Today's News

  • Parking around courthouse going to one hour

    Downtown visitors who park in the vicinity of the old courthouse had best watch the signs in the weeks and months to come.

    Kingston City Council moved in March to simplify much of the area parking by changing several blocks to one-hour zones.

    According to Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam, the problem has been that the zone in question offers such a patchwork of parking — 15-minute spots, 30-minute spots, as well as one- and two-hour spots — that police often have trouble keeping tabs on violators.

  • Sophie’s Choice keeps mom close to home

    Tracie Graham started her now lucrative business Sophie’s Choice so she could stay home with her pride and joy and company namesake Sophie Graham Cooley.

    “I was an older mom and I was looking for something to do so I could hang out with her,” Graham said. “I wanted to spend as much time with her as I could. She would play and I would just mix stuff up.”

  • Harriman Fire Dept. raising funds for vehicle

    Harriman Fire Department is attempting to raise funds for a utility vehicle for emergencies at special events.

    “We already started getting donations,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss. “We had several businesses already help us out.”

    The department has raised about $2,000 toward the estimated $13,000 cost.

    A $5 all-you-can-eat pancake and waffle breakfast is being held at Bowers Elementary on April 14 beginning at 7 a.m.

  • RSCC academic fest for area high schoolers
  • Aytes, Rose, Woody make top 10 cut

    Three Roane County Schools employees who applied for the director of schools position were among the 10 people recommended for an interview with the Board of Education.

    The group includes Gary Aytes, Elizabeth Rose and Keevin Woody. The board plans to interview them along with seven other candidates this month.

    “I’m glad that all Roane County candidates got in the top 10,” Board Member Darrell “Drack” Langley said.

  • ‘Friend to Rockwood’ loses battle with illness

    One of Rockwood’s longest-serving public servants has ended his work here on Earth.
    City Attorney Elmer Rich died at his home Thursday from a recent illness.

    He had been city attorney almost continuously since he was first appointed in 1969 and served during the administrations of eight mayors.

  • Woman’s 911 call on burger beef lands her in jail

    From staff reports

    Rockwood police arrested a woman on March 28 after she allegedly called 911 to complain about her Hardee’s hamburger.

    Donna Marie Nichols of 1503 Post Oak Valley Road, Rockwood, was charged with abuse of the 911 system.

    She’s scheduled to appear in Roane County General Sessions Court on May 21.   
    Nichols, 50, called 911 twice, according to the arrest report.

  • Kingston touts designation as Tree City USA

    Kingston may not have an ocean, as in the Beach Boys utopian vision for every town across the land in their ’60s pop hit “Surfin’ USA,” but they do have a commodity that’s just as important: trees.

    As such, they’ve been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forestry Service as a Tree City USA.

  • Harriman gets revenge on Lady 'Cats

    The third time was the charm for the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats when it came to beating the Harriman Lady Blue Devils.

  • Elk hunt applications being accepted

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) will accept applications from April 1 through May 31 for participation in Tennessee’s fourth managed elk hunt.