Local News

  • Woman accused of using checks to cheat ex

    A Kingston woman is accused of using the child support checks she received from her ex-husband to defraud him.  

    Heather Michelle Melton was indicted for identity theft and computer crimes on Feb. 16. She was arrested on May 7 at the Food City in Kingston.

    According to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Bryan Melton spoke with Capt. Tim Hawn on Dec. 21 about someone using his bank account without authorization.

  • State funds repair roads

    Roane County drivers will benefit from more than $800,000 in state grants for repairs and upgrades to more than 8 miles of roads this year.

    The $200,000 provided by the state for road repair in 2015-16 has been augmented by about $610,000 for a total of $810,000.

    The state started cutting back on road funding almost a decade ago.

    This year’s bump in revenue was a one time bonus that will help make up for some of the cutbacks, said Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    “We’re tickled to have the extra money,” he said.

  • TOP2016GRADS

    The high school graduation season started Thursday with Mount Pisgah Christian Academy’s ceremony.

    Roane County’s public high schools will have their graduation exercises next week.

    The Roane County News is spotlighting all of the class of 2016’s valedictorians and salutatorians from Harriman, Midway, Mount Pisgah, Roane County, Rockwood and Oliver Springs.

    Calvary Baptist School did not have a graduating class this year.

    Graduation dates and times are also included.

    Harriman High School

  • Community remembers fallen officers

    Even the rain shed soft tears during a Wednesday morning memorial service honoring slain Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones and his ride-along friend, former lawman Mike Brown.

    Major thunderstorms held off during the 40-minute service, which also honored 13 other area officers who have died in the line of duty, but rain sprinkles and iron-gray clouds seemed to make the somber event even more mournful.

    “We are here to honor two great men, along with all those who have gone before us,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton as he opened the ceremony.

  • Boat slips an asset for city, some say

    While some residents have expressed displeasure with Kingston’s decision to place 18 boat slips at 58 Landing, others are eagerly looking forward to the project’s completion.

    The Roane County News has run more than a half-dozen letters to the editor, primarily opposing the project, However, many see the project as a good one.

    “I think it is absolutely a great thing for Kingston,” said Jonathan Mount. “The lakefront is one of Kingston’s best assets, and the docks will be a great way to utilize that.

  • Kingston says no to Council tablets

    After discussing possibly purchasing tablets for Kingston City Council members at last week’s regular council work session, the motion did not pass at Tuesday’s regular Council meeting.

    In a 3-3 vote, with Council member Don White passing, the vote failed.

    Voting for the measure were Mayor Tim Neal and council members John Byrkit and Norm Sugarman.

    Voting against were Vice Mayor Tony Brown and council members Randy Childs and Sarah Humphreys.

  • Help letter carriers Stamp Out Hunger in weekend drive

    Letter carriers in Roane County are joining the National Association of Letter Carriers’ 24th annual food drive, “Stamp Out Hunger,” on May 14.

    Letter carriers at Harriman, Kingston, Oliver Springs and Rockwood post offices will collect nonperishable donations from homes as they deliver mail along their postal routes. Roane County letter carriers will also continue collections into next week.

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  • Kudos to Yager at annual Courthouse Gala

    Directors of the Roane County Heritage Commission, area residents and history buffs from as far away as Kentucky gathered at the old Roane County Courthouse in Kingston last Saturday for the first Spring Gala and fundraiser.

    All proceeds from the evening went toward continuing renovations of the old courthouse, which is one of only six pre-Civil War courthouses still standing in Tennessee.

  • Help Rockwood mark its 150th anniversary

    Residents of the city of Rockwood are preparing to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the city’s founding.

    The anniversary is two years away, in 2018, but planners are getting ready now for the extravaganza.

    A number of exciting events are planned throughout the year to commemorate the city’s rich history.

    Those who are interested in helping with the planning process are encouraged to attend a meeting on May 26 at Rockwood City Hall.

    The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.