Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.