Today's News

  • Time is now for Roane boat racer

    Locals have a hometown favorite to root for during boat racing at Kingston’s Smokin’ the Water Fourth of July celebration.

    Tom Burwinkle, who lives South of the River, has been racing several years.He will participate in his first event at Kingston this year after they added his category.

    His boat falls into the 350-cubic-centimeters modified hydroplane class.

    “I’m looking forward to it,” Burwinkle said Wednesday as other boats buzzed in the background.

    Burwinkle said he has wanted to race since he was a child.

  • More grand jury indictments

    The Roane County grand jury returned an indictment in a tree-clipper beating case last week.

    Suspect Joshua Vance Morgan is charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated assault in the Feb. 8 incident.

  • Henry governor’s new chief of staff

    Kingston’s Jim Henry is Gov. Bill Haslam’s new chief of staff, the governor announced this week.

    His appointment makes it the second time in consecutive governors that a Roane Countian has served as a Tennessee governor’s right-hand man.
    David Cooley, formerly of Rockwood, was deputy to former governor Phil Bredesen.

    In 2002, Jim Henry was a candidate in the Republican primary against Bredesen.

    Then-U.S. Rep. Van Hilleary won the primary, but lost to Bredesen.

  • Turning 100 on the 4th

    Roane County’s very own Yankee Doodle Dandy turns 100 on July 4.

    “Jean” Genevieve Forrester – at 4 feet, 10 inches and about 100 pounds – may look frail, but she’s a firecracker, according to family members who are gathering to celebrate her big day.

    Jean lives with her son Stanley Forrester and his wife, Barbara, on Poplar Creek Road.

    Barbara said Jean’s other son, Kenneth in Connecticut, came up with the idea last December.

    “Hey, we need to plan a big party,” he told the family.

  • Development behind flooding?

    Tuesday afternoon’s torrential rains put a scare in one Midtown family.

    Lucille Inman said her granddaughter’s backyard on Keylon Drive resembled a raging river when the downpour came through.

    “It was rolling,” Inman said about the water.

    An outbuilding in the backyard was partially submerged, and Inman’s granddaughter said a picnic table was covered by water during the rains.

    “We’re used to it flooding, just not this heavily,” Makaylia Bailes said.

  • McFarland’s judge bid back before ... judges

    Tom McFarland’s quest to become a judge took him to Knoxville on Wednesday. He appeared before the Tennessee Court of Appeals to argue why his lawsuit contesting the results of last year’s election for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge should go forward.

    Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood tossed it out of Roane County Chancery Court last fall.

  • Do we expect too much as athletes?

    Believe it or not, yes, professional athletes are humans like the rest of us.

    They also, like the rest of us, possess the ability to say some incredible stupid things.

    The only difference is when they say incredibly stupid things, chances are, it’s not going to simply be going gentle into the good night.

    So it should come as no surprise after the Supreme Court’s 5-4 in favor of same-sex marriage last Friday that stupid things were said.

  • FLW Tour Pros Wesley Strader, Brad Knight fall short on Potomac River

    Things didn’t exactly go as planned for local FLW pros Brad Knight and Wesley Strader this past weekend on the Potomac River.

    Neither pro made the cut to compete on day three after Strader, of Rockwood, hauled in only 23 pounds, four ounces to finish in 48th, and Knight, of Lancing, captured 76th place with 21 pounds, 10 ounces.

    Clark Wendlandt, of Leander, Texas, took the top spot with a four-day total of 60 pounds, winning the $125,000 prize.

  • Losses lead former Yellow Jacket Marcus Hutson through life, into medical field

    The last thing a 7-year-old Marcus Hutson was able to give his father was a baseball with the words, “I’ll blast one for you,” written on it.

    The ball, nestled inside his father’s casket would prove not to be a hope, but a promise.

    Just days after Mark Hutson’s funeral, his only son, Marcus, had a game his family wasn’t sure he would play in, but like all the other times before, the Hutson family loaded up and made the trip to the ballpark.

  • Swan Pond cemetery indictment

    The man authorities believe is responsible for vandalizing the Swan Pond Baptist Church cemetery was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last week.

    Kevin Delaney Limburg, 1812 James Ferry Road, Kingston, is charged with theft of property from $10,000 to $60,000 and vandalism from $1,000 to $10,000.

    Limburg was arrested on March 17 for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of a schedule VI drug and evading arrest. He was the prime suspect in the cemetery vandalism, but he wasn’t charged at the time.