Local News

  • Fourth festivities inspired creation of rescue dive team

    Power boats weren’t the only ones on the water in Kingston during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

    Kingston Fire Department’s rescue dive team were out and ready to help in a water emergency.

    “We did put our dive rescue boat on the water for the first time,” said Fire Chief Willie Gordon.

    A group of Kingston firefighters have been trained to be rescue divers, ready to jump in and help someone if a water emergency happened at this year’s Kingston Fourth of July festivities.

  • Fleeing driver pleads guilty to DUI

    The man Kingston police said fled the scene after crashing into Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan was in court on June 29.

    Ethan Alexander Wilson pleaded guilty to DUI. He was fined $350 and sentenced to two days in jail.

    He’s to report on July 10 to serve his sentence.

    Wilson must also use an ignition interlock device for one-year and make a $200 contribution to the Kingston Police Department drug fund.

    Charges of implied consent, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident were dismissed.

  • Flooding still a worry

    Roane County emergency personnel went into the holiday weekend still watching for flood conditions.

    Heavy rains on Thursday and in the Fourth of July forecast prompted those concerns.

    Meteorologists with the National Weather Service office in Morristown said this could result in a storm total of 7 to 8 inches for the area by the end of this weekend.

    “It has been a wet couple of days over there,” said Andrew Pritchett of the National Weather Service on Thursday.

  • Accused cemetery vandal bumped into deputy earlier

    Kevin Delaney Limburg earlier encountered law-enforcement officials on the morning authorities allege he vandalized and stole from the Swan Pond Baptist Church cemetery.

    According to sheriff’s office records, Deputy Richie Stooksbury encountered Limburg at the cemetery around 1 a.m. on March 13.

    A tow truck driver was dispatched to the cemetery to remove a truck that was stuck between some headstones.

    The report said the tow truck driver, identified as Bill Goldston, waited for a deputy to respond before removing the truck.

  • Ash in courts again

    Knoxville attorney James Scott has filed another federal lawsuit against Jacobs Engineering Group.

    This one is for $55 million and lists 11 plaintiffs, one of whom the suit claims is “in dire need of a lung transplant” because he was exposed to fly ash during the Kingston Fossil Plant cleanup.

    The suit was filed on June 29 in U.S. District Court in Knoxville. It makes the same allegations as previous lawsuits Scott has filed against Jacobs, which was hired by TVA to oversee cleanup of the December 2008 ash spill at the fossil plant.

  • Supreme ruling puts same-sex divorce back on table

    A same-sex divorce case filed in Roane County Circuit Court last year is still pending, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 decision that legalized gay marriage across the country.

    The same day it was announced, the Tennessee Court of Appeals ordered the parties in the Roane County case to file briefs addressing the Supreme Court decision.

    The briefs are due July 10.

    The case involves Frederick Michael Borman and Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman. The men were married in Iowa in 2010.

  • Highway Patrol stop ends in arrest

    A June 16 traffic stop landed three people behind bars on drug and other charges.

    State Trooper Robert Woody said he noticed Solomon Shannon Potsdam driving erratically on Interstate 40 in a Saturn Vue.  

    “The suspect had a small marijuana roach lying in plain view when I was conducting a traffic stop,” the report said. That wasn’t all Woody says he found.

  • Time is now for Roane boat racer

    Locals have a hometown favorite to root for during boat racing at Kingston’s Smokin’ the Water Fourth of July celebration.

    Tom Burwinkle, who lives South of the River, has been racing several years.He will participate in his first event at Kingston this year after they added his category.

    His boat falls into the 350-cubic-centimeters modified hydroplane class.

    “I’m looking forward to it,” Burwinkle said Wednesday as other boats buzzed in the background.

    Burwinkle said he has wanted to race since he was a child.

  • More grand jury indictments

    The Roane County grand jury returned an indictment in a tree-clipper beating case last week.

    Suspect Joshua Vance Morgan is charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated assault in the Feb. 8 incident.

  • Henry governor’s new chief of staff

    Kingston’s Jim Henry is Gov. Bill Haslam’s new chief of staff, the governor announced this week.

    His appointment makes it the second time in consecutive governors that a Roane Countian has served as a Tennessee governor’s right-hand man.
    David Cooley, formerly of Rockwood, was deputy to former governor Phil Bredesen.

    In 2002, Jim Henry was a candidate in the Republican primary against Bredesen.

    Then-U.S. Rep. Van Hilleary won the primary, but lost to Bredesen.