Local News

  • Kingston tax filer accused of ID thefts

    Kingston police said an employee at H&R Block used the personal information of customers to steal their identities.

    Doneil Michelle Kemple, 49, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on June 20 on four counts of identity theft, three counts of theft of property from $500 to $1,000 and one count of theft of property under $500.

    “I’m leery about ever using H&R Block again,” said Harriman resident Deborah Kennedy, one of Kemple’s alleged victims.

  • Wife of Jim Henry succumbs to cancer

    Deputy Governor Jim Henry lost his wife, Pat, to a battle with cancer.

    Pat Henry, 70, was surrounded by her family and friends at the Kingston family farm when she died Monday.

    “Pat was selfless. She spent her life devoted to her family and others and will be sorely missed,” said Gov. Bill Haslam.

    “Crissy and I are praying for Jim, the Henry family and their many, many friends across the state.”

    The Henrys were heavily involved in community activities that supported Roane County.

  • No tax increase in Kingston

    The city of Kingston will start the new fiscal year Friday with a budget in place that calls for no tax increase and a 2-percent raise for employees.

    The 2016-17 budget is $6.175 million, with anticipated expenditures of $5.339 million.

    Kingston City Council passed the budget 4-2 on second reading during its regular June meeting following a public hearing, during which no comments were made.

    The property tax rate remains at $1.45 per each $100 valuation.

  • Hamilton County arrests man with stolen goods


    Harriman resident Richard S. Cofer was arrested by Hamilton County authorities on June 21, four weeks after the Roane County Sheriff’s Office descended on his property as part of a stolen goods investigation.

    Cofer, of 232 Old Coalfield Road, is charged with theft of property over $1,000 in Hamilton County.  

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective John Mayes said the arrest is connected to the stolen goods investigation.

  • Shooter ‘was trying to draw fire’

    The man accused of shooting at Harriman police responding to a domestic violence call earlier this year is believed to have been trying to commit suicide by cop.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said evidence, including suspect Nathan Manis’ own statements and those of witnesses, indicated this was the case in the March 8 incident.

    “Mr. Manis was coming out of the door and down the stairs when he encountered the officers,” Johnson said Thursday.

    “He had a handgun and started shooting.

  • OS town manager resigns

    Oliver Springs officials are seeking a new town manager and water department office manager.

    Town Manager Becky Campbell is resigning after having been with the city in different capacities for 18 years. Water Department office manager Susan Tyler is retiring after 37 ½ years.

    Both women’s last day is June 30.

    “I’ve just got some personal things I need to take care of,” said Campbell.

  • Fossil Plant fishing hole closed


    GOOSE LINDSAY/Roane Newspapers
    Young Kaden Jago, left, and Cole Salisbury take advantage of a summer Friday afternoon to get in a bit of fishing at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant. Salisbury said he traveled from Wyoming for the relaxing afternoon, and just in time — the Fossil Plant’s fishing area at discharge closed to fishing today, Monday. The area will be closed through 3:30 p.m. July 15. Call 717-2501 for details.

  • Retiring schools director credited with patching up relationships

    Outgoing Director of Schools Gary Aytes received a standing ovation at the June 16 Roane County Board of Education meeting.

    This was the last meeting for director Aytes, who is retiring on June 30.

    “One thing about him — kids was No. 1 and education was No. 2,” Chairman Darrell “Drack” Langley said, as he choked back the tears.

    “We all appreciate everything you’ve done,” Vic King added.

    Board members credit Aytes with mending the relationship with the Roane County Commission.  

  • Trio of school principals told

    Roane County Schools didn’t have to go outside the district to fill three principal openings.

    The new hires were already in the school system.

    Harriman Middle School assistant principal Shannon Cawood was hired as the new principal at Rockwood High School.

    Midway Elementary School assistant principal Jennifer Spakes has been hired as the new principal at Dyllis Springs Elementary School.

    Midway Middle School assistant principal Angela Spurgeon was hired as the new principal at Ridge View Elementary School.

  • Kudos to Child Support Division