Today's News

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Speak up about school plan

    I’m not sure why the consolidated school building project has to be completed by 2020 or even 2025 but it might not be approved this year so it might not be completed by 2020.

    In my opinion, the reason the project won’t be funded this year is because the decision has been transferred from the school board to the County Commission.

    The process is now subject to politics, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

  • Teen to be tried as adult for murder

    A Harriman teenager accused of killing his sister’s boyfriend sat stoic on Wednesday when General Sessions Judge Terry Stevens transferred his case to Roane County Criminal Court.

    Jacob Kinney was 15 on Aug. 28, 2016, when he is accused of shooting MarStratton Gordon in the face while Gordon was visiting the Kinneys’ Byrd Street double-wide near downtown Harriman.

    The news came as a relief to Gordon’s family.

  • Teen murder suspect transferred to criminal court

    A 16-year-old boy charged with second-degree murder in the Aug. 28, 2016, shooting death of MarStratton Gordon will be facing those charges in Roane County Criminal Court.

    Judge Terry Stephens ruled that Jacob Kinney should be moved from Roane County Juvenile Court to Roane County Criminal Court at a hearing Wednesday, June 14.

    It’s a relief to the family of Gordon, who were in attendance.

    “It needs to be taken out of juvenile without getting a slap on the wrist,” said stepfather James Turner.

  • Champs more than just a little sting

    Usually, most people think that a brand name automatically makes a product the best as far as quality. This isn’t alway the case. Just ask the Kingston Sting, a fifth-grade girls basketball team unafilliated with the AAU.

    This team of young ladies started as a team that grew out of a recreation league in Kingston six years ago.

    “These girls have played together for a long time,” said Matt Fritz, an involved parent, “They all made the middle school team.

  • Kingston summer swim team kicks off home schedule with new coach

    The Kingston summer swim team kicks off the 2017 home campaign with a meet against Emerald Youth Thursday evening at the Kingston Community Center.

    The team will have a new coach to show the way this year in Morgan Warner. Warner is a teacher for Roane County Schools when she isn’t spending time in the water.


    Roane County will likely be declared a federal disaster area as a result of damage caused by the May 27 storm, officials said this week.

    The storm caused more than $1 million in damage to electrical lines, knocking out power to thousands and downing trees that damaged homes and blocked roads.

  • Teen may be tried as adult

    A Harriman teen may face a second-degree murder charge in adult court.

    Jacob Kinney is set to appear for a hearing to determine whether his case will remain in juvenile court or be tried as an adult in criminal court.

    “It is still set for Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.,” said District Attorney Russell Johnson of the hearing.

    If they are successful, Kinney will be transferred to adult court, Johnson said.

    Kinney was 15 when he shot and killed his sister’s boyfriend, 23-year-old MarStratton Gordon, on Aug. 28, 2016.

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  • Harriman Gardens fire damages nine units

    Harriman Fire Department contained a fire to one apartment at Harriman Gardens after receiving a call around 9:40 p.m. Friday, June 9.

    “The resident called and said the bed was on fire in the bedroom,” said Harriman Fire Department Deputy Chief Brad Daniels.

    “It was contained to the one apartment, but on the floor there was smoke damage to the hallways,” said Daniels.

    The fire started in apartment 302 in building B.

  • Woman’s lawsuit claims swing injured her hand

    A Kingston woman claims she suffered a severe hand injury because of a defective swing at Roane County Park. She’s now seeking $75,000 in damages from the county in a lawsuit.

    The incident happened on March 6, 2016. The lawsuit was filed earlier this year.

    “Plaintiff, Caroline McDavid, avers that she was safely swinging on a swing set at Roane County Park when the S-hook attaching the seat of the swing to the chain on plaintiff’s swing came loose causing plaintiff to fall to the ground and injure her hand,” the lawsuit said.