Today's News

  • Kingston police bust card counterfeiters

    Kingston law enforcement is working with the U.S. Secret Service to learn more about a credit card counterfeiting operation busted at an area motel last week.

    Detectives say it’s the largest such operation discovered in the area in recent memory.

    More than 80 credit cards, blank cards, a card-making machine and a laptop computer capable of loading information onto the cards was discovered after information developed through a traffic stop Friday morning led Kingston police to a Motel 6 on Gallaher Road later that day.

  • Rider hurt in bike crash

    A Harriman man is recovering from serious injuries after a motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon on Swan Pond Circle Road.

    Shane Whittenbarger, 37, Harriman, was taken to Parkwest Medical Center by ambulance.

    “I thank God first and foremost for watching over my husband and for allowing him to be here with us today,” said his wife, Tiffany Whittenbarger.

    “I know that difficult circumstances, hard situations and painful circumstances are a sign of God’s love and faithfulness to us.”

  • Woman moons Walmart employee

    A Rockwood woman said she mooned a Walmart loss prevention employee on May 18 because she was upset about being followed.

    “If he would have just told me who he was, everything would have been OK,” Tiffany Laura Edwards said.

    Rockwood police charged her with criminal trespass and indecent exposure in the incident.

    Edwards, 37, is not allowed on Walmart property, but she said she went there on May 18 to meet her parents.

    “I was in a bind,” she said.

  • Memorial Day 2016: Never Forget

    Roane County paid tribute to those who paid the ultimate price for freedom during Memorial Day services in Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood.

  • ‘It’s a fantastic thing to be remembered’

    Five Korean War veterans stood solemnly as a red, white and blue wreath was placed at the site of Harriman’s Korean War memorial.

    “It is a fantastic thing to be remembered,” said Otto Barnes, a Korean War veteran.

    Barnes and fellow Korean War veteran Clyde Jones were the inspiration for the appearance of the two statues at the Korean War memorial in Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park, which will eventually feature three statues.

  • Church trailer among burglary items recovered

    Prayers were answered for City Hills Church in Knoxville.

    The black cargo trailer the church uses to store and transport equipment to West Valley Middle School was stolen recently, but some astute work by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office has it back in church custody.

    “I’m just grateful the church got their property back,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    Shanks said he didn’t expect to see the trailer again after it was stolen.

  • Meth charges against area duo

    Two Rockwood residents were charged with possession of methamphetamine after Kingston Police Officers responded to a tip Saturday.

    Kingston police received a call from an informant Saturday who said he had just left a room at the Lakeview Motel where illegal activity was being conducted. The informant gave names of the people in the room and it was determined that Billy Allen McLean, 37, of Rockwood had two warrants outstanding.

  • Kingston puts new tractor to work

    Kingston officials came for a sneak peek at the new tractor for mowing city rights of way last week.

    Those who came to see the newly arrived tractor and compare it to the one it will be replacing include Kingston Manager David Bolling, Kingston City Council members Don White, Sarah Humphreys and John Byrkit, Mayor Tim Neal, Public Works Director Tim Clark and operator Randy Walker.

  • Alleged assault part of Smoot’s ‘bad acts’ tally

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks is pondering what to do about the alleged bad acts prosecutors want to introduce during Shawn Smoot’s upcoming murder trial.

    Wicks didn’t make a decision following two days of hearings in Loudon County earlier this month.

    Smoot is accused of killing Brooke Nicole Morris in Roane County on Oct. 15, 2011.

    Her body was found at the intersection of Blair Road and Old Blair Road. Police said she was shot to death.

  • Digging Up CEMETERY Records

    Tammi Barger is helping the town of Oliver Springs solve hundreds of mysteries.

    She is singlehandedly working to identify cemetery inhabitants in Oliver Springs Cemetery by taking pictures of each plot and tombstone — more than 500 at last estimate.

    Records have been lost over the years, and there is little knowledge of many who are buried in the town-owned cemetery. It is at least 100 years old, but it’s not clear its exact age.