Today's News

  • Kingston serves v’ball action

    The sun isn’t the only thing that might be blacked out on Aug. 21.

    “We’re going to blackout litter on Aug. 21 when the eclipse comes through,” Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said.

    To do that, the Road Department is encouraging students to bring five aluminum cans to school to be recycled in exchange for a pair of solar eclipse glasses.

  • Duo charged with shooting

    Jason Whitefield didn’t act alone when he allegedly shot a Lenoir City woman in Kingston earlier this year.

    He had help, and now he and the alleged accomplice, 28-year-old Crystal Dawn Benton, are facing charges in Roane County Criminal Court.

    Whitefield is charged with one count of especially aggravated robbery, two counts of child abuse/neglect and two counts of reckless endangerment.

    Benton is charged with especially aggravated robbery and two counts of child abuse/neglect  

  • Largen appeals annexation suit with Harriman

    Gerald Largen has not given up his fight against the city of Harriman just yet.

    The retired attorney and Harriman landowner is appealing the rulings of Roane County Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton, who dismissed Largen’s suit to void the city’s decades-old annexation into South Harriman.

    “That will be developing in the coming weeks with the [Tennessee] Court of Appeals,” said Harriman City Attorney Allison Rehn.

    Rehn is not representing the city in this case. Attorney Michael Kelley is.

  • Festival to celebrate naturalist’s trek

    Roane County Tourism and the City of Kingston will be hosting an event next month to commemorate the 150th anniversary of naturalist John Muir’s visit to the area.

    The Muir Festival at Fort Southwest Point on Sept. 9 will feature music, food and educational programs designed to bring attention to environmental issues. 

    Recognized as “The Father of the National Parks System” and the founder of the Sierra Club, Muir passed through Kingston on Sept. 12, 1867 on his 1,000-mile walk from Kentucky to Florida.  

  • What’s the SCORE? by Dana Peterka: Who’s in control of your time? Your life?

    When you allow yourself to be interrupted, while you are doing a task, are you letting others control your priorities?

    Is the interruption of such importance that it requires an immediate response?

    When I see people immediately responding to a phone call, email, instant message or text, I wonder if they are managing themselves or letting others control them. Yes, some phone calls are more important than the task at hand.

  • Welding careers await at RSCC program

    Spaces remain available in Roane State Community college’s welding program, a one-semester evening certificate program that prepares qualified welders for supervisory positions.

  • Harriman looks to buckle down on park security

    Harriman is looking at protecting the city’s recreation facilities with changes in personnel and security measures.

    Many community members are growing weary of seeing vandalism, particularly at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park.

    “Is there anything we can do to contribute financially to get cameras or whatever? We would be willing to do that,” said Pat Ramsey.

  • Taking back the city Codes vacancy turning things ‘upside down’

    Harriman is focused on cleaning up the city, even if that means going after property owners who have their properties in states of disrepair.

    Mayor Wayne Best thought the city was making headway on cleanup efforts, but he said he’s seen it come undone now that there is a vacancy in that position.

    “It is turning upside down in Harriman again. It is a shame we worked so hard and we are backtracking again,” said Best.

  • Harriman police investigating death

    Harriman police are looking into the cause of death of a man whose body was found Wednesday evening at a Harriman Housing Authority apartment.

    A release from the city of Harriman said police are treating the investigation as a homicide.

    A caller told 911 dispatchers that David Smith, of 1742 Bennett Circle, had not answered his door in a couple of days.

    The caller said Smith could be seen through a window and worried he might be dead.