Today's News

  • Roofer charged with passing bad check and theft

    A local roofer is in trouble with the law for allegedly passing a bad check and not returning a chainsaw.

    Kingston police took out warrants on Joshua Lee Miles for the bad check and theft. Miles, 39, was arrested on Aug. 1.

    According to a warrant, Miles ordered roofing materials from Norandex Building Materials in June.

    “Mr. Miles paid with a check drawn on the account of Miles Roofing and Home Repair in the amount of $4,397.82,” the warrant said. “The check was returned unpaid due to insufficient funds.”

  • Kingston Police Explorers honored

    Former Boy Scout Robert Johnson found more than new friends when he moved five years ago from Maine to Kingston.

    He also discovered a potential future career path in law enforcement.

    Johnson is captain of Kingston Explorer Post 376, a group of ambitious and hard-working teenagers who recently earned a prestigious Gold Level United States Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

    The award presentation was made during Tuesday’s National Night Out event by Kingston Mayor Troy Beets and state Sen. Ken Yager.

  • Records show Morgan had his own issues with speeding

    During this year’s campaign for Roane County property assessor, David Morgan made an issue about a speeding ticket incumbent Teresa Kirkham received in 2009.  

    Morgan, who would go on to defeat Kirkham in the Aug. 2 election, has had his own speeding issues in the past.

    According to Roane County General Sessions Court records, Morgan has been charged with speeding 10 times, with the most recent ticket coming in 2007.

    In some of the cases the charge got dismissed, records show. In others, the ticket was paid.

  • History of 'amazing secret' preserved

    Perhaps no one more than Bill Wilcox appreciates Oak Ridge’s legacy in the Manhattan Project.

    After all, the first job out of college for the Pennsylvania native was to work as a scientist on the A-bomb that helped bring an end to World War II.

  • No decision on Smoot bond

    Assistant Public Defender Walter Johnson’s argument for a bond to be set for accused killer Shawn Smoot was pretty simple.

    “In Tennessee you have a right to have a bond set,” he said.

    How much and what conditions will Smoot have to abide by if he gets out had yet to be determined at the conclusion of a bond hearing on Friday.

  • Furry friends run the show at ONE-STOP PET SHOP

    An enthusiastic and furry welcome greets visitors at One- Stop Pet Shop in Rockwood.
    The store at 108 N. Gateway Ave., which had its grand opening on Saturday, has been open several weeks and has a variety of animals, including those they let run the place.

    On one particular visit, store mascot Maggie, a sweet-natured pup, is joined at the door by a peppy little brown-and-white mixed dog that was rescued. Also bounding nearby is a small kitten that doesn’t seem quite sure how to take Maggie’s bouncing cohort.

  • Ayers asst. director at tech center

    Chris Ayers has joined the staff of Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman as assistant director.

    He assumed his new position on July 1.

    “I am excited to be coming to Roane County to help become a liaison between technical education and business and industry for this area,” Ayers said.

    Ayers comes to the Harriman center from Tennessee Technology Center at Murfreesboro. He has more than 13 years of technical education experience.

  • Hepler, Stout new to board

    The U.S. Department of Energy recently appointed seven new members to its Oak Ridge Environmental Management advisory board.

    Chris Hepler of Oliver Springs and Scott Stout of Rockwood are among the new members filling vacancies on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board, a volunteer citizens’ panel that provides advice and recommendations to DOE on its environmental cleanup operations on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

  • Tigers battle Bulldogs in final fall scrimmage



  • Goins to play for Tennessee Tech

    Big things often come in small packages.

    That’s the case for Harriman’s Haylee Goins as the Blue Devils senior CF recently signed scholarship papers with Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens.