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Today's News

  • Adventure tourism zone eyed

    With miles of waterway meandering through, Roane County is an ideal location for adventure.

    That’s why local officials are eyeing the possibility of attracting adventure tourism businesses by creating an adventure tourism zone.

    “It hopefully will make Tennessee a destination for adventure tourists, which is huge,” said Pam May, director of marketing and tourism for The Roane Alliance.

    “It is a huge market,” May added. “Right now, it gives tax incentives to businesses moving to the zone or already in the zone.”

  • Rape case grand-jury bound

    After hearing testimony from two alleged victims on Monday, Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks determined there was enough probable cause to move the criminal case against Matthew Brandon Hall to the next level.

    “The cases will be bound over to the Roane County grand jury,” Wicks ruled.

    Hall, 28, faces two counts of rape and one count of aggravated assault. The alleged victims are high school students.

    Defense attorney Jedidiah C. McKeehan asked Wicks to dismiss the aggravated assault charge and one of the rape counts.

  • Four-wheel fugitive

    A Kentucky man is facing 26 charges after he allegedly rear-ended a vehicle in front of Kingston City Park on Saturday and then led police on a merry chase.

    Jerrod Nathan Knipp is charged with following too closely, failure to report an accident, driving on a suspended license, evading arrest, hit and run, duty to give information and render aid, financial responsibility, stop sign violation, seat belt violation, resisting arrest, property theft, two counts of destruction of government property, six counts of reckless endangerment and seven counts of vandalism.

  • Lottery winner from Knoxville

    A Knoxville man came forward last week with a winning $50 million lottery ticket sold in Harriman last month.

    Michael Duncan told Tennessee Lottery officials he was not a regular lottery player, and he had not originally planned to play that day.

    However, he decided to give the lottery a shot while making a quick pit stop at the Rocky Top Market at 1811 Roane St. He selected a single ticket using numbers based on family member’s ages, according to the release from the Tennessee Lottery.

  • New law to chip big cats

    The Tennessee House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill on Monday that puts in place new requirements for Class I animals like those housed at Tiger Haven.

    The original version of the bill was to require facilities holding the animals to have cages “constructed and maintained to provide sufficient space.”

  • Plateau Park said to be site for solar panels

    A new 1-megawatt solar array in Oak Ridge is just the start for a busy partnership who also plan to eventually locate one of the large solar arrays at other sites, including Plateau Partnership Park.

    Plateau Partnership Park is an economic development partnership between Roane, Cumberland and Morgan counties.

    “This project represents an exciting partnership between leaders in the Tennessee solar industry,” said Carlos Mayer, president and CEO of Vis Solis Inc., a company that has partnered with Restoration Services Inc.

  • Divorce on hold for gay marriage ruling

    A resolution in Roane County’s same-sex divorce case is on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court makes a decision on same-sex marriage.

    Oral arguments are scheduled for April 28, and a ruling from the high court could come in late spring or early summer.

    The decision will impact the Roane County case, in which Frederick Michael Borman is seeking a divorce from Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman.

    In 2010, the two Roane County residents were married in Iowa.

  • Body cameras now part of Kingston PD uniform

    The Kingston Police Department has joined the growing list of agencies to outfit officers with body cameras.

    “It’s not that we don’t trust the officers, but with all these things going on nationwide, it was just a matter of time,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    Several high-profile incidents involving police nationally is driving the body camera movement among law-enforcement agencies.

  • Tract that once was Houstons’ sold off

    The thought of holding onto land that once belonged to brothers Rocky and Leon Houston didn’t go over well with Roane County Habitat for Humanity.

    “It made us a bit uncomfortable,” Vice President Jim Smith said.

    Cleveland attorney James Logan donated two Houston tracts to Habitat as a gift in 2012.

    Habitat sold one of the tracts in February to Estel and Bonnie Ridge for $30,000.

    “We found some local folks that wanted to buy it, so we thought that was a good arrangement,” Smith said.

  • CVMR taking résumés

    CVMR, the advanced materials company that last month announced it is moving its international headquarters to the Horizon Center in Roane County, is now accepting résumés.

    It has not, however, specified what jobs it is seeking to fill.

    To submit a résumé, send it to hr@cvmr.ca