Today's News

  • Teen murder suspect transferred to criminal court

    A 16-year-old boy charged with second-degree murder in the Aug. 28, 2016, shooting death of MarStratton Gordon will be facing those charges in Roane County Criminal Court.

    Judge Terry Stephens ruled that Jacob Kinney should be moved from Roane County Juvenile Court to Roane County Criminal Court at a hearing Wednesday, June 14.

    It’s a relief to the family of Gordon, who were in attendance.

    “It needs to be taken out of juvenile without getting a slap on the wrist,” said stepfather James Turner.

  • Champs more than just a little sting

    Usually, most people think that a brand name automatically makes a product the best as far as quality. This isn’t alway the case. Just ask the Kingston Sting, a fifth-grade girls basketball team unafilliated with the AAU.

    This team of young ladies started as a team that grew out of a recreation league in Kingston six years ago.

    “These girls have played together for a long time,” said Matt Fritz, an involved parent, “They all made the middle school team.

  • Kingston summer swim team kicks off home schedule with new coach

    The Kingston summer swim team kicks off the 2017 home campaign with a meet against Emerald Youth Thursday evening at the Kingston Community Center.

    The team will have a new coach to show the way this year in Morgan Warner. Warner is a teacher for Roane County Schools when she isn’t spending time in the water.


    Roane County will likely be declared a federal disaster area as a result of damage caused by the May 27 storm, officials said this week.

    The storm caused more than $1 million in damage to electrical lines, knocking out power to thousands and downing trees that damaged homes and blocked roads.

  • Teen may be tried as adult

    A Harriman teen may face a second-degree murder charge in adult court.

    Jacob Kinney is set to appear for a hearing to determine whether his case will remain in juvenile court or be tried as an adult in criminal court.

    “It is still set for Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.,” said District Attorney Russell Johnson of the hearing.

    If they are successful, Kinney will be transferred to adult court, Johnson said.

    Kinney was 15 when he shot and killed his sister’s boyfriend, 23-year-old MarStratton Gordon, on Aug. 28, 2016.

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  • Harriman Gardens fire damages nine units

    Harriman Fire Department contained a fire to one apartment at Harriman Gardens after receiving a call around 9:40 p.m. Friday, June 9.

    “The resident called and said the bed was on fire in the bedroom,” said Harriman Fire Department Deputy Chief Brad Daniels.

    “It was contained to the one apartment, but on the floor there was smoke damage to the hallways,” said Daniels.

    The fire started in apartment 302 in building B.

  • Woman’s lawsuit claims swing injured her hand

    A Kingston woman claims she suffered a severe hand injury because of a defective swing at Roane County Park. She’s now seeking $75,000 in damages from the county in a lawsuit.

    The incident happened on March 6, 2016. The lawsuit was filed earlier this year.

    “Plaintiff, Caroline McDavid, avers that she was safely swinging on a swing set at Roane County Park when the S-hook attaching the seat of the swing to the chain on plaintiff’s swing came loose causing plaintiff to fall to the ground and injure her hand,” the lawsuit said.

  • School board votes to fund Chromebook computer plan

    From staff reports

    A unanimous vote of the Board of Education last week put Roane County another step closer to the full implementation of the 1:the World initiative that would put a laptop computer into the hands of every child in the school system.

    The school board voted to fund the program for the 2017-18 school year as part of an effort that could take several years to complete.

    During the 2017-18 year 1,270 devices will be added. More than 1,000 new devices will be added each year.

  • OFF the CUFF: Regular meetings are regular for a reason

    The late J.D. Sampson took his responsibility as a Harriman City Council member seriously.

    A Shop at Home advocate long before it was in vogue, J.D. made sure to buy his groceries, gas and staples in Harriman so his beloved city would benefit from the tax dollars his purchases generated.

    He was also a stickler about meeting attendance. Sampson vacations were planned around the first and second Tuesday of each month so J.D. could be in town and present for both regular Council meetings.