Today's News

  • Schools sued over alleged Midway rape

    A lawsuit filed in Roane County Circuit Court this week seeks at least $4.5 million in damages from Roane County Schools and a janitorial contractor in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a minor student at Midway High School.

    The suit, filed by the parents of the minor, alleges Jessica E. Galyon, a resident of Loudon and an employee of janitorial contractor Compass One Services of Chesterbrook, Pa., sexually assaulted the student on the Midway campus in September 2016.

  • Kingston, OS schools in worst shape

    The decision earlier this month by the Roane County Board of Education to keep five high schools open raises new questions about how much such a plan might cost.

    At Thursday’s meeting held at Cherokee Middle School, board members questioned architects from the Lewis Group about the condition of the schools — Harriman, Midway, Oliver Springs, Roane County in Kingston and Rockwood — and what the cost might be to upgrade the buildings for continued use.

  • ‘God put me there for a reason’

    Harriman Police Assistant Chief Kenny Humphrey was in the right place at the right time to save a 17-year-old boy’s life.

    Around 3:40 p.m. March 10, Humphrey was driving nearby when he heard the call over the radio of a young man standing on the railing of the bridge into West Hills, which is over a steep drop to the railroad tracks below.

    “I was able to pull in behind him without him noticing because I am in an unmarked car,” Humphrey explained. “I went up behind him and grabbed him and got him down from there.

  • Jail’s Dollar General price tag: $850,000

    Roane County could be moving closer to buying the Dollar General Store beside the county jail.
    Kingston developer Matt Caldwell has offered to sell the building to the county for $850,000.

    Earlier this month, the Property Committee voted to recommend a resolution to the full County Commission that would allow County Executive Ron Woody to negotiate with Caldwell for the purchase of the property.

    A draft of the resolution said the purchase price for the property must not exceed $850,000.

  • No injuries in bus collision with teen

    A teen driver crashed into a Roane County school bus Thursday afternoon.

    None of the 26 students who were on the bus suffered injuries, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, which investigated the crash.

    It happened on Dogwood Drive around 4 p.m. According to the report, 18-year-old Derek A. Bailey of Kingston was traveling north in a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero when he crossed the centerline and struck the school bus.

  • Rockwood firefighters take up teaching

    Rockwood Fire Department is investing in training its employees.

    Many of them recently went to different instructor schools, so the training should pay off with future savings in the department.

    “Some of this is stuff we are required to do every year or every other year, and we have been having to outsource it to get somebody to come in here and do the training for us,” said Rockwood Fire Chief Matt Crabtree.

  • FSA offering targeted loans for underserved, beginning farmers

    USDA Tennessee Farm Service Agency offers targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to assist underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers.
    “Each year, a portion of FSA’s loan funds are set aside to lend to targeted underserved and beginning farmers and ranchers,” said  FSA Acting Executive Director, Tyeisha Samples.

  • Save room for Lions pancakes

    The Harriman Lions Club is gearing up for its annual fundraiser, “World’s Greatest Pancake Breakfast” to help fund its many charities.

    The breakfast will be from 7 to 11 a.m. May 6 in Roane Street Grill at 812 N. Roane St., Harriman.

    Generous portions of pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs, coffee, orange juice and milk will be available for $8 for adults, $15 for couples and $4 for ages 10 and younger.

    The Harriman Lions Club has provided exams and glasses for many people over the last 60 years.

  • Eight years’ probation sentence of man pleading to child neglect

    Multiple “roadblocks” hampered the prosecution of a Kingston man who was indicted in 2015 on four counts of aggravated child abuse.

    The case against Dakota Cain Lamping ended on Friday when he pleaded guilty to an amended charge of attempted aggravated child neglect.

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced him to eight years of state probation. He was also fined $150 and ordered to pay the court costs. The remaining charges were dismissed.

  • Ready. Aim. FIRE!

    You never know what life has in store.

    For Brant Williams, his life has taken some turns over the past 25 years that have led to him owning a successful gun store at 1218 Gallaher Road near Kingston.

    “My dad and I had bought the campground in ’91 or ’92 for my brother to run,” Williams said. “He (brother) was getting sick and my parents were getting older so I moved back here (from Atlanta) in 1994. In ’98 my brother died, and I had to take over the campground.”