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Today's News

  • Alleged machete robber nabbed

    Kingston police made an arrest in the machete-man holdup at a Kingston convenience store less than 24 hours after the robbery was reported.

    The machete-wielding suspect took cash and fled from the Exxon at 1007 E. Race St. Saturday.

    Thomas Joshua Branham, 33, 124 Waston Lane, Harriman, was arrested Sunday afternoon at a hotel at 1200 N. Kentucky St. in Kingston.

  • Key highway patrol officer has local ties

    A former Roane Countian has been promoted from major to lieutenant colonel supervising the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Field Operations Bureau.

    John Albertson has led the Special Investigations Bureau since 2011, having first served as a lieutenant and statewide commander of the Critical Incident Response Team. He has served in various assignments within the Criminal Investigations Division, including years as a narcotics investigator, according to a news release announcing his promotion.

  • AAA says record travel expected over Christmas holidays

    The year-end holiday season should see the highest travel volume on record.

    AAA projects 98.6 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season, an increase of 4 percent from the 94.8 million people who traveled last year. The year-end holiday period is defined as Tuesday, Dec. 23, to Sunday, Jan. 4.

    Highlights from Holiday Travel Forecast:

    •More than 89.5 million travelers (91 percent of total volume) will celebrate the holidays with a road trip, an increase of 4.2 percent from 2013

  • TRAPPED: Sparta man caught in trench for four hours

    A man working on a sewer project Friday afternoon became trapped in a ditch when a portion of it collapsed.

    Authorities were releasing neither the man’s name nor his condition at press time.

    “I was just praying he fell just the right way and they could get to him quick enough,” said Emily Clark, who lives near the construction site on Midtown’s Moses Lane.

    “They got his face and chest uncovered before anybody got here,” added her mother, Kim Clark.

  • Condo owners’ tax bills decrease

    The change in the way a group of Kingston condominiums are classified has resulted in a lower total market appraisal for those condo owners.

    Among them is Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan, whose property’s total market appraisal dropped $9,300.

    “Our area supervisor, Keith Gibson, actually pointed out that any buildings that were classified as condos, but owned the land underneath them by deed, were actually supposed to be listed as a townhouse,” Morgan said.

  • Indiana company acquires Rockwood’s Capstan

    Netshape Technologies of Floyds Knobs, Ind., has acquired Rockwood’s Capstan Tennessee Inc. and expects only growth in the future.

    Don Leonard, chief marketing officer for NetShape Technologies Inc., said employees at the Rockwood facility should not be concerned about their future.

    “We really don’t see any significant changes — especially in the short term,” Leonard said.

    “The only thing we’ll see in the long term is growth.”

  • Group wants to help Rockwood shelter

    Rockwood Animal Shelter is in need of a makeover, and some Rockwood residents are gearing up to help make it a reality.

    In fact, One Stop Pet Shop owner Joseph Clapp is starting an organization not only geared at helping with volunteer manpower but funds to help make needed repairs at the shelter, but once that is complete to help needy pet owners in the area.

    “If we can fix that place up down there, we’ll do it,” said Clapp.

  • Caney Creek Road fire under investigation

    A one-story wooden frame structure at 321 Caney Creek Road, Rockwood caught fire Thursday evening.

    West Roane Fire Chief Charlie Redwine said no one was injured or living in the structure.

    “Right now, it is suspicious in nature and is under investigation,” Redwine said.

    East Roane, Blair and Midtown Volunteer Fire Departments assisted in getting the blaze extinguished.

  • Westcare Foundation to assist with substance abuse, mental health issues

    Westcare Foundation will have an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today, Monday.

    The organization focuses on providing assistance with substance abuse and mental health issues.

    It is opening outpatient services at 229 Carter Ave., Harriman, former site of Courts of Praise Church.

    For more information about the program visit www.westcare.com or call Jenny Tippens at 306-3746 or Lori Rodgers at 394-1356.

    Refreshments will be provided.

  • County executive takes a dive

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody didn’t have any scuba diving experience, but that didn’t stop him.

    Last week, he went under the sea in Florida to visit Roane State Community College professors Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain. The two have been living at Jules’ Undersea Lodge at the Marine Resources Development Foundation in Key Largo, breaking a record for underwater living.

    “It was a wonderful experience,” Woody said.