Today's News

  • Meth lab in jail parking lot

    Showing up at the Roane County Jail in Kingston to bail someone out wasn’t the issue. The problem was having meth-making components in the vehicle.
    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, that’s what Kevin Anthony Ray admitted to on Jan. 26. He was charged with manufacturing a controlled substance.
    Third Street between Loveliss and Cumberland was shut down while Ray and two other occupants in the vehicle were decontaminated.
    The Dodge Durango he was driving was quarantined and taken to an impound lot.

  • Houston appeal critical to case

    The U.S. government used a state conviction as a basis for filing firearms charges against Rocky Houston. The legal process has yet to run its course on that state conviction, however.
    Rocky was found guilty in Roane County Criminal Court in 2010 for reckless endangerment and felony evading arrest.
    He now faces 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms in U.S. District Court.
    Rocky appealed his state convictions with the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.

  • Rockwood to meet on sewer upgrades

    Rockwood City Council will meet Thursday at 4 p.m. to approve resolutions regarding more than $1.4 million in Rural Development loan money to complete upgrades at the wastewater treatment plant.
    The upgrades are required under a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation director’s order.
    “This goes back to the same project we have talked about more than a year now. We are just waiting on jumping through these last hoops,” said manager Kim Ramsey, who inherited the aging system’s problems from previous management.

  • Morgan slip-fall lawsuit settled

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan settled his slip-and-fall lawsuit.
    He sued the Villages of Center Farm L.P., claiming it was responsible for an ankle injury he suffered in 2006. 
    The case was set for trial in Roane County Circuit Court on Jan. 24, but it settled on Jan. 23.
    Terms were not disclosed, but Morgan owes $7 in court costs.
    In the lawsuit, Morgan alleged that he fell from a curb when he was taking out his trash because a street light wasn’t working.

  • RSCC has help for human resources pros

    Human resources professionals who want to review before taking the Professional in Human Resources or Senior Professional in Human Resources certification exams can take advantage of a class at Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus.
    The college’s Office of Community Outreach and Professional Training is presenting a course that utilizes the SHRM Learning System, the most widely used tool available to prepare for the certification exams. The class will be Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., from Feb. 7-April 25 at the Oak Ridge campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave.

  • Black History Month show at RSCC

    “Lift Every Voice,” a one-act play that tells the story and influence of the Harlem Renaissance, will be held at Roane State Community College’s Roane County campus on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
    Performances will be held in the O’Brien Theatre at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
    The WordPlayers, a nonprofit theatre company, will perform “Lift Every Voice” as part of Black History Month. The 50-minute play features drama, song and dance.

  • GUEST OPINION: Free speech and the right to be crass

    President, First Amendment Center
    One measure of our freedom is how foolish we’re allowed to be in exercising our rights.

    Case in point: Joseph W. Resovsky of Columbia Station, Ohio, decided to provoke some people with a grossly insensitive post on his Facebook page referring to the shooting of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn.: “I’m so happy someone shot up all those little (expletives). Viva la school shootings!!!!”

  • Rotary pancakes a treat for both the tastebuds and the community

    Kingston Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast and silent auction this weekend have lasting effects that go beyond a clean plate.

    Proceeds from this year’s breakfast will be used to support the club’s community and international service projects.

    The breakfast will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 2 in Kingston Church of Christ family center at 120 Spring St., Kingston.

    Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children and may be purchased from any Kingston Rotary Club member or at the door.

    Call Ralph Best at 376-0578 for details.

  • Valentine dinner trains hit the tracks

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will once again roll out its restored 1920s Pullman dining car for Valentine dinner excursions.

    Chef Andras Bartha will prepare four entrée choices for diners on the museum's Valentine dinner trains which give couples an opportunity to experience a romantic setting similar to that experienced during golden age of American rail travel in the 1930s-40s.

    Departures are at 6 p.m. Feb. 13-15; and at 5 p.m. Feb. 16.

  • Look Back: A little something from our files

    25 Years Ago
    Kingston City Council passed an ordinance calling for a referendum on a city sales tax increase. This action was taken to avoid a possible loss in sales tax revenue if Roane County voters approved an increase in the county levy.

    10 Years Ago
    Kingston Police Department was preparing to kick off its Neighborhood Watch Program. The first city in the county to initiate the program, police were looking for eyes and ears in the community to watch for anything out of the norm.

    Five Years Ago