Today's News

  • New look for a Harriman car dealership
  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Have a meal fit for The Queen at Paris Apartment

    “You need to write about The Paris Apartment & Tea Room in Sweetwater,” longtime friend Luci Bell told my wife, Carol, and me one Sunday morning at church.

    “I recently went with my Garden Club from Kingston, and everyone really enjoyed the food and the trip,” she added.

    The Paris Apartment was already on my “Out to Lunch” prospect list.

    “When can you and Jimmy (her husband) go with us?” I replied.

  • Son of one time county executive indicted for drugs

    Tyler Farmer, the son of former Roane County Executive Mike Farmer, has been indicted by the Roane County grand jury on drug charges.

    A sheriff’s deputy went to 156 Greystone Way in Kingston to arrest Tyler Farmer on June 20.

    “Upon arrival, I made contact with Mr. Farmer in the driveway of the residence,” the report on his arrest said. “Mr. Farmer was arrested on an outstanding criminal court capias.”

  • Sewer line access issue resolving

    Despite the scary language in a recent resolution, Kingston officials believe a sewer line problem — access to which is blocked by a private garage — can be resolved without incident.

    “We’ve met with the homeowners involved,” said City Manager Jim Pinkerton. “I’m hopeful we’ll be able to negotiate an arrangement. We’re just asking for the authority to do whatever we might need to do.”

  • THP lieutenant goes back for degree

    Many people decide to return to school — often out of necessity:  to overcome a layoff, increase skills or because of a feeling of unfinished business.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Jessie Brooks, 55, falls into the last group.

    Brooks has made a career out of law enforcement, but recently he decided he wanted to accomplish a longtime goal of finishing his criminal justice degree.

  • Assessor contest draws crowd to Tea Party forum

    Experience or a need for fresh blood.

    That’s the decision voters will have to come to, according to two candidates vying for the Roane County property assessor seat this August.

    A candidates forum hosted by the Roane County Tea Party drew a crowd to the Kingston Community Center last Thursday to hear from  incumbent Teresa Kirkham and challenger David Morgan.

    Congressional candidate Scottie Mayfield also spoke.

  • Drug arrests linked to deaths

    Twenty Roane Countians were arrested as part of a multi-county round-up after a federal grand jury in Knoxville returned an indictment charging all with oxycodone trafficking and money laundering conspiracies.

    In some cases, those charged may face life in prison or 20 years to life because deaths tied to oxycodone use may be connected to the drug trafficking charges, said a release from U.S. Attorney General’s Office Eastern District of Tennessee.

  • Lane shines in all-star game
  • Nesbit enjoys teaching at camp

    Whether it’s a Roane State 18-year-old or a kid from Roane County that’s eight years old, Roane State head coach Randy Nesbit loves teaching the game of basketball and takes pride in seeing his players improve.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Foundation of friends invaluable

    I’ve been through a rough patch lately.
    I wrote openly about my now-dismissed legal situation, and about running over my cat Pony (the splint should be coming off soon). I also had some bumps in my love life, but we are in a better place now.
    This column isn’t about those situations, but about the people who have helped me find my way through.
    I am blessed with one of the strongest networks of friends a person could have.