Local News

  • Harriman man accused bank robber

    By Damon Lawrence and Cindy Simpson

    Shackled and wearing a striped jail jumpsuit, Christopher Wayne Best of Harriman made his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon, fewer than 24 hours after federal authorities charged him with robbing a South Knoxville bank.

    During the 29-year-old’s arraignment at the federal courthouse in Knoxville, U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Guyton asked Best a series of questions including what was the highest level of education he obtained and if he was on any medications.


    A Kingston man is among four soldiers honored for helping those injured in a car accident in November 2016.

    Sgt. Chris Galyon, 117th Military Police Battalion, Athens, received the Adjutant General’s Ribbon for Valor by Major General Max Haston.

    “I am proud of our Soldiers and the actions they took at the scene of the accident to assist members of our community,” said Lt. Col. John Gobel, commander of the 117th MP Battalion.

  • Officials DARE to retool drug program

    The Roane County Board of Education got an update last week on the revamped DARE program that’s being reinstituted into the school system.

    “The old curriculum was mainly just a lecture,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer Greg Sims said. “The students spent about 45 minutes to an hour just being lectured. You know, drugs are bad, don’t do them basically is all that was getting over to them. It was not working.”

    Sims said he believes students will get more out of the program they are teaching now.

  • So much fun you can taste it!
  • Alleged courthouse phone theft thwarted

    A Rockwood man was charged with theft after he allegedly tried to steal two cell phones at the Roane County Courthouse last week.

    He was caught by a Roane County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was nearby.

  • Sinister Point

    The Kingston Fire Department is gearing up for its biggest fundraiser of the year, and the event plans to be fun for all as Byrd Field is the site of this year’s haunted house, Sinister Point.

    “We rely heavily on fundraisers and Sinister Point is our biggest of the year,” Kingston Fire Department Capt. Lisa Crowley said. “We will use the proceeds to purchase additional equipment and items we need to make our job safer.”

  • Plant an oak in honor of a veteran

    Tennessee Environmental Council is offering up to five free oak seedlings for Tennesseans to plant on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

    This is the Council’s annual Tennessee Arbor Day/Veterans Day Event, honoring those who serve the nation.

    Those wishing to participate must pick up seedlings on Nov. 9 at a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation field office.

    The nearest office to Roane County is in Knoxville at 3711 Middlebrook Pike.

  • Time for adults to be good sports

    Recreational sports should be where youngsters hone their early sports skills and learn how to be gracious winners and losers.

    Sometimes, however, the adults need a little direction on how best to set an example to the children involved in recreation.

    Parks and recreation Director Allen Hickman recently told Harriman City Council he is working on developing a policy for parents, coaches and game officials to address how the adults treat and talk to each other.


    With Halloween just around the corner, the Rockwood home of John and Donna Flask at 210 N. Kingston Ave. is going all out to celebrate the event.

    Their yard is full of spiders, pumpkins, skulls and all kinds of creepy looking figures.

    Once night falls, their home even turns into a theater of sorts as a projection device displays even more Halloween-themed embellishments.

  • Park playground’s finishing touches