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Today's News

  • Giving more than thanks: Event helps feeds 700-plus families

    Frozen turkeys made for warm meals Thursday, as boxes full of Thanksgiving dinners were handed out to those in need through Hands of Mercy and the Kingston Police Department.

    “Even though this is a Kingston Police Department event we help all of Roane County,” Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    This is the fifth year the KPD has teamed up with Hands of Mercy to be able to help as many families in Roane County as possible.

  • Sex offender on probation for misdemeanor assault

    James Tiegs was sentenced to six months probation on Nov. 22 for a misdemeanor assault conviction.

    “He’s good to go now,” Tiegs’ attorney Chris Cawood said.

    Tiegs was originally charged with aggravated sexual battery, but a Roane County jury only found him guilty of the misdemeanor offense during his trial in July.

    Tiegs, 51, is a registered sex offender who has convictions in Arizona for attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and dangerous crimes against children in the second degree.

  • Fire destroys Kingston homes

    Three units of a condominium were damaged by a fire believed to have started at 230 Farmington Trail.

    “There were three units in the building. The first two has considerable damage. One was a total loss,” said Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon.

    The fire was at the rear of 230 Farmington Trail, according to Gordon.

    It is under investigation to determine the cause.

  • Meth making causes fires

    Meth making caused a fire at an apartment building earlier this month, according to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    Justin Michael Owens, 23, was arrested after an investigation.

    According to the sheriff’s office report, Sgt. Mitch Grigsby responded to 4466 Kingston Highway on a report about suspicious materials found at the scene of a structure fire. Grigsby said he entered the bedroom of Apt. 6 and discovered numerous meth-making items, including Coleman fuel, drain cleaner, aluminum foil and plastic bottles.

  • Shopping local helps the whole community

    Shopping in Roane County doesn’t just save gas money traveling to Knoxville. It also keeps sales tax revenue and potential jobs here.

    “We’ve got what we call a leakage report. This shows all the different retail and trade sectors here. They (companies) estimate I guess from past performance,” said Roane Alliance President and CEO Leslie Henderson.

    Those reports give officials an estimate of just how much is going outside the county.

  • Harriman Fire Department honored for helping Roane Sheriff’s Office

    Harriman Fire Department was honored for helping save the life of a suicidal woman.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton climbed the roof of a three-story building and was able to restrain her and get her down using Harriman’s ladder truck.

    Pictured are Ken Mynatt, Harriman Vice Mayor and Fire Commissioner; Harriman Fire Chief Brad Gross; firefighter Damian Miller; K-9 Deputy John Mayes; Stockton; Capt. Tim Hawn and Lt. Rick Baker.

  • United Way hopes more give to meet higher agency fund requests

    Roane County United Way is extremely grateful to all the individuals and businesses that have so generously contributed and continue to contribute to Roane County United Way.

    During 2013, those contributions supported 37 agencies providing a wide variety of services to residents of Roane County from crisis services to families and individuals, to education and youth services in our communities.

    “For 2014 Roane County United Way has received requests from 34 organizations for support of 42 programs to meet the needs of Roane County residents.

  • Keeping you connected: Visit Roane? There's an app for that

    The Roane County Visitors Bureau is introducing a new mobile app – Visit Roane County TN.

    The app, available now for the iPhone and iPad on Apple’s app store, provides visitors “their own private tour guide 24/7,” said Pam May, director of tourism for The Roane Alliance.

    “By downloading the free app, a visitor — and even locals — will learn what to do, where to eat and where to stay while here,” she said.

  • Keeping you connected: State takes job openings, more to the Twitterverse

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has launched a network of social media sites dedicated to quickly informing job seekers of local jobs, workshops and job fairs.

    In a constant search for new avenues to inform Tennesseans about new job opportunities, the department joins the conversation 140 characters at a time to disseminate new jobs directly and instantly via Twitter.

  • Signature again cited as one of ‘Best Places to Work’

    Signature Healthcare, parent company of Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center and The Bridge at Rockwood, recently accepted the Best Places to Work Award from Modern Healthcare.

    This is the third time Signature has received the honor from Modern Healthcare, widely considered one of the nation’s preeminent media outlets for news about the health-care industry.