Today's News

  • THP grant to boost BELTS

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol has received $100,000 in traffic safety grant funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    The THP will use the money to provide increased enforcement and public awareness campaigns in an effort to reduce serious injury and fatal crashes on state roadways in 2018.

    The THP continues to target seat belt usage across the state. The BELTS program will provide funding to allow state troopers to enhance the current seat belt usage rate of 88.5 percent.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: Too lazy to read it? Then don’t share it

    By Lata Nott

    You sometimes suspect that you’re not as well-informed as you should be.

    When you read about that study that found that middle school kids were unable to distinguish paid advertisements from news stories, you shook your head sadly — then secretly wondered if you would do much better.

  • Kingston official part of leadership program

    Kingston City Council member Stephanie Wright was one of close to 30 Tennessee city and county officials who recently attended the Local Government Leadership Program.

    The Program was hosted by the UT Institute for Public Service’s Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership.

    The officials who attended the two-and-a-half-day program in Knoxville were invited by the UT County Technical Assistance Service and the UT Municipal Technical Advisory Service, sister agencies of the Naifeh Center.

  • Siblings close, despite 9-year age difference

    The holidays turned tragic for a Kingston family Wednesday night.

    Brother and sister Teddy and Tara Kalnasy were killed in a car crash on Interstate 40.

    “I can’t think straight right now,” said mother Mary Kalnasy, as she struggled to speak through tears on Thursday.

    The accident happened around 9 p.m. near the 350 Exit in Midtown. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

  • Election workers’ numbers dwindling

    Roane County Election Commission needs a few good men and women — and not to run for office.

    “I need workers,” said assistant administrator Holly Cromwell.

    “They can go on the website and print off an application or they can come in and apply,” she added.

    Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said his office is seeing dwindling numbers.

    “Our average age of workers is about 70 years old. A lot are quitting because of their age and they don’t think they can handle it,” said Holiway.

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  • Woman claims her Fourth Amendment rights violated in vehicular homicide trial

    A woman convicted of vehicular homicide by intoxication is asking for acquittal or a new trial in a motion filed late last month.

    In the motion, defense attorney Wesley Stone contends the state violated Raychell Huckelby’s Fourth Amendment rights by the illegal search and seizure of her Dodge Ram believed to have struck pedestrian Daniel Hester on May 8, 2014.

    He says Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks erred in permitting the evidence, including photographs and a jury viewing of the truck.

  • Don’t leave Fido, Fluffy out in the cold

    The Roane County Animal Shelter wants to remind area pet owners to prepare for the coming cold weather.

    “It is a misconception that cats and dogs can withstand cold temperatures because they have fur. Some large breed dogs are well equipped for the winter months and love to be outdoors while others such as small breed dogs and cats have no tolerance for the cold,” said Stacey McElhaney, director of the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    Shelter staff offers the following helpful tips for animals during this chilly weather:

  • Resolve to learn for the fun of it in the New Year

    Looking for a way to beat the winter blahs?

    Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning may have the answer.

    The organization opens registration for its winter/spring term on Jan. 2.

    The Institute is a not-for-profit organization offering a full catalog of classes, field trips and other activities for area residents of all backgrounds and education levels.

    All of this is available at a minimum of $100 for full year of three terms beginning in September, $80 for two terms beginning in February, or $45 for the summer term only.