Local News

  • ‘People get mean’

    Business owners in Kingston are concerned about a lack of parking in the downtown area.

    Speaking during the public comment period of a recent City Council workshop, business owners said the parking situation is hurting their business.

    Kyrie Taylor, owner of Everly Blue women’s fashion boutique on North Kentucky Street, said the limited parking available to her customers is a concern.

    The problem is especially bad during days when court is in session, she said.

    “I felt like it was time to do something,” Taylor said.

  • File by noon, cell time

    Candidates for the Aug. 2 election have until noon Thursday to file their petitions with the Roane County Elections Office.

    “They were all instructed when they picked up their petition, noon on Thursday,” Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said. “If they show up at 12:01, they won’t be on the ballot.”

  • Accused scissor stabber complies after threat

    A suspect is accused of trying to stab a Kingston police officer with a pair of scissors. The incident happened last month.

    According to the warrant, Kingston Police Sgt. Tony Guy was investigating a call about a suspicious person in the North Kentucky Street area when he noticed a man sitting outside the post office.

    “The male subject saw me and took off down Stinnette Street in a hurried manner in the lane of travel,” the warrant said. “I pulled near the male. He looked at me and continued to walk away.”

  • Woman nabbed in pill sting

    Tiffany Danielle Stout, a 36-year-old Harriman woman, is facing a drug charge for allegedly trying to sell her prescription medication.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, the person she agreed to sell to on March 27 was an undercover officer.

    “The affiant, acting as a drug customer, contacted Stout via text message and inquired about purchasing medication,” Sheriff’s Office Detective Jason Mynatt wrote in the report. “Stout agreed to sell the affiant 12 Suboxone for $20 per pill at Kroger in Harriman.”

  • Double feature kicks off baseball season

    Rockwood Parks and Recreation is hosting Double Play, a free outdoor movie night on Friday.

    Showtime starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex.

    Two classic baseball movies, “The Sandlot” and “Angels in the Outfield,” will be shown.

    Inflatables will be on site for children to play on as well.

    The celebration kicks off the baseball and softball season.

  • White Lightnin’

    Making moonshine is as much part of the Appalachian makeup as grits or country music.

    It’s part of Rich Minnick’s DNA, and he wants to share the tradition’s history with the community.

    Minnick, aka Moonshiner Pappi, learned the moonshine trade from his grandfather.

    “When I was 6 years old I started following my grandfather into the woods wondering what he was doing. For two years I didn’t do nothing but watch them,” said Moonshiner Pappi.

  • Relay for Life survivor dinner Thurs.

    Roane County Relay for Life will have its annual survivor dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday in Rockwood Event Center at 241 W. Rockwood St.

    The dinner is free for cancer survivors and one guest.

    Call Fran Puckett at 804-4482 or Kathy Cole at 354-3587 to register or for details.


    It took more than four years for the state to get a conviction against Shawn Smoot for murdering his ex-lover. Whether that conviction sticks remains to be seen.

    “This case should be reversed,” Smoot’s attorney, Bob Jolley, told a three-judge panel of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals last week.


    More than 100 people gathered to remember one of the men who lost their lives in the 1929 flood that devastated the city of Harriman.

    The descendants of Robert “Bob” Underwood came together and dedicated a bench at David Webb Riverfront Park in his honor, remembering the man who drowned while taking his team of mules in an attempt to save his neighbors on March 23, 1929.

  • Harriman sales tax referendum moves forward

    Harriman will be getting the ball rolling on a sales tax referendum city officials hope will enable them to tackle more infrastructure projects in the future.

    First reading of an ordinance to start the ball rolling in getting the issue on a ballot is on the agenda for the Harriman City Council’s regular council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 3.

    “It is very important if we want to continue work on infrastructure that we got going on,” said Mayor Wayne Best.