Today's News

  • Kingston officials tweaking water-leak policy

    The Kingston Water Board is still wrestling with possible changes to its leak policy.

    The utility offers every customer the option of paying for leak protection insurance. The policy, issued by ServeLine, covers one leak per customer per year up to $2,500.

    Since the insurance policy has been available however, uninsured customers have requested adjustments. There have also been requests for adjustments from customers who are under-insured or who need more time to pay the bill.

  • Uncle arrested for beating men with bat

    Two Rockwood men were badly beaten with a baseball bat around midnight April 11 at 705 Elm Ave.

    Leonard Wayne Keith was severely injured and airlifted to University of Tennessee Medical Center. Brian Keith Barnes was taken to Roane Medical Center.

    The suspect accused of striking the pair is Brian Keith Barnes’ uncle, Donald Horace Barnes, 59, who lives at the home.


    Some are calling for a referendum on the Roane County Board of Education’s $68 million building plan.

    “I would hope that a decision of this magnitude would be left to the people through a referendum,” Roane County Tea Party Co-Chairman Gary Johnston said during the public comment time at last week’s Roane County Commission meeting.

    “I think the referendum is an excellent idea,” added Mike Parkison, who also addressed the Commission during the public comment portion of the meeting.

  • Four arrested in connection with stabbing

    Harriman police arrested four people believed to be tied to a March stabbing and shooting.

    Three suspects were taken into custody Thursday, with a fourth arrested Friday in connection with the stabbing of Robert Griffin.

    A fifth suspect is being sought in connection to the incident.

    Police relied on the suspects’ own security video footage and footage from a nearby Harriman Utility Board camera to detail what happened.

  • Going for the GOLD
  • Harriman Care therapists use VirtuSense to help patients

    Routines are insignificant for most, but for those recovering after a surgery or a fall, returning to everyday life is a milestone to celebrate.

    New health-care technology is bringing those everyday milestones closer to reach for many residents at Harriman Care and Rehabilitation.

    This technology, called VirtuSense, is new to the health-care marketplace. It empowers physical therapists to pinpoint metrics down to the centimeter and to help patients return to their everyday lives faster.


    The Kingston McDonald’s was demolished last week to make way for a new building that is expected to open over the summer.

    Owner John Faris said employees won’t be out of a job during construction.

    “The employees we have here have been designated in other locations,” he said. “The Lenoir City location, the Love’s (travel stop) location, Harriman and Rockwood. All the current employees have got a place to work, management and crew.”

  • Nashville attorney takes over as head of Legal Aid Society

    Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands has named attorney DarKenya W. Waller as its new executive director.

    Waller, who previously served as managing attorney of the firm’s Nashville office, replaces Gary Housepian, who served as executive director for the last decade.

    Legal Aid Society serves 48 counties, including Roane, from offices in Oak Ridge, Clarksville, Columbia, Cookeville, Gallatin, Murfreesboro, Nashville and Tullahoma.

  • ExacCare Chamber’s top April business
  • Kingston blanks Rockwood

    Tuesday was great weather for a soccer match, and that’s exactly what happened at Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field in Kington as the Tigers of Rockwood travelled the short trip to Kingston to face the Yellow Jackets.