.
    Randolph is accused of robbing a Shell Favorite Market in Sweetwater, a Subway in Lenoir City, a Subway in Knoxville, a Sonic in Knoxville and Rocky Top Market on Bluff Road in Kingston.

  • Kingston to consider policy to regulate cold-pill sales

    Kingston City Council plans to discuss an ordinance at its Tuesday workshop that would regulate the sale of ephedrine- and pseudoephedrine-related products within the city limits.
    Cold and allergy-relief medications that contain ephedrine and pseudoephedrine can be used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine.
    “I’m still for trying to get a prescription requirement for pseudoephedrine,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.


    Rockwood Fire Department welcomed its new Sutphen G-2 pumper truck earlier this month. Community supporters turned  out for the unveiling. “This is a $410,000 investment for Rockwood,” Mayor James Watts said.

    Rockwood Assistant Fire Chief Matt Crabtree, center, holds a teary-eyed Fire Chief Mike Wertz as the new fire truck rolled into town. Wertz was overwhelmed with the support he had been given by the city of Rockwood. The new truck will replace another vehicle in the department’s aging fleet.

  • Authorities still focused on killing

    Another Roane County grand jury session has come and gone, and still no one has been charged in the 2012 shooting death of Russel Charles Blevins.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton said the case remains under investigation.
    “We’ve definitely not forgotten about it,” he said.
    According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, family members found Blevins, 85, dead of multiple gunshot wounds in his home at 138 Hart Orchard Road, Kingston, on Aug. 12, 2012.