Local News

  • Kingston hits snag on amphitheater project when bids come in too high

    The first round of bids to construct the amphitheater at Fort Southwest Point in Kingston were not within the predetermined cost specifications.

    City Manager David Bolling told council members at a workshop Tuesday that all six contractors who submitted bids on the project were over the $500,000 budget limit.

    The average bid was 31 percent over the budget. Bids ranged from a low of $626,450 to a high of $702,5000.

  • Kingston man accused of attempting to solicit teen

    A Kingston man is accused of soliciting sex from an undercover law enforcement agent posing as a 16-year-old female.

    Jonathan R. Runyon, 42, is charged with solicitation of aggravated statutory rape.

    He was arrested on Saturday.

    According to the warrant, Runyon allegedly agreed to pay the purported 16-year-old $200 in exchange for sex during a graphic chat on Facebook Messenger.

    “Runyon invited the minor to his apartment located at 162 E. Race St., Kingston, but was asked to meet at the Shell Station,” the warrant said.

  • ‘Kind soul’ finds his rest

    By Richard Evans

    Rockwood lost one of its leading citizens with the sudden passing of city judge James S. “Jim” Smith Saturday.

    “It was a shock,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller. “Jim was a good and outstanding man who treated people the way he wanted to be treated. He worked hard but he enjoyed his life.”

    “I was shocked and saddened when I got the call,” said Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton.

    “Personally and professionally, Jim was one of those kind souls.”

  • Fire kills Kingston woman

    One person perished in a fire Monday morning outside Kingston.

    “There’s some Facebook postings where people said there was an explosion, but I don’t know if that’s been verified or not,” Roane County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Boduch said Tuesday.

    “The body has been sent for an autopsy, and it’s being done this morning. We don’t have a 100 percent ID yet, but hopefully we’ll have that today.”

    The fire happened at 116 Mainsail Road, Kingston.

  • Autopsy still out on inmate

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he’s yet to receive the cause of death on an inmate who passed away last month.

    “I have not heard anything yet,” he said.

    An autopsy was performed on the body of Joshua Douglas Daniels on Feb. 23. He passed away the day before.

    Daniels was booked into the Roane County Jail on Feb. 20 following his arrest on drug charges by the Oliver Springs Police Department.

  • Jago: big school a mega no

    The lone member of the Roane County Board of Education who has voted against the board’s building plan shared why during a joint work session with County Commission last week.

    “I think it’s too big,” Rob Jago said about the consolidated high school that’s part of the plan.

    Roane County currently has five high schools. Rockwood High, Harriman High and Roane County High in Kingston would close under the building plan.

    Those students would attend the new high school for 1,800 students near Roane State Community College.

  • Rockwood exploring new trash pick-up options, contracting out trash service

    By Richard Evans

    Rockwood is looking at getting out of the garbage pick-up business.

    Rockwood City Council voted Monday, Feb. 25, to allow Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller to advertise a request for proposals concerning the city’s garbage pick-up and disposal.

    “What I would like to propose is that we [the city] get out of the garbage business,” Miller said.