Local News

  • Woman accused of shoplifting, hurting cashier

    A cashier at the Rockwood IGA was allegedly assaulted by a shoplifter on Tuesday.

    “Once on scene I saw a woman sitting on the floor with blood on her hands that I identified as being Angelyn Selby,” Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall wrote in his report. “Several IGA employees were standing around her watching her.”

    Hall said he also noticed IGA employee Glenda Bostin, who appeared to be bleeding from a minor cut on her head.

  • Grant opens up dental care

    A $150,000 grant from Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee means many adults without dental insurance will have access to dental care.

    Mid-East Community Action Agency, which operates in Roane and Loudon counties, has been awarded the second phase of a grant from the foundation to implement Healthy Smiles for Adults, which will use a voucher system to provide access to dental care in the area.

    “We are going to be doing a lot of dental services in the county this year,” said Dina Jackson, executive director of the Roane County United Way.

  • Hole found in leak policy

    The Kingston Water Board is considering changes to the policy regarding how the utility charges customers for water leaks.

    The city offers insurance for leaks through Serveline up to a loss of $2,500. Customers who do not choose to participate in the insurance program are responsible for paying the bill if a leak occurs.

    City Manager David Bolling presented the City Council with a case that involved a leak of more than $5,000. The customer had insurance protection for $2,500 of the loss but was concerned about how to cover the rest of the bill.

  • Police say man rammed ex’s car, ran

    Kingston police arrested a Harriman man for aggravated domestic assault, hit and run and leaving the scene of an accident on Tuesday.

    Matthew Adam Honeycutt, 30, is accused of intentionally rear-ending his ex-girlfriend April Washam’s Kia Soul with the front of his Chevy Camaro near Bunch Marine.

    Kingston Patrolman Adam A. Alkishawi reported he met with Washam near Bunch where she detailed how Honeycutt had met her at Walgreens, where they began arguing in the parking lot before she got in her Kia to leave.

  • Man accused of hocking hot computer

    A trip to U.S. Money Shops didn’t end well for Garrett Gielissen. He was arrested there on a theft warrant.

    The theft reportedly happened at Walmart.

    On Feb. 7, Rockwood Police Department Detective Dwayne Gray responded to the Walmart to speak with loss prevention officer Joey Foster.

  • Amorous teen pops in, cops called out

    A teen’s apparent attempt at romance went awry last week.

    Darrell Blain Money also startled an elderly homeowner in the process.

    According to a Rockwood police report, Sgt. Jason Halliburton was dispatched to 607 Crestview Drive, where he spoke to 83-year-old Wanda Robinson, the homeowner.

    “Wanda Robinson said she came to her house and smelled popcorn, which was odd because no one should have been there,” the report said. “She saw a white male with curly hair, a tank top shirt, shorts and no shoes in her den.”

  • TVA eyes landfill expansion

    TVA is looking to expand the footprint of a dry storage landfill at the Kingston Fossil Plant and wants the public to comment on the plan.

    “Public comments are always important,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said Monday. “In this case, they can alert us to issues we need to consider that we may not be aware of or raise general questions we should answer in the assessment.”

    According to a press release, TVA is already operating a permitted dry landfill at the fossil plant for coal ash and gypsum.

  • TVA repairing Hwy. 70 levee

    From staff reports

    The Tennessee Valley Authority will be making repairs and reinforcements to the levee along Hwy. 70 near Roane County High School.

    Heavy rains in November caused a mudslide damaging an area about 75-by-4-feet about 10 feet from the road, said TVA spokesman Scott Fielder.

    Damage to the structure is minor and poses no threat to the community. TVA inspects the levee on a weekly basis, he said.