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Today's News

  • Big hole shuts down Lawnville Road

    A section of Kingston’s Lawnville Road was shut down Wednesday afternoon so the Roane County Road Department could repair a hole that formed in the road.

    It occurred in the same spot where a precast concrete box culvert was installed to replace a bridge.

    “It was an old wood bridge,” Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said.

    “We went in and tore it out and put the precast culvert in.”

  • THP’s Brooks up for Cleveland police chief

    Tennessee Highway Patrol Capt. Jessie Brooks is a finalist for the police chief’s job in Cleveland.

    He’s one of three finalists who will be interviewed next month for the top lawman’s position in the Southeast Tennessee city.

    “It is an opportunity that may not happen again, and I thought I better give it a shot and see what happens,” said Brooks.

    “I’ve got 34 years (with THP) and we have mandatory retirement at 60 — and I’m 59.”

  • Fake bill turns up in Kingston

    A man who reportedly tried to pass a fake $100 bill at the Kingston McDonald’s last week stuck around to explain to police how it got in his possession.

    According to a report filed by Sgt. Roy Montgomery, Timothy Dale Vaughn said he got the bill when he sold a riding lawnmower for $300 to a man off Craigslist.

    “Mr. Vaughn stated he spent some of the money at Walmart in Rockwood and a gas station in Midtown and had no problems with those $100 bills,” the report said.

  • Harriman teen adds another assault charge

    Days before she’s scheduled to appear in court for an alleged stabbing, a Harriman teen is in more trouble with the law.

    Alicia Eskridge, 19, was charged with aggravated domestic assault on Aug. 14 after she allegedly beat up her mother in the parking lot of the Eagle Food Mart on Georgia Street.

    According to the warrant, Peggy Anderson told police that Eskridge got out of a green Silverado and “dove into the car” she was in and started striking her.

  • Kingston area REU outage on Thursday to help prevent others

    Parts of Kingston will be affected by a planned Rockwood Electric Utility power outage on Thursday.

    Affected areas will be along Paint Rock Ferry Road.

    “Power will be out beginning at or around 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27, and should be restored by 1 p.m.,” REU manager Kendall Bear said.

    “It will affect about 200 customers.”

    The affected area includes Lakeside Golf Course, Lakeside Drive, Onlake Drive, Thornton Lane, Sylvan Way and Sawmill Road, 496-979 Old Johnson Valley, Wise Road and Huff Road.

  • Deadly, dangerous flakka found at East Roane County residence

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes responded to an East Roane County residence earlier this month and reported finding the drug flakka.

    “That stuff is dangerous,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    According to the sheriff’s office, flakka is another version of bath salts.

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse said flakka can cause hyperstimulation, paranoia and hallucinations that can cause violent aggression and self-injury.

  • Cub Scouts don’t go off HALF-COCKED
  • Wicks up for criminal court judge appointment

    Jeff Wicks has been a general sessions court judge in Roane County since 2006.

    He hopes to continue serving as a judge, just in a different position.

    Wicks has applied for the 9th Judicial District criminal court judge seat that’s being vacated by E. Eugene Eblen.

    “I feel it’s time for me to step up and go from general sessions court judge to criminal court judge,” Wicks said Tuesday.

    “I enjoy criminal law and I believe that my background and experience has prepared me for this position.”

  • Crabtree in as Rockwood fire chief

    Rockwood Fire Department’s Matt Crabtree served as interim fire chief since Mike Wertz retired earlier this year.

    He’s no longer interim — Rockwood City Council made it official by appointing him to the position on Monday.

    “I want to thank the mayor and the Council for the opportunity,” Crabtree said.

    “We’ll try to do the best job we can. Chief Wertz was very supportive while he was still here,” he added.

  • Roane animal shelter dealing with parvo cases

    A GoFundMe account was started earlier this summer to provide parvo shots for animals at the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    “Due to the number of incoming animals, we’re primarily trying to give the shots to the puppies,” Animal Control Director John Griffin said at the Aug. 20 Animal Control Advisory Committee meeting. “We’re not really trying to vaccinate the adult dogs so that we can save as many puppies as we can.”

    Parvo is a contagious viral disease that can be fatal for dogs.