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Today's News

  • McFarland challenge before appeals court

    Tom McFarland’s appeal of his election loss is scheduled to be argued before the Tennessee Court of Appeals in Knoxville today — Wednesday.

    Mike Pemberton defeated McFarland in the race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge on Aug. 7, 2014.

    McFarland sued Pemberton, the Roane County Election Commission and Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins in Roane County Chancery Court after his loss.

  • Indictment in child abuse case

    A 3-year-old child allegedly suffered a fractured skull and fractured jaw at the hands of a 21-year-old Kingston man last fall.

    The alleged perpetrator, Dakota Cain Lamping, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last week on four counts of aggravated child abuse.

    Kingston Police Detective Keith Kile said Lamping took the child to Roane Medical Center on Oct. 11, claiming she was injured falling down steps.

  • Troop 101 celebrating 75th year

    Generations of young men have gone through the ranks of Kingston’s Boy Scouts Troop 101.

    In fact, fathers, sons and now grandsons have participated, first as scouts and later as scoutmasters or assistant scoutmasters in the troop’s 75-year history.

    “This is a great troop because it stays active,” said Ted Dailey.

    He and his wife, Laura, are perfect examples of the generational connections the troop has,

  • Kimble Chase pulls for a cause

    Rockwood’s Kimble Chase collected about 1,400 pounds of food for local food banks.

    The effort was part of Kimble Chase’s participation in parent company Gerresheimer’s Week.

    In addition to the local food collection, the company will be making a monetary donation to Second Harvest Food Bank.

    “We wanted something all inclusive that everyone could participate in,” said Heather Hagensee, human resource manager at Kimble Chase.

  • Man gets 30 years for killing stepfather

    A Roane County man who stabbed his stepfather to death earlier this year will serve 100 percent of a 30-year sentence.

    Steven Edward Jones, 46, agreed to a plea agreement Friday to second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Fred Silvey at the home Jones shared with Silvey and Jones’ mother, Carolyn Silvey.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said he is “well pleased with this result, especially in the manner that all sides came together to bring a swift and just result in this tragic crime.”

  • 'Now, We're People': Roane feels effects of Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling with one couple eager to wed, another’s divorce caught in limbo

    A Roane County couple plan to apply for a marriage license at the Roane County Courthouse on Monday in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that makes same-sex marriage legal across the nation.

    Stephen Collins and Nathan Hartsuff have been partners for 18 years after being introduced by Collins’ straight brother.

    “Today is pretty big,” Collins said.

    “It took awhile for me to stop crying. It just means so much,” he added.

  • Pine Ridge Road crossing to close for repairs on June 30

    Travelers who cross the Pine Ridge Road railroad crossing aren’t happy with the condition of the bumpy tracks after the railroad made repairs at the location.

    There is now a sign up saying the crossing will be closed June 30 for repairs.

    “The last inspection performed at this location was June 18, 2015, and the information we have received from the NS Railroad Maintenance of Way Department is that the crossing will be completely reworked/replaced by July 15,” said Mark Nagi, spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

  • County blames trucking firm for damage to Woody Lane during dirt transport

    A Knoxville trucking company could have to fork over some money if a lawsuit filed by Roane County proves successful.

    In 2014, TVA hired Claiborne Hauling to transport dirt from a South of the River farm to the Kingston Fossil Plant for a landfill expansion project.

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson accused the trucking company of damaging Woody Lane during the process.

  • Tyler Farmer indicted by feds

    William Tyler Farmer is no longer just facing criminal charges in state court.

    Last week, a federal grand jury in Chattanooga returned a two-count indictment against him for being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and for receiving stolen firearms.

    Farmer is a Kingston resident. His address is listed as 156 Greystone Way.

    The federal charges stem from a June 12 traffic stop in Meigs County.

    Decatur Police Officer Billy Long stopped Farmer on Hwy. 58 on suspicion of DUI.

  • Bait car too good for man to pass by, deputies say

    A Morgan County man is accused of stealing a car that was set alongside Interstate 40 as bait in the investigation of a rash of car thefts.

    Bernard Wayne Cook, 40, 140 Adams Court, Morgan County, is charged with theft over $1,000 but less than $10,000.

    “There is 20 that have been stolen all together as far west as Cookeville,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    In addition to Roane, Cumberland and Loudon counties have experienced such thefts along I-40.