Today's News

  • Physical therapy makes a difference with how Kincaid lives with Parkinson’s

    By Ashley Hankla

    For Roane Newspapers

    She smiles. She laughs. She walks energetically in the sunshine as she talks about her kids, her husband, her job, and her goals.

    Beth Kincaid, 56, looks and acts like a perfectly healthy person. And yet, she is the face of Parkinson’s disease.

    Kincaid has been successfully treated with therapy at Roane Medical Center’s Patricia Neal Outpatient Therapy Center.

  • VEC gives $2,750 in grants

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,750 in grants to Roane County organizations in April.

    Groups receiving grants include Midway Soccer Club ($250), Roane County Lady Knights Lacrosse ($250), Midway Youth Cheerleading Organization ($250), Midway High School Cheerleader Booster Club ($500), Midway Middle School Football Booster Club ($500), Midway Elementary STEM Club ($500), and the Midway Softball Club ($500).

  • Master still on track to bring doughnut shop to Kingston

    Master Donuts’ new Kingston location has suffered several setbacks, but owners say the shop is now on track to open by the second week of May.

    Sophea Sopheap manages the Harriman Master Donuts shop and operates the business along with his brother, Sophal.

    They began talking with Kingston officials in September about opening a shop in the city limits, and quickly found a location on West Race Street.

    Remodeling began earlier this year, but the first contractor hired did not work out, according to Sopheap.

  • Duff Subaru Shares the Love with CASA

    CASA of the 9th Judicial District holds a special place in the heart of Earl Duff owner/general manager Tim Duff.

    That was evident Thursday morning, when Duff presented CASA with a check for more than $7,500 through Subaru of America’s Share the Love program.

    “I’m big on any cause that aids children,” Duff said at the Harriman dealership. “CASA’s mission is to help kids that are in the court system for no cause of their own.

  • Laid-back equine a passion for Bartons of Lexlin

    What started as a husband keeping his word has turned into one of the largest horse ranches of its kind in the United States.

    That vow, made by Eric Barton to his wife Mechelle, led to Lexlin Gypsy Ranch in Rockwood’s Grande Vista Bay community, where the Bartons breed Gypsy Vanners.

    “I was promised a horse by my husband,” Mechelle Barton said. “I saw one of these in a magazine and seen they had only been in the U.S. since 1996, so I went to Wales to learn about them.

  • Alleged knife wielder zapped by police

    A 57-year-old man was Tasered on April 12 after he allegedly pulled a knife on a Kingston policeman.

    Lawrence Stringfield, 2759 Sugar Grove Valley Road, Harriman, is facing charges of resisting arrest, aggravated assault, evading arrest, reckless endangerment and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

    According to the reports, Kingston Police Officer Bo Smith tried to pull Stringfield over on the morning of April 11 after he failed to come to a complete stop at a three-way stop sign at the intersection of North Kentucky Street and Ladd Landing Blvd.

  • Horsehead emissions concerns addressed

    More than a dozen people shared their concerns about Horsehead Corp. emissions during a permit hearing Thursday.

    Horsehead Corp. is a Rockwood facility that processes EAF dust in the creation of crude zinc oxide and iron-rich material.

    Nick Barrett, who lives at 420 W. Rockwood St., showed a number of videos he recorded from his home that showed emissions from various parts of the facility, including what looks like large gray cloud coming out of different areas.

  • Middle College almost over for inaugural class

    Roane State Middle College students took on a challenge when they enrolled in both a daunting college workload while also juggling their high school courses.

    They proved they were more than up to the task, not only managing but excelling alongside more traditional college students.

    The first class, which began in fall 2014, will graduate with associate’s degrees on May 6.

    “These guys show up every day. They are self- motivated,” said David Lane, Middle College coordinator.

  • BUMPERTOBUMPER: I-40 work makes the going slow

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam received a lot of calls last week.

    The calls weren’t about crimes, though — they were about traffic.

    Construction work on Interstate 40 is prompting many drivers to take detours around clogged interstate arteries and into downtown Kingston.

    “Our biggest concern is the 18-wheelers that are coming through town,” Washam said.

  • Curtis introduced as Rockwood boys coach

    A meet and greet for Rockwood's basketball coach was held Thursday evening in the school library.

    Former Sequoyah coach Daniel Curtis has been named as the Tigers' new coach, replacing Paul Kamikawa, who finished 488-398 in more than 20 seasons as either the boys or girls coach. Coach K will remain on the staff as a teacher and the school's athletic director.