Local News

  • Kingston feels no pain over clinic law

    To protect itself from the possible encroachment of unscrupulous pain management clinics, the city of Kingston recently passed a 120-day moratorium on the licensing of such clinics, until new state regulations take effect.
    But given that the proprietors of such clinics don’t even need a business license to operate, will the moratorium provide adequate protections?

  • Flooding forces road closings

    It wasn’t just a dreary end to a holiday weekend.
    The steady rains that began Sunday and continued into Tuesday pushed rivers and creeks from their banks, forced road closures, prompted calls for voluntary evacuations and delayed one Christmas parade for a few days.
    “We have two playgrounds under water right now,” said Kingston parks and recreation director Rick Ross. “Every one of our docks are under water.”

  • Two proposals could impact quality of public education

    State Rep. Julia Hurley said she’s against elected school superintendents.
    However, she has not made up her mind when it comes to school vouchers.
    Both issues could be debated by lawmakers when the General Assembly reconvenes in January.
    “I don’t know how I feel about the school vouchers yet,” Hurley said. “I need to do more research on the bills and ideas coming out before I make a definitive decision on that.”
    Hurley’s district currently includes Roane County and Lenoir City.

  • TVA refires Kingston Fossil Plant

    The Kingston Fossil Plant started firing up again this week.
    TVA spokeswoman Barbara Martocci said all nine units at the plant had been offline since September for yearly maintenance, to finalize repairs to the scrubber system and to connect the dry fly ash system.
    Units 1 to 3 came online Monday. Unit 4 was in startup Tuesday, and the remaining five are expected to come back into operation by the end of the year.

  • Miller manager of Rockwood

    Jack Miller didn’t have to wait long to hear confirmation of his new role as Rockwood city administrator.
    In fact, the Rockwood City Council said very little other than a few words of welcome and of high expectations before unanimously voting to move forward with accepting him for the position.
    Vice Mayor Peggy Evans said she thought Miller would do a fine job for the city.
    “I think he’s going to be great,” she said. “We’re going to put a lot of stuff on him.”

  • Rockwood passes moratorium on new pain clinics

    Borrowing largely from what Kingston already passed, Rockwood joined the effort to circumvent any pain management facilities locating in their community until new state regulations take effect in 2012.

    The council considered two resolutions, a shorter one and a more detailed version.
    Vice Mayor Peggy Evans made the motion for the longer resolution because it spelled out more what was covered under the resolution.

    “I think that would be best,” Evans said.

  • Boy Scouts return for tree sale in Kingston
  • Kingston Christmas Parade postponed due to rain

    Monday's Kingston Christmas Parade has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

    It has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.

  • Roane officials consider Ohio animal release

    The Ohio sheriff who oversaw the killing of dozens of wild animals that were let loose from a farm was criticized by some people for the decision. Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton wasn’t one of them.

    “I think that the law enforcement handled it the proper way because your main concern is the safety of the public and to detain or eliminate that threat as soon as possible without any harm to the public,” Stockton said.


    A group of residents of a Harriman Garden building are back in their apartments  and got a surprising bounty of good eats to celebrate Thanksgiving.

    Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis got inspired to seek donations to provide the meals after the residents of the 925 Sewanee St. complex were temporarily displaced when a fire last weekend forced them to the Harriman Community Center or the homes of family and friends.

    “This is what Roane County is known for,” Ellis said.