Today's News

  • Mom, daughter to be jailed for a little longer

    A feud between a daughter and her mother resulted in separate guilty pleas in Roane County General Sessions Court last week.

    Tracie Lemons was charged with arson and two counts of reckless endangerment on Sept. 18.

    She reportedly told Kingston police she set a couch on fire inside an apartment to get back at her daughter.


    Rockwood Electric Utility will mark Public Power Week and kick off work on its future home with a ribbon-cutting and ground-breaking ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 9.

    The utility will eventually move down the street from its current location into a block that once housed Bilbrey Furniture, a radio station and Booth Funeral Home, among other businesses.

    “If everything goes well I’m going to say within the next 30 days you’ll start seeing activity,” said manager Kendall Bear.

  • Court asked to open roadway

    Dr. Julian Ahler is accusing blogger Steve Scarborough of denying him access to his property on Williams Mountain Road.

    Ahler filed a lawsuit against Scarborough and his wife, Anne, last month in Roane County Circuit Court.

    “Defendants own real property in Roane and Rhea counties known as White’s Creek Gorge consisting of approximately 360 acres,” the lawsuit states.

    “A portion of this property includes or is adjacent to Old Stage Road, which runs adjacent to White’s Creek.”

  • More kudos for Foster’s Capt. Nemo

    A Harriman steampunk enthusiast continues to receive accolades for his elaborate costumes and props.

    RJ Foster recently did well at the Georgia Aquarium Party for Dragon Con for his elaborate Capt. Nemo diving suit.

    “We came through the whole thing and ended up with a second place,” said Foster.

    “I had a little home field advantage, having a diver at the aquarium,” he joked.

  • Farmer to be sentenced on firearms charge

    Tyler Farmer pleaded guilty to possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon last Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga.

    His sentencing is scheduled for March 23, 2016.

    Farmer, 27, faces up to 10 years in federal prison, a fine and supervised release when he gets out of prison.

    Farmer, who has a Kingston address, reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in the case.

  • Man charged with Harriman Domino’s robbery

    John Russell, a 41-year-old Harriman man, is accused of robbing the Domino’s on South Roane Street on Sept. 29.

    According to the warrant, he allegedly walked into the restaurant with his hands

    covered by his sweatshirt sleeves.

    “The male approached the counter and while pointing his right covered hand at the clerk, Eric Coleman, he demanded the money in the cash register and moved in such a manner to place Coleman in fear of his life because Coleman believed the male to be carrying a firearm,” the warrant said.

  • Harriman demolition continues
  • Leader, REACH founder mourned

    Longtime Roane County Commissioner Bobby Collier died Wednesday night at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. He was 72.

    “We lost a very influential and passionate county leader,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    “His heart was with the county, the school system and the children. We lost a great leader.”

    Collier was a resident of Kingston and represented District 6 on the County Commission. He was elected to his fifth four-year term last year.

  • TVA lowering lake levels in anticipation of Joaquin rains

    TVA is taking steps in the likelihood the Tennessee Valley will be hit with heavy rain from Hurricane Joaquin.

    Even if Hurricane Joaquin doesn’t directly strike the Valley, it could still have a major impact on the area. The Tennessee Valley Authority is already taking steps to deal with the anticipated runoff from heavy rains over the weekend.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: Pope Francis reawakens American ideal

    At a cultural moment when celebrity trumps character in America, it took a humble priest from Argentina to remind us of the better angels of our nature — and of the kind of nation we must aspire to build in the 21st century.

    Pope Francis arrived in our public square as a self-described migrant, and for a refreshing week his message of compassion and justice drowned out the divisive, ugly, sometimes hateful rhetoric of this political season.