Local News

  • Let’s go play at Riverfront today!
  • Kingston Public Library offers technology class

    Kingston Public Library will have a free technology class beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    Personnel will be available to assist and answer questions about using smart phones, tablets, iPads, Kindles or specific software.

    Those attending are asked to bring their device to the class; anyone with computer questions may use one of the laptops available at the library.

    The class is open to all skill levels. Call 376-9905 for details.

  • Walmsleys continue giving back with services for veterans in need

    For many veterans it is a struggle to meet basic needs. One Kingston business is hoping to address one of those most essential needs this November.

    Kingston dentist James Walmsley and his staff want to help 25 veterans or active service members with free dental treatments.

    “The first 25 veterans or active service members who contact our office we are offering free exams, x-rays and extractions or free exams, x-rays and a cleaning,” said Shannon Walmsley, James’ office manager and wife.

  • Car accident causes outage in Harriman

    From staff reports

    Much of Harriman was left without power for part of Thursday evening after a car wreck near the Harriman Baptist Tabernacle around 9 p.m.

    The car, which is believed to have been occupied by juveniles, ended up in a grassy area next to the church with a utility pole on top of it.

    A nearby guardrail also was damaged.

  • Midtown choir finds furry friends

    The sounds of music silenced the din of barking dogs at the Roane County Animal Shelter recently, as the peaceful songs settled the anxious pooches.

    Midtown Elementary School’s choir performed a number of tender melodies for the animals in an effort to soothe those who are in dire need of a home. They also gave big, donating items for the shelter.

    “We received over 600 items from their donation drive. We received blankets, cleaning supplies, toys, dog and kitty food and kitty litter,” said interim director Stacey Vance McElhaney.

  • Rockwood nets drugs, cash in stop

    A Rockwood man is facing drug charges after police allegedly caught him with meth, pills and marijuana during a traffic stop on Nov. 6.

    Timothy Joe Taylor, 47, is charged with manufacture, delivery, sell of schedule drugs and simple possession or casual exchange.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Randy Heidle spotted Taylor driving erratically on Wilder Ave. in a black Ford Expedition. Heidle said when he ran the vehicle registration, it came back to a Red Dodge.

  • Opportunities to honor area veterans

    There are plenty of opportunities this Veterans Day to honor those who served.

    This Saturday, Nov. 11, the South Harriman Alumni and Friends will offer free coffee and doughnuts to honor all veterans from 9 to 11 a.m. at the site of the old South Harriman High School (now occupied by Dollar General Market) as a way to thank veterans for their service.

    Harriman American Legion Post 53 will have a Veterans Day service at 11 a.m. in the veterans’ plaza at David Webb Riverfront Park in Harriman.


    For the American Legion, members have bonds that are often like the bonds they develop with the men and women they served with in the armed forces.

    “The American Legion really is a family, which is why my theme for the year is Family First,” said Denise Rohan, National Commander of The American Legion.

    Rohan, who was elected in August, has been visiting American Legions across the country, and one of the most recent stops included Rockwood American Legion Post 50.

  • One killed in deadly pursuit

    A high-speed chase ended in a fatal accident on Lower Rockwood Road in Pine Orchard Monday evening.

    According to a report issued by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Trooper Nathaniel Crow indicated William P. Crabtree, 34, of Oliver Springs, was driving a 2004 Volvo XC 9 traveling south on Lower Rockwood Road at a high rate of speed while being pursued by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.

    According to the report, the vehicle exited the roadway to the left while attempting to negotiate a curve to the right.

  • Kingston American Legion floods, volunteers needed

    The American Legion Post 110 in Kingston is looking for volunteers to help clean up after a flood devastated the lower level of the building on W. Race St.

    The trouble began with the heavy rains that hit the area Monday night.

    By Tuesday morning four feet of water was standing in the building, according to Chaplain Sam Cox.

    “We’ve had some problems with flooding before but never this bad,” Cox said.