Today's News

  • Houston loses car-chase appeal

    Rocky Houston will not be getting a new trial in his car-chase case.
    The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals released an opinion on Monday denying his request.
    “We affirm the judgments of the trial court,” the opinion said.
    On April 1, 2010, a Roane County jury found Houston guilty of misdemeanor reckless endangerment and felony evading arrest. The case stemmed from a 2004 police chase that ended with his pickup truck flipped on its top.

  • Fire damages uninsured Kingston home

    A Kingston house fire at 110 Shubert St. Monday night started in the kitchen.
    “The cause of the fire was cooking on the stove,” said Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon.
    Firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 8 p.m.
    “Most of the heavy damage was in the kitchen, but there is smoke damage throughout the house,” Gordon said.
    The home belongs to Monica Berkshire, who lived there with her two teenage sons and boyfriend.
    Gordon said the family had no home insurance and will be starting over.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Ritter

    Leslie Denise Stevens and Jarryd Reece Ritter, both of Alexandria, Va., were married on Nov. 16 at Biltmore Estate, Asheville, N.C.

    The Rev. Tim Lolley officiated during the 6 p.m. ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of David and Lillian Stevens of Kingston. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and George Mason University.

    The groom is the son of Dr. Joel and Wanda Ritter. He is a graduate of American University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files for the Week of Feb. 13

    25 Years Ago
    Rockwood patrolman Rodney Redmon was proclaimed a hero for the second time in two and a half years when he pulled Fred “Junior” Pass Jr. from a burning building on Poplar Street. “The good Lord must have sent him down here,” said Paul Ed Pass, who credited Redmon with saving his brother’s life. Redmon received Gov. Lamar Alexander’s Outstanding Tennessean Award in 1986 for his earlier heroic feat in which he pulled a 2-year-old Tommy Mullins from a storm sewer.

    10 Years Ago

  • Group has reason to dance on Feb. 16

    Three Rivers Ramblers Square Dance Club will celebrate its 33rd anniversary on Feb. 16
    with a special dance in Harriman American Legion.

    The dance, open to the public, starts at 8 p.m. Jeanette Bowen will also have line dancing.

    The club formed in the fall of 1979 with a few experienced square dancers and a class of beginners in the Harriman American Legion Hall. The first class of “graduates” finished in February 1980, said club member Connie Williams.

  • Julian turning 95

    Ruby Julian will celebrate her 95th birthday on Feb. 21.

    A native of Harriman, she is the oldest member of Walnut Hill Baptist Church.

    She is the widow of Homer Julian Sr. and the mother of Homer Julian Jr. of Rockwood and Tom Julian and his wife, Pat, of Knoxville.

    Julian also has four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

  • The Garden Gate: Ashes are holy, and tasty, too

    Mardi Gras is a day of carnival, parades and competitions. Superiority and imagination are displayed in costumes, floats, bands and general magnificence. There are flowers, confetti, feasting and general hysteria of every kind.

    Then comes Ash Wednesday, where reality overcomes the imagination and everything comes to a pause for solemn reflection.

    Ash Wednesday is observed in countless churches worldwide as the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of abstinence and thoughtful study which precedes the joyousness of Easter.

  • Lady ‘Cats down Oneida for district title

    It wasn’t easy, but the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats downed the Oneida Lady Indians 53-49 Friday night in a game that decided the regular season district title between the two teams.

  • Langley signs with Tennessee Wesleyan

    Amy Langley started playing golf her freshman year at Kingston and four years later the Lady Jacket senior has improved enough to sign scholarship papers with Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens.

    “I’m really excited,” Langley said. “I was just playing to be playing to start, but it was my sophomore year that I thought this could happen. It feels great to know all my hard work has paid off.”

  • Mt. Pisgah wins two

    The Mt. Pisgah boys basketball team closed out last week with a pair of victories.

    On Thursday, the Patriots traveled to Athens and picked up a 53-44 victory over Friendship Christian Academy. On Friday, the Patriots traveled to Blountville and knocked off Tri-Cities Christian Schools, 65-51.