Today's News


    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.

  • Referendum mulled for Harriman sales tax hike

    From staff reports

    Harriman officials are considering a sales tax increase referendum to be placed on an upcoming ballot.

    The item is on the Harriman City Council agenda for discussion and possible action.

    The Council meets in regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Harriman Municipal Complex.

    Earlier this year, Council members discussed ways to generate additional revenue to support city services.

    One idea was to approach residents to raise the sales tax rate, which would require a referendum put to the city’s voters.

  • Many show up for Islam talk; Aytes says schools not promoting religion of any kind

    A large crowd showed up at the Kingston Community Center Thursday night to hear Craig Honeycutt’s presentation on Islam in Tennessee schools.

    He said Islam was taught at his daughter’s middle school in Bristol.

    “I sat my daughter down and I said, ‘Honey, what do you want to do?’” he said. “Do you want to take the class, or do you want to take the zero?”

    Honeycutt said he was surprised when his daughter told him she wanted to take the class.


    Mary Trout used to walk to Harriman Food City, and she can still make it on foot to nearby United Grocery Outlet if need be.

    Now, she doesn’t have to.

    Instead, she can now rely on a new volunteer transportation program called Round About Roane.

    “It is a godsend,” Trout proclaimed Monday. “It is answers to a prayer, not just for me but a lot of people. It just so turns out it is helping me.”

  • Work complete at double fatality site

    The scene of a terrible tragedy nearly two years ago recently became a little safer.

    Crossing gates, signs and bells were installed at the Mountain View Road railroad crossing near Harriman.

    “I’m happy to see this happen, but it’s a sad happiness because it took a tragedy of kids losing their lives to see this happen,” said Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson.

  • Beleaguered assessor seeks second term

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan is planning to seek another term.

    He filed his petition to run in the Aug. 4 election on Tuesday.

    “Roane County needs an honest man in this office, and I feel that most will agree we have that now,” Morgan said.

    Morgan was elected to the position in 2012 after defeating longtime incumbent Teresa Kirkham.

    His ability to do the job has been questioned throughout his tenure.

  • Puckett sentenced to two years for role in pill mill

    Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan was lenient with Michael Puckett on Wednesday, but not as lenient as his supporters had hoped. Varlan sentenced Puckett to two years in federal prison for his role in an East Tennessee prescription pill conspiracy.

    “I’m sorry,” Puckett said during his opportunity to address the court.

    Puckett, 45, pleaded guilty last June to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of oxycodone.

  • Woman charged with firing gun during dispute

    A 59-year-old woman was arrested on Jan. 31 for allegedly firing a gun during a domestic incident.

    Sharon J. Tinker, 1313 Mountain View Road, Rockwood, is charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment with a weapon involved.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Edwards was dispatched to Tinker’s address to investigate a report of a domestic involving a firearm.

    He said he spoke with Tinker when he arrived.