Today's News

  • Boat slips awaiting final OK

    Kingston’s boat slip project is in a holding pattern while city officials await final approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and TVA. 

    Both entities jointly held a 30-day public notice period earlier this year, asking for comments on the project, which has had both supporters and detractors since being proposed late last year. 

  • Scant interest in county budget


    Last week’s public hearing on the 2016-17 Roane County budget had virtually no interest from the public. 

    Only one person, Carol Runyan, spoke during the public hearing — and it was about the animal shelter and animals running loose in rural parts of the county. 

  • Haunted Hospital clown indicted

    The case involving a haunted hospital clown has taken another twist.

    Larry Benton Davis, 31, was indicted by the Roane County Grand Jury on June 20 for aggravated sexual battery and assault.

    “I’m glad he did,” the grandmother of the alleged victim told the Roane County News on Wednesday.

    Davis volunteered at the Harriman Fire Department’s Haunted Hospital event at the old Roane Medical Center last October. He wore a clown costume and said it was his job to greet people.

  • Food store wine sales no problem for Kingston liquor store owner

    Atish “Hojo” Kala, the owner of Bootlegger’s Liquor Store in Kingston, said he doesn’t fear competition. He embraces it instead.

    “The thing about competition, it’s supposed to breed success because it makes you get better,” Kala said. “If you don’t have competition, you get complacent.”

    Kala said that’s why he’s not afraid that grocery stores in Tennessee can start selling wine today – Friday.

    “If you don’t adapt and change your ways, you’ll get

  • Boat races attract aficionados from coast to coast

    Every race is a family affair for members of the American Power Boat Association.

    “This really is a family sport,” explains Race Director Kristi Ellison. “It is something we all grew up doing.”

    The group has been moving into Kingston since last week — most heavily Wednesday and Thursday — preparing for races that will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the waterfront.

  • Crash results in DUI

    A Wednesday crash on Interstate 40 resulted in a DUI charge for a Pennsylvania man.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Michael Amata was traveling west near the 356 mile marker around 11:30 a.m. in a 1999 Mercury Mountaineer.

    He ran off the right side of the road, and his vehicle flipped over.

    The report said Amata suffered minor injuries. His vehicle was facing east while it sat in a ditch on the westbound side of the interstate. Debris from the vehicle was strewn around the crash scene.

  • Oneida woman dies after ball hit in Rockwood

    By Ben Garrett

    Courtesy of the Independent Herald

    A well-respected Oneida youth sports referee died unexpectedly Monday morning, two days after being struck in the head by a baseball.

    Jami Huling, 39, of Oneida, died at her home Monday morning, reportedly of a suspected aneurysm.

    According to a family friend, Huling was struck in the head with a baseball while umpiring a youth league game at a benefit baseball tournament in Rockwood on Saturday.

    Reportedly, she had complained of a headache before collapsing Monday.


    At least three Roane County grocery stores are well-prepared for Friday’s landmark wine sales kick-off.

    Kroger in Midtown and Food City stores in Harriman and Kingston have been stocking up for the big day, which will be the first for grocery stores across the state.

    “We got our last shipment today,” said Tony Brogan, lead assistant manager for Kingston’s Food City. “We are ready and expect a big impact with the sales.