Today's News

  • REU, attorney settle lawsuit

    Rockwood Electric Utility plans to purchase a neighboring building to its new facility as part of a lawsuit settlement with attorney Jim Smith.

    “It went to mediation yesterday. It was settled,” REU manager Kendall Bear said late last week.

    “As part of the settlement, Rockwood Electric Utility was actually able to purchase the property for $3,000.”

  • Dining With Diabetes starting up

    Roane County UT Extension will have a “Dining With Diabetes” workshop series starting Nov. 8.

    The workshop will be from 1 to 3 p.m. each Wednesday through Nov. 22 in Kingston Community Center.

    The $40 registration cost covers food; participants will be taught healthier food preparation techniques and will make sautéed greens and carrots, slow-cooker sloppy joes and oven-fried chicken and sweet potatoes.

  • Haunted Hospital clown cleared of felony charge

    The man accused of groping a teen during a Halloween event two years ago settled his criminal case earlier this year.

    Larry Benton Davis volunteered at the Harriman Fire Department’s Haunted Hospital event at the old Roane Medical Center in 2015.

    He wore a clown costume and said it was his job to greet people.

    A woman claimed to police that Benton groped her and her teenage granddaughter.

    On June 20, 2016, the Roane County grand jury indicted Benton for felony aggravated sexual battery and misdemeanor assault.

  • Boating safety class planned

    The Coast Guard Auxiliary, Watts Bar Flotilla, will have a one-day, eight-hour boating safety class on Nov. 18.

    The class will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    Cost is $40 per person and includes lunch. Space is limited; make reservations early by calling Bill White at 376-4822.

  • Correction

    The 1,000 turkeys the Kingston Police Department will give away for the Thanksgiving Food Drive with Hands of Mercy will require about $12,900 in donations — or about $12 per bird.

  • GLIMPSES: Science minds steer Bethel Presbyterian into 21st century


    Three months ago, I reflected on Bethel Presbyterian Church’s contributions to Roane County education and celebrated three wonderful teachers with Bethel ties who enriched the lives of countless students and inspired my own 40 years in the classroom.

  • Rockwood men arrested in strong-arm robbery

    Two Rockwood men have been arrested on charges related to a weekend strong-arm robbery in Harriman.

    Authorities have identified the 19-year-old men as Jordan Crabtree and Austin Kane Penley. As of late Tuesday afternoon, Crabtree was in custody at the Roane County Jail, while authorities were en route to Kingston with Penley to book him into custody.


    Allen Russell recently relocated his used-car business from Oliver Springs to Midtown but his mission to help others remains the same.

    Integrity Auto Sales was founded to help support family missions and offer customers an alternative to large dealerships.

    “We are a family-oriented father-and-son dealership who strives to provide people with quality vehicles at an affordable price,” Russell said.

  • Calfee boosts Freedom to Prosper Act

    Throughout his time in the Tennessee General Assembly, state Rep. Kent Calfee has worked to enhance employment opportunities and create new jobs for Tennesseans.

    During the 2017 legislative session, the Kingston Republican sponsored passage of the Freedom to Prosper Act. This initiative stops local governments from creating new occupational licenses and encourages new business opportunities for those already licensed to work in their respective professions.