Today's News

  • Lights out for Kingston corridor plan



    Kingston’s plan to draw much-needed retail business to the city’s Gallaher Road corridor took what Mayor Troy Beets called “a kick in the mouth” recently.

    For years, the city has been taking steps to draw “upscale retail” businesses to the corridor.

    It has made zoning changes, annexed parcels and extended water and sewer lines.

    The hitch came with one of the last parts of the plan — lighting the interchange at Interstate 40.

  • Little white house could cost taxpayers $310,000



    Roane County Executive Mike Farmer said he doesn’t want people going through a metal detector to do business on the third floor of the courthouse.

    Because of that, the county could end up investing around $310,000 in a small white house adjacent to the new jail.

    The county purchased the house from Jon and Mary Wilson in August 2007.

    According to the Tennessee Real Estate Assessment Data Web site, the house had an appraised value of $99,000. However, the county paid $132,221 to buy it.

  • All-District 3-A Team announced


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    The coaches in District 3-A recently got together to choose their all-district team and a total of 25 players from Roane County were named to the squad.

    Rockwood senior Ian Walls and Harriman junior Dimitrique Inman received the two biggest awards as Walls was named the 2009 District 3-A Lineman of the Year while Inman was tabbed as 2009 District 3-A Offensive Player of the Year.

    Walls and Inman were two of seven superlatives on the squad.

  • Fire displaces retirement community resident



    A fire at Harriman Gardens Monday night has displaced one resident of the retirement community.

    “It was controlled real quick, controlled to that one apartment,” Harriman Assistant Fire Chief Brad Daniels said.

    Daniels said when firefighters arrived, no sign of fire was visible from outside. It was different inside, however. Two firefighters went inside to a hallway and found heavy smoke.

    The firefighters evacuated anyone in danger and began an internal attack on the fire, according to Daniels.

  • Harriman sweeps Unaka


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    The Harriman Blue Devils and Lady Blue Devils ended 2009 in style as both teams recently downed Unaka in the final day of play in the 2009 Harriman Christmas Classic.

    Harriman's girls opened play and were never seriously threatened on their way to a 63-42 victory. The Blue Devils had a little tougher time, but they still picked up a double-digit victory with a 72-59 win over the Rangers.

  • More skepticism of TVA involvement on reports



    The Tennessee Department of Health’s recently released draft public health assessment on the ash spill underwent a TVA review before it was made public.

    Apparently that’s a common practice among agencies that have studied the disaster.  

    “We call it a courtesy review,” said Jeff Steevens, a research biologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center.

    The ERDC looked into how Emory River dredging would impact fish.

  • Houston spitting incident going to court



    Rocky Houston is still awaiting a decision from an appeals court about his murder case.

    However, an unrelated matter that involved a scuffle with officers is moving forward.

    The incident happened on Oct. 10, 2008, at the Roane County Courthouse. Houston allegedly became unruly while Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips and Kingston Assistant Police Chief Wes Stooksbury were escorting him out of the courthouse.

  • Henderson rescues Rockwood


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    Reanna Henderson made perhaps the biggest shot of her Rockwood career Friday night as the Lady Tiger junior converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 15.3 seconds left that proved to be the game-winner in Rockwood's 47-45 victory over Harriman at Dr. Tom W. Evans Gymnasium.

    Henderson's basket and free throw capped a late comeback for the Lady Tigers. Rockwood led by as many as six points early in the fourth period, but Harriman used a 14-4 run down the stretch to take a 45-41 lead with 1:45 left to play.

  • Wrestlers get special holiday workout



    A 2008 NCAA National Champion wrestler inspired a gathering of high school wrestlers from Roane County High and Midway High School last week.

    Jordan Leen, an All American who wrestled for Cornell University, encouraged the youth with talks and demonstrations of moves.

    “I’m a local product of East Tennessee wrestling,” said Leen, whose father, Mark Leen, is a former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling coach.

  • Wildlife questions linger after disaster



    Tony Scruggs is not a biologist or a scientist.

    He’s just a man who enjoys watching the local wildlife from his lakefront home outside of Kingston.

    “We used to see a lot of water snakes,” he said. “We’d watch them from the dock, and they’d come in there and swim right underneath us and get in my dock rocks.”