Today's News

  • Kingston woman charged in rape of child

    Elizabeth Ashley Crisp, a 33-year-old Kingston woman, is accused of child rape.
    The Roane County grand jury indicted her on June 17.
    She was arrested on June 28.
    According to the indictment, the male victim was younger than 13 years old.
    The alleged crime occurred late last year.
    Crisp also faces a theft charge in Roane County General Sessions Court.
    The rape charge was filed in criminal court.
    Donnie Joe Golden, a 35-year-old Oakdale man, is charged with aggravated sexual battery and child rape.

  • Giving voice to Kylie

    Kylie Hurst smiles at the two girls at the playground, using American Sign Language to say “baby girl.”
    Her grandmother, Kim Ezell, sees this often as the 2-year-old, who has been deaf since birth, enthusiastically approaches children who do not know what to make of her silence.

    “She’ll run up to these children and she’ll move that mouth 90 miles per hour and nothing will come out. They just look at her and walk off. It is sad, because she doesn’t realize they can’t hear her,” Kim Ezell said.

  • Oakdale men indicted in Roane County burglary

    Two men arrested last October for a Sept. 28, 2012, burglary and robbery at a Roane State Hwy. apartment have now been indicted.
    Gordon Wesley Gillespie, 23, and Sean Thomas Eken, 24, both of Oakdale, were indicted on one count of aggravated robbery, theft of property and aggravated burglary.
    Original police reports said an officer was dispatched to Roane State Highway where Bryan Strand was lying in the bed when two men broke into the apartment.

  • Yager paves way for state capitol documentary

    It has endured an army occupation, the interment of two of its founding fathers, and a car cruising through its hallways.
    The Tennessee State Capitol building has many great stories to tell — and some of those stories were revealed in a documentary about the building that premiered last week.
    The project is a result of the Tennessee General Assembly’s approval of Public Chapter No. 557, sponsored by state Rep Jim Coley and state Sen. Ken Yager.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Grief burns fiercely as Arizona wildfire

    I once lived at the base of Mingus Mountain in central Arizona.
    Mingus separated the folks of Cottonwood, where I lived, from our friends and neighbors to the south in Prescott.
    Both sides of that rugged, broad-shouldered mountain were beautiful. We didn’t share the Sonoran Desert landscape that defines Phoenix and Tucson. There was no saguaro cactus pointing this way and that.

    This was high desert, with grasslands, scrub oaks and deeply scented forests of juniper and pinion pine.
    Summers are tricky in these parts.

  • Tennessee Technological University graduates: Spring 2013

    Twenty-five Tennessee Technological University students from Roane County received degrees during spring commencement.

    They include:

    Harriman — Cameron Chase Bruse, Courtney Lerie Wicks-Pelfrey, Hailey D. Bryant, Jennifer Lynn Best, Kelly A. Smith and Patricia Alexandria Stricklan.

    Kingston — Chelsey Brooke Shipwash, Craig Alan Bernstorf, Jessica Knox, Joseph Tyler Stephenson, Kaley Delane Maguire, Mollie A. Swallows, Sarah Elizabeth Hall and Tia Marie Repscher.

  • Church Calendar: July 8-14

    • Kingston First Baptist Church Young at Heart will meet at 10:30 a.m. in Kingston United Methodist Church at 212 W. Church St. (Note: new meeting site.) U.S. Marshal Derrick Swenson will present the program. Those attending are asked to bring meat, meat dish, vegetables or dessert for the following potluck meal; drinks and bread will be provided. The group will meet at the new site until renovations at Kingston First Baptist Church are complete in early 2014.


  • Meet this year's RSCC honorees from Roane County

    Michelle Edwards of Rockwood is the recipient of the prestigious President's Award at Roane State Community College.

    The award is the highest student honor given by the college.

    Also nominated for the honor were Daniel Miget and Corey Reed, both of Kingston.

    Ten Mile's Aaron Fielding is the recipient of the college's Outstanding Freshman Award.

  • Area shutterbugs invited to show off skills in Obed exhibit

    The National Park Service invites photographers to submit entries for an exhibit at the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center.

    The National Park Service is looking for striking digital images of nature, highlighting the diversity of life in the park.

    Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, weather or people interacting with nature within the Obed Wild and Scenic River.

    All photographs, except those submitted as artistic, should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.

  • Samford University graduates: Spring 2013

    Steven Cody Wattenbarger of Ten Mile recently graduated from Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

    Samford University is in Birmingham, Ala.