Today's News

  • Harriman mourns ‘biggest fan’

    J.D. Sampson didn’t leave anyone doubting his devotion and pride for the city of Harriman.

    “I have always said that J.D. was Harriman’s biggest fan,” said Mayor Chris Mason.

    The former Harriman City Councilman, who died Sunday evening, was well known for putting Harriman first. In his usual soft-spoken candor, he even told people he only shopped and did business in his beloved community.

  • Rocky Houston appeal rejected

    Rocky Houston raised a number of issues in the appeal of his federal firearms conviction.

    They were all rejected Monday by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld the conviction.

    That means Houston, 55, will remain behind bars. He’s serving his nine-year sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Ashland, Ky.

    The conviction stems from his possession of firearms in Roane County.

    In 2010, Houston was convicted in Roane County Criminal Court of felony evading arrest.

  • County, city leaders support study on school initiatives

    The top elected officials of Roane County and its four municipalities have gone on the record to support Roane County Board of Education’s feasibility study and education reform initiative.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody, Harriman Mayor Chris Mason and Kingston Mayor Tim Neal pledged their support during a Jan. 30 meeting at Kingston City Hall, said a Tuesday release from The Roane Alliance.

  • Robotics students building a kingdom for contest

    An occasional clang of metal and an errant knight here or there doesn’t mean visitors have stepped back in time.

    It’s not the clash of swords, but people working diligently on the creation of Roane County’s robot for this year’s TN First Smoky Mountain Regional robotics competition.

    That clumsily clad knight is just instructor Jason Young having a bit of fun getting his students into the spirit of this year’s competition.

  • CASA Winter Blast helps agency help children in need of advocates

    Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Ninth Judicial District held its Winter Blast in downtown Harriman on Saturday.

    The event featured food, entertainment, prizes and appreciation for the volunteers who serve as advocates for the children who end up in the court system through no fault of their own.

    “These are the folks who are actually doing the work for the judges,” Winter Blast emcee Ron Berry said about the CASA volunteers.

  • Knox attorney suspension to affect clients in Roane courts

    Knoxville attorney Bob Vogel has been suspended for one year by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

    His clients include indigent criminal defendants in the 9th Judicial District, which is made up of Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.

    “We’re trying to figure out how many cases we have that this is going to affect,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    Johnson said the one that immediately popped in his head involves Roger Prince, who Vogel represents in Morgan County Criminal Court.


    Nothing is wasted at the Clothes Closet in Kingston.

    “A lot of missions come out of our mission,” explains Kay Catron, director of Kingston United Methodist’s Church’s program, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

    “We use everything. Toiletries [can] go to the homeless shelters or battered women’s shelters, comforters and sheets can be sent to area animal shelters, [old] blue jeans and other material we can’t use, can be used in quilts, so we donate it to one of our volunteers who quilts.

  • City said to be in ‘fact-finding stage’ for new Kingston Pointe

    “The ball is in his court.”

    That’s what Kingston City Manager David Bolling said about Jerry Duncan Ford President and General Manager Marty Duncan, who is proposing to develop Kingston Pointe, a 42-acre tract just off Interstate 40.

    In December, Duncan presented a tentative outline of Kingston Pointe to Kingston City Council during a work session.

    Kingston Pointe would be anchored by the car dealership’s relocation from Harriman and would include additional retail space for other businesses.

  • Baby starts treatment for tumor

    Kayden Christopher is only 6 months old, but he has already brought together the community around him and his family.

    If it were not for the shunt in his head, the sweet-natured child would not show obvious signs of the brain tumor that is threatening his life.

    However, the tiny youngster is now blind and fighting for his life, and his family have turned to their faith in God and prayers that the chemotherapy they are attempting will save his life.