Today's News

  • Runner on the lam again

    A man known for fleeing from law enforcement is again on the lam.

    “That is common with him,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton about David Paul Wicks, who fled from a pursuit last week.

    “He runs every time. It doesn’t matter if he is on foot or car. He drives crazy with no regard for safety.”

    According to Rockwood police, Wicks has outstanding warrants from Cumberland County for theft and will be facing traffic and other criminal offenses for last week’s incident.

  • Preschooler dials up 911, sleeping mom goes to jail

    A 4-year-old boy reportedly called 911 from an apartment in Kingston earlier this month and told a dispatcher that his mother was asleep and he couldn’t wake her.

    Police responded to the call and ended up arresting the mother, Britney Alexander.

    Kingston Police Officer Bo Smith said he spoke with the 4-year-old when he got to the apartment at 1000 James Ferry Road.

    “Upon talking to the child, I did discover that his mother was Britney L. Alexander,” the report said.

  • THE STATE vs. SHAWN SMOOT Landlord may testify in murder trial

    Jury selection is scheduled to get underway today – Monday – in the first-degree murder trial of former Allstate insurance agent Shawn Smoot.

    He’s accused of killing Brooke Nicole Morris on Oct. 15, 2011.

    Morris worked for Smoot at his Allstate office in Knoxville. The two were also reportedly romantically involved.  

    It’s been more than four years since a Roane County grand jury indicted Smoot for her murder.

  • Former officer charged

    A former Harriman Police Department officer is accused of having sexual contact with a minor.

    According to Anderson County court records, Michael Paul McPeters, 41, of 15 Montclair Road, Oak Ridge, is charged with solicitation sexual exploitation of a minor, aggravated sexual battery, providing obscene materials to a minor and solicitation sexual exploitation of a minor.

    The offense dates are listed to have occurred  in 2013, and an Anderson County grand jury returned indictments on the four counts earlier this month.

  • How’re they biting?


    GOOSE LINDSAY/Roane Newspapers
    Four-year-old Ryan David Keeling spends time with his grandpa, Ronald Keeling, fishing at The Gravel Pit in Kingston on a nice morning last week.

  • Roane County News brings home 19 state awards

    The Roane County News news and advertising staffs won 19 awards in the 2016 annual Tennessee Press Association contest.

    The tri-weekly newspaper, owned by Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., was especially strong in sports reporting and breaking news where the staff won two first-place and one second-place awards.

    “The depth of talent and experience of our staff is probably the greatest in the history of this newspaper,” said Publisher Kevin Kile.

  • This week last chance for early voting

    Early voting for the Aug. 4 election ends on Saturday, July 30.

    According to figures from the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office, 1,811 people had cast ballots in Roane County during the first six days of early voting.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said one surprise so far is the turnout for the Harriman Municipal Election, in which he said 271 had voted as of late Friday morning.   

    “I thought there’d be more in Harriman because of the race for mayor,” he said.    

  • SMILE! You might be on Kingston police’s new cameras


  • Brookdale makes residents feel right at home

    Editor’s note: This is a continuing series of stories on businesses that were voted No. 1 in the 19th annual Roane County News Reader’s Choice Awards. Brookdale Kingston was voted the top Assisted Living Facility in the contest.

    From staff reports
    Brookdale Kingston offers a homey environment for its residents who find themselves needing a little help with everyday activities.

    The facility, in Bradford Way, currently has 39 residents who live in comfortable, roomy and secure apartment-like settings.

  • What’s the SCORE? The unexpected could destroy your financial stability

    By Dana Peterka

    When I mention “disaster planning” in the Strategic Planning workshop I conduct for rural nonprofits in the greater Knoxville area, I get puzzled looks from the participants.

    I have found that the best way to make the concept understandable is by use of an example.

    I have a friend — and SCORE client — who operates a massage therapy business in Knoxville. A few years ago, he moved to a larger facility.