Local News

  • Sheriff's office investigating homicide

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an elderly man as a homicide.
    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips identified the victim as Russell C. Blevins of 138 Hart Orchard Road.
    “We believe he died as the result of a gunshot wound,” he said.
    Blevins, 85, was found in his home Sunday evening. Phillips said he was notified around 8:15 p.m. 
    “I believe a family member hadn’t heard from him, went to check on him, found him and then notified the 911 center,” he said. 

  • Rockwood OKs budget with tax hike; garbage rate also up $1

    After numerous meetings filled with contention over the 2013 budget, Rockwood officials finally settled on final reading of the budget last week.

    Taxpayers will now be paying property tax rates of 90 cents per $100 valuation, 15 cents higher than the previous rate of 75 cents per $100 valuation.

    Garbage customers will also pay $1 more per pickup, at $8, which is still several dollars lower than in surrounding communities.

  • Roofer charged with passing bad check and theft

    A local roofer is in trouble with the law for allegedly passing a bad check and not returning a chainsaw.

    Kingston police took out warrants on Joshua Lee Miles for the bad check and theft. Miles, 39, was arrested on Aug. 1.

    According to a warrant, Miles ordered roofing materials from Norandex Building Materials in June.

    “Mr. Miles paid with a check drawn on the account of Miles Roofing and Home Repair in the amount of $4,397.82,” the warrant said. “The check was returned unpaid due to insufficient funds.”

  • Kingston Police Explorers honored

    Former Boy Scout Robert Johnson found more than new friends when he moved five years ago from Maine to Kingston.

    He also discovered a potential future career path in law enforcement.

    Johnson is captain of Kingston Explorer Post 376, a group of ambitious and hard-working teenagers who recently earned a prestigious Gold Level United States Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

    The award presentation was made during Tuesday’s National Night Out event by Kingston Mayor Troy Beets and state Sen. Ken Yager.

  • Records show Morgan had his own issues with speeding

    During this year’s campaign for Roane County property assessor, David Morgan made an issue about a speeding ticket incumbent Teresa Kirkham received in 2009.  

    Morgan, who would go on to defeat Kirkham in the Aug. 2 election, has had his own speeding issues in the past.

    According to Roane County General Sessions Court records, Morgan has been charged with speeding 10 times, with the most recent ticket coming in 2007.

    In some of the cases the charge got dismissed, records show. In others, the ticket was paid.

  • History of 'amazing secret' preserved

    Perhaps no one more than Bill Wilcox appreciates Oak Ridge’s legacy in the Manhattan Project.

    After all, the first job out of college for the Pennsylvania native was to work as a scientist on the A-bomb that helped bring an end to World War II.

  • No decision on Smoot bond

    Assistant Public Defender Walter Johnson’s argument for a bond to be set for accused killer Shawn Smoot was pretty simple.

    “In Tennessee you have a right to have a bond set,” he said.

    How much and what conditions will Smoot have to abide by if he gets out had yet to be determined at the conclusion of a bond hearing on Friday.

  • Rabies scare rattles Roane resident

    Carol Golliher is accustomed to seeing wild animals in her rural Roane County neighborhood.
    But when a suspicious-looking skunk waddled into her front yard last Thursday morning, she was concerned it might be carrying the deadly rabies virus.
    “It would walk a little ways, and then it would fall over,” Golliher said.
    Golliher’s home health nurse was the first one to encounter the struggling skunk.
    “She said, ‘Do you know you’ve got a skunk in your front yard?’

  • Road or creek bed? Court asked

    Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency legal counsel Sheryl Holtam said Wednesday she had yet to see the complaint Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland filed against the agency in chancery court.
    “It’s kind of hard to comment since I haven’t seen the complaint,” she said.
    The complaint accuses the TWRA of blocking a county road. Holtam said the road in question is more of a trail than anything else.
    “It looks like a creek bed,” she said.

  • Be on alert for real estate scam

    Roane County property owners should beware of an ongoing telephone-solicitation scam.
    According to Kathy May-Martin of Coldwell Banker in Kingston, callers claiming to work for a Florida real estate company are offering vacant-property owners a sweet deal if they pay part of the “commission” up front.
    Those who pay aren’t likely to see any money — except the what disappears from their bank account.