Today's News

  • AAA: gas prices down, insurance rates up

    According to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse survey, 37 percent of Tennesseans have not reviewed their auto insurance policy with an agent in the past year.

    “Many drivers, even those who have not had a recent crash or have points on their license, have seen their auto insurance rates rise this year,” said Gene Calkins, AAA’s vice president of insurance.

  • GLIMPSES: Thoughts on presidential succession


    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column: 1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

    UNPRECEDENTED! Nothing more clearly reflects the American mind in 2016 than our unprecedented use of this adjective and its countless synonyms – exceptional, unparalleled, unique, and so on.


    Hundreds of triathletes from across the state and the Southeast gathered under cloudy skies at 58 Landing on the banks of the Clinch River in Kingston Saturday to tackle the Storm The Fort Iron Man triathlon.

    In its fifth year, the combined swimming, biking and running endurance event saw a great turnout, according to Rick Ross, Kingston Parks and Recreation Director.

    About 245 athletes and 10 relay teams had preregistered registered by Thursday night.

    About 300 athletes were participating by the start of the event early Saturday morning, Ross said.

  • No mail, no meds

    A dispute with the United States Postal Service over driving conditions on Briggs Drive near Midtown has resulted in two homebound women being unable to have their medication delivered to their home.

    The women and two other homes at the end of Briggs Drive were affected when the Postal Service declared the dead-end was unsafe to turn around in.

    The Postal Service sent letters directing the residents to put their mailboxes at the bottom of a nearby steep hill.

  • Bellying up for apologies?

    Roane County Commissioner Junior Hendrickson said he’ll apologize to Rockwood resident Roberta Dennis for a run-in the two had last month — but she has to do something in return.

    Hendrickson said he told her husband, John Dennis, as much when the two spoke after the Aug. 8 County Commission meeting.

    “He asked me if it would be too much trouble to apologize to his wife,” Hendrickson recalled.

  • Liz Holiway tapped as state GOP elector

    Harriman resident Liz Holiway has been appointed a 2016 presidential elector by the Tennessee Republican party’s State Executive committee.

    Ten individuals were tapped from across the state to meet Dec. 19 and cast their electoral ballots in the House Chamber of the Tennessee Capitol.

    “These people have been instrumental in the success of the Republican Party and we are proud to name them as electors to represent our state,” said Ryan Haynes, Tennessee Republican Party chairman.


    Melanie Sherrod admits she knows nothing about trees.

    “But I believe in trees,” the Kingston woman says with conviction.

    The proof is in what will be Sherrod’s fifth STIHL Tour des Trees, a weeklong event for the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund) set for Oct. 10-15.

    The 608-mile long trip starts and ends in Charlotte, N.C., Sherrod said, noting that the cyclical trail will go through Sanford, N.C. — hometown of her late husband, Mark — where a tree will be planted in his memory.

  • Deputies say uncle let teens drink

    An uncle was arrested earlier this month after three intoxicated teens, along with empty and partially filled beer cans, were allegedly found at his home.

    Terry L. Brannon, 47, is charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, although the teens are all 18 years old.

    According to the warrant, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Seth Hammons responded to 514 Emory Heights Road around 2:45 a.m. on Aug. 13 to investigate a report about unwanted people at the residence.

  • Ferguson leader in campaign fundraising

    Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson outraised his opponents by a wide margin in the weeks leading up to the Aug. 4 election.

    According to his latest campaign financial disclosure statement, he received $5,350 in contributions from July 1 to July 25.

    His biggest contributors during the period were Steve Kirkham and Robyn Menne. Each gave $1,000.

    Ferguson defeated Tim Clark and Brian Mullins in the election.