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Today's News

  • Dogs to Go: Couple takes restaurant initiative on the road

    Kingston residents Rusty and Jayme Summers have dreamed of owning a restaurant for years.

    Now that dream is, in a way, becoming a reality as the husband-and-wife duo recently purchased a food truck, Vol Dogs.

    “We’ve wanted to do a restaurant, but this opportunity presented itself and it’s a lot more affordable,” Jayme said after Vol Dogs served lunch at Kingston’s Michael Dunn Center on Friday.

  • Roaring River dam to be removed in a joint effort

    An aging dam on the Roaring River will be removed in a multi-organizational effort in late July. The exact date will depend on river conditions and visitors should expect limited access in this area.

    This will be the largest Tennessee dam ever removed for river and stream restoration purposes. The dam is roughly 220 feet across and 15 feet tall. It is located in Jackson County about five miles before the beginning of the lake formed by the Cordell Hull Dam. The Roaring River is designated as a state scenic river and is a destination for paddlers, anglers and swimmers.

  • Jacket golfers “ace” opening week

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets golf team kicked of the season in dramatic fashion this week.

    Playing against the Harriman Blue Devils Tuesday at the Emory Golf Course, Kingston’s Dawson Lane helped make memories for his team and opponents by hitting a hole-in-one. It was on the 255 yard Par Four Hole Five.

    After nine holes of golf the Jackets came out on top against Harriman, 168-216. Low scorer for Kingston was Luke Borum with 38. The Devils’ low man was Drake Gould with a score of 46.

  • Woman rescued from Harriman fire

    Harriman Fire Department rescued a woman from a Harriman Housing Authority home at 912 Clifty St. during the early morning hours on Friday.

    “We had to rescue one lady. When the call came in, we had a call we had a 6-year-old and female (adult) unaccounted for,” said Harriman Deputy Fire Chief Brad Daniels.

  • Sex offender accused of violating registry

    Sex offenders are required to let authorities know what vehicles they drive. 

    Andre Deshawn Boyd allegedly didn’t do so, which prompted state probation/parole officer Timothy Craig to charge him with violation of the sex offender registry. 

    Boyd, 33, is on the registry for an attempted aggravated sexual battery conviction. He pleaded guilty to that charge in Roane County Criminal Court in January. 

  • Houston son says he’s not guilty

    Cody Clyde Houston was arraigned in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday. 

    He faces one count of vandalism under $500 for allegedly damaging the turf on the Midway High School football field. 

  • Mountain man’ to serve 3 years for sex crimes

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks declined to give probation to an Oakdale man who took sexually explicit pictures of a minor. 

    “I’m not sure if the defendant appreciates the seriousness of this offense,” Wicks said. 

  • DA looking into firm tasked with ash spill cleanup

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said he’s been disturbed by some of the things he’s heard from a lawyer representing people who worked on the TVA ash spill cleanup project. So much so that he’s considering launching a criminal probe. 

  • Out to Lunch: Relax with lunch at Harrison's

    The husband of one of my high school classmates recommended our latest “Out To Lunch” adventure at Harrison’s Grill & Bar in Clinton.

    Nathan Stonecipher went to school in Oliver Springs and married Ellis Mae Darby from Oak Ridge. They are both members of our Oak Ridge High School, ’54-’55-’56 Reunion Committee.

    Unfortunately, Nathan and Ellis were traveling out of the state and missed our lunch meeting at Harrison’s.

  • Holding athletes accountable for their actions

    If you keep up with SEC football, surely you’re aware of the name Hugh Freeze and his inglorious fall from grace.

    To catch up those who don’t know about Hugh Freeze, the embattled ex-head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels and a self-professing “man of God.” He was facing numerous sanctions from a pending NCAA investigation and was forced to resign after it was revealed that Freeze called an escort service on a university-issued phone.