Today's News

  • Councilman’s blood-alcohol high

    A new court date has not been set for Kingston City Councilman Kevin McClure for his driving under the influence arrest on May 22.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton said McClure had a blood-alcohol level of .21. The legal limit is .08.
    “That came straight from the officer,” Stockton said Monday afternoon.
    McClure’s original Roane County General Sessions court date was Monday, Aug. 20, reset to Monday, Aug. 27.
    His attorney, Tom McFarland, was not reached for comment by press time.

  • Silence in video in resigned cop case

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton released video taken from the patrol car of the deputy who arrested Rockwood Fire Department Capt. David Mitchell on Aug. 26.
    The District Attorney General’s Office chose not to prosecute Mitchell for obstruction of justice and resisting arrest after Deputy Derek Kennedy resigned.
    According to a report Kennedy filed, Mitchell asked dispatch to send a wrecker service after his granddaughter Miranda wrecked a BMW in the Buttermilk Road area.

  • County lets Morgan do own job

    The Roane County Commission voted 13-0 to withdraw a resolution that called for the county to contract with a former employee of the property assessor’s office.
    County Executive Ron Woody filed the resolution at the request of the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office. The former employee under consideration was Melvin Moore, who the resolution said retired.

  • ‘Santek Project’ needs more info

    The Roane County Industrial Development Board has a special-called meeting today — Wednesday — to discuss the “Santek Project.”
    Santek is a solid waste management company headquartered in Cleveland, Tenn.
    Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, said Santek is considering a site in the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

  • ‘Rare’ exhibit treat for art lovers

    Local art enthusiasts had a chance to view the work of African American artist Harold Winslow during an exhibit hosted Aug. 31-Sept. 10 by the main campus of Roane State Community College.
    A sampling of Winslow’s works were on display in both the O’Brien Art Gallery and the lobby of Roane State’s Library.
    “It’s rare that we get an exhibit on the retrospective on an established artist,” said Bryan Wilkerson, associate professor of art at Roane State Community College.

  • Man’s death appears to be accidental

    The death of a 50-year-old man on Monday may have been the result of a gun-cleaning accident.
    “It appeared that he was cleaning his shotgun and shot himself in the chest,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.
    The incident happened at 810 Dogwood Valley Road in East Roane County.
    Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Russell responded and reported finding Ronnie Jaynes in the basement laying on the floor with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the chest.

  • Kingston explores solar energy

    Mayor Troy Beets has a vision for Kingston to enter the farming business, but it won’t require any gardening tools or a green thumb.
    At a recent meeting of the Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council in Cookeville — Beets is on the council’s board — members heard a presentation from a company that builds solar farms, or clusters of electricity-producing solar farms, on public lands or on building tops.

  • Oak Ridge celebrating 70 years as Secret City of World War II

    Community organizers will commemorate Oak Ridge’s anniversary through a heritage celebration planned for Sept. 19, the 70th anniversary of the creation of the World War II Secret City, and the first site of the Manhattan Project.

    On Sept. 19, 1942, Lt. Gen. Leslie R. Groves of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made the decision to acquire 90 square miles of East Tennessee farmland to be the location for the first site of the Manhattan Project facilities.

  • Military Matters: Joshua S. Boles

    Army Reserve Pvt. Joshua S. Boles recently graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

    A 2011 graduate of Rockwood High School, the soldier is the son of Beth Mitchell of Harriman  and Scottie Boles of Rockwood.

    During the nine weeks of training, Boles received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Chaney 50th

    Allen and Glenna Chaney will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 15.

    They will be honored by their children with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 in Sunbright Community Center.

    No invitations will be sent; the couple requests no gifts.