Local News

  • Kingston declared victor in annexation battle with Harriman

    The Tennesee Supreme Court has ruled that Kingston's 2008 annexation by election in Midtown is legal, overturning an appeals court ruling in favor of Harriman, which also wanted the property.

    Kingston Mayor Troy Beets announced the news at a city workshop Thursday night after he entered the room dancing.

    "I am beyond happy," Beets said.

    “It's something that those of us who have been on the council for a while have been involved with,” he added.

  • Floods highlight need for coverage

    Recent flooding in Tennessee underscored a painful truth: flooding is America’s most common natural disaster — and the cost of cleanup and repair is huge.
    Everyone’s property is in danger of flooding to one extent or another. Yet homeowner insurance policies generally do not cover flood damage.
    There is a solution.
    The National Flood Insurance Program, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, offers federally backed coverage to property owners and renters in nearly 400 Tennessee communities that participate in the NFIP.

  • HORSE for a HERO?

    A local ranch hopes to honor a deserving veteran the best way it knows how: by awarding one of its unusual horses to him or her.
    The owners of Lexlin Gypsy Ranch want to give back in a big way this Independence Day by having a sweepstakes for one of their gypsy vanner horses.
    Eric Barton and his wife, Mechelle, have decided to have a sweepstakes for a worthy veteran to win one of their horses from Lexlin Gypsy Ranch on New Hope Road near Rockwood.
    That horse is the aptly named Braveheart, a 1-year-old gelding with a beautiful gray coloring.

  • Kingston fire victim still critical

    Sandra Webb, the Kingston woman injured in a house fire last week, was still being treated at the Vanderbilt Burn Center Tuesday morning, a family member said.

    Tammy Clark, her sister’s daughter-in-law, said the situation was still touch-and-go.

    “They’re still pumping out smoke out of her chest,” she said. “She’s still critical, but she’s making a little progress every day.” 

  • Stolen goods incident leads to other charges

    A man wanted for aggravated robbery was arrested at the Rockwood Walmart on Sunday.

    Police were dispatched to the store in reference to a man at the service desk that was possibly trying to return stolen merchandise.

    “I made contact with the male suspect that I was given a description of, and who Walmart employees pointed out to me,” the police report said. “When asked for identification, I was given a Texas identification card.”

    The report said the person pictured in the Texas ID card was not the suspect.

  • Low voter turnout anticipated in municipal elections

    Kingston, Harriman, Rockwood and the Roane County portion of Oliver Springs have 12,194 registered voters combined.

    Fewer than 15 percent — 1,114 — cast ballots during early voting for the city elections.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said he was expecting about the same turnout on Election Day, which was Tuesday.

  • Student academy gives youth a taste of policing

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is holding an academy for local students this week.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said the students toured the jail on Monday. He said they also learned about traffic stops and patrol tactics.

    “They learned the basics and how to act if a police officer stops you,” he said. “It’s a good communication between them and the officers, so they’re not frightened or scared from being stopped by a law enforcement officer.”

  • Win gift cards in Father's Day look-alike contest

    The Roane County News is looking for fathers and sons who bear an uncanny resemblance.

    What’s in it for them?

    A $50 gift card each for the winning father and son. The father and son can be any age now and in the photos.

    They can be featured in the same photo or each have separate photographs.

    The photos can show each at any age.

    To be eligible, at least one of them must live in Roane County and have the photos to us by noon Wednesday, June 15.

  • Polishing up the pool
  • Kickin' it old school