Today's News

  • Sewer line access issue resolving

    Despite the scary language in a recent resolution, Kingston officials believe a sewer line problem — access to which is blocked by a private garage — can be resolved without incident.

    “We’ve met with the homeowners involved,” said City Manager Jim Pinkerton. “I’m hopeful we’ll be able to negotiate an arrangement. We’re just asking for the authority to do whatever we might need to do.”

  • THP lieutenant goes back for degree

    Many people decide to return to school — often out of necessity:  to overcome a layoff, increase skills or because of a feeling of unfinished business.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Jessie Brooks, 55, falls into the last group.

    Brooks has made a career out of law enforcement, but recently he decided he wanted to accomplish a longtime goal of finishing his criminal justice degree.

  • Assessor contest draws crowd to Tea Party forum

    Experience or a need for fresh blood.

    That’s the decision voters will have to come to, according to two candidates vying for the Roane County property assessor seat this August.

    A candidates forum hosted by the Roane County Tea Party drew a crowd to the Kingston Community Center last Thursday to hear from  incumbent Teresa Kirkham and challenger David Morgan.

    Congressional candidate Scottie Mayfield also spoke.

  • Drug arrests linked to deaths

    Twenty Roane Countians were arrested as part of a multi-county round-up after a federal grand jury in Knoxville returned an indictment charging all with oxycodone trafficking and money laundering conspiracies.

    In some cases, those charged may face life in prison or 20 years to life because deaths tied to oxycodone use may be connected to the drug trafficking charges, said a release from U.S. Attorney General’s Office Eastern District of Tennessee.

  • Lane shines in all-star game
  • Nesbit enjoys teaching at camp

    Whether it’s a Roane State 18-year-old or a kid from Roane County that’s eight years old, Roane State head coach Randy Nesbit loves teaching the game of basketball and takes pride in seeing his players improve.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Foundation of friends invaluable

    I’ve been through a rough patch lately.
    I wrote openly about my now-dismissed legal situation, and about running over my cat Pony (the splint should be coming off soon). I also had some bumps in my love life, but we are in a better place now.
    This column isn’t about those situations, but about the people who have helped me find my way through.
    I am blessed with one of the strongest networks of friends a person could have.

  • Protective custody for starvation couple

    Matthew and Amanda Dotson, the parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death, are being held in protective custody at the Roane County Jail.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton said the situation was out of concern that they might be harmed by other inmates. 
    “It’s our job to protect them,” he said. 
    The Dotsons were booked into the Roane County Jail late Tuesday.
    They were indicted by the Roane County grand jury this week for first-degree murder in the death of their son.

  • Cuts still threat to school budget

    The Roane County Budget Committee voted 3-0 to recommend the 2012-13 school budget to the County Commission, but school officials may want to continue following the situation until the budget process comes to a close.
    After the unanimous vote and after Director of Schools Toni McGriff and school business manager Eric Harbin left the June 14 meeting at the courthouse, the committee continued to scrutinize the school budget.
    Commissioner Steve Kelley even indicated he might propose a change to the $69.4 million plan before it goes to the county commission for a vote.

  • Principal named for Dyllis Springs Elementary School

    Outgoing Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff said Gwen Johnson will be the first principal of the new Dyllis Springs Elementary School.
    Johnson had been serving as the principal of Oliver Springs Elementary School.
    McGriff said Kendra Inman, who had been principal at Dyllis Elementary School, will be the assistant principal at the new school.
    Dyllis Elementary closed after the 2011-12 school year.
    The new school, which was part of the system’s $32 million building program, is scheduled to open for the 2012-13 school year.