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Today's News

  • Kingston police bust card counterfeiters

    Kingston law enforcement is working with the U.S. Secret Service to learn more about a credit card counterfeiting operation busted at an area motel last week.

    Detectives say it’s the largest such operation discovered in the area in recent memory.

    More than 80 credit cards, blank cards, a card-making machine and a laptop computer capable of loading information onto the cards was discovered after information developed through a traffic stop Friday morning led Kingston police to a Motel 6 on Gallaher Road later that day.

  • Rider hurt in bike crash

    A Harriman man is recovering from serious injuries after a motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon on Swan Pond Circle Road.

    Shane Whittenbarger, 37, Harriman, was taken to Parkwest Medical Center by ambulance.

    “I thank God first and foremost for watching over my husband and for allowing him to be here with us today,” said his wife, Tiffany Whittenbarger.

    “I know that difficult circumstances, hard situations and painful circumstances are a sign of God’s love and faithfulness to us.”

  • Woman moons Walmart employee

    A Rockwood woman said she mooned a Walmart loss prevention employee on May 18 because she was upset about being followed.

    “If he would have just told me who he was, everything would have been OK,” Tiffany Laura Edwards said.

    Rockwood police charged her with criminal trespass and indecent exposure in the incident.

    Edwards, 37, is not allowed on Walmart property, but she said she went there on May 18 to meet her parents.

    “I was in a bind,” she said.

  • Memorial Day 2016: Never Forget

    Roane County paid tribute to those who paid the ultimate price for freedom during Memorial Day services in Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood.

  • Meth charges against area duo

    Two Rockwood residents were charged with possession of methamphetamine after Kingston Police Officers responded to a tip Saturday.

    Kingston police received a call from an informant Saturday who said he had just left a room at the Lakeview Motel where illegal activity was being conducted. The informant gave names of the people in the room and it was determined that Billy Allen McLean, 37, of Rockwood had two warrants outstanding.

  • ‘It’s a fantastic thing to be remembered’

    Five Korean War veterans stood solemnly as a red, white and blue wreath was placed at the site of Harriman’s Korean War memorial.

    “It is a fantastic thing to be remembered,” said Otto Barnes, a Korean War veteran.

    Barnes and fellow Korean War veteran Clyde Jones were the inspiration for the appearance of the two statues at the Korean War memorial in Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park, which will eventually feature three statues.

  • Kingston puts new tractor to work

    Kingston officials came for a sneak peek at the new tractor for mowing city rights of way last week.

    Those who came to see the newly arrived tractor and compare it to the one it will be replacing include Kingston Manager David Bolling, Kingston City Council members Don White, Sarah Humphreys and John Byrkit, Mayor Tim Neal, Public Works Director Tim Clark and operator Randy Walker.

  • Church trailer among burglary items recovered

    Prayers were answered for City Hills Church in Knoxville.

    The black cargo trailer the church uses to store and transport equipment to West Valley Middle School was stolen recently, but some astute work by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office has it back in church custody.

    “I’m just grateful the church got their property back,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    City Hills Pastor Brandon Shanks said he didn’t expect to see the trailer again after it was stolen.

  • Do you know me? Do you really care?

    “Do you know me? Do you really care?”

    I believe that this is one of the basic things that your customers ask themselves every time they interact with your business.

    Most of the time, it is asked subconsciously.

    It is a good way to differentiate your business from competition. I avoid doing business with companies that treat me like an inanimate object on an assembly line.

    For the past eight years, I have been conducting a three-part workshop series titled, “Getting Ahead at Work by Growing Your Value as an Employee.”

  • Kingston’s United Community Bank one of top in Southeast

    United Community Bank recently honored ten individuals and six branch teams for their outstanding performance during the first quarter of 2016.

    This recognition is part of the bank’s quarterly Sales and Service Champion program.

    The Kingston branch of United Community Bank, on North Third Street, was recognized as one of the bank’s top six performing branch teams throughout the Southeast.