Local News

  • Man accused of crashing into assessor, driving away

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan was the victim of an alleged hit-and-run last week.

    According to Kingston police, Morgan was headed north on Third Street in a Toyota on Feb. 10 when a Mazda minivan driven by Ethan Alexander Wilson left the south lane of travel and collided head on into the vehicle driven by Morgan.

    The crash report said Morgan, 45, was not injured.

    Wilson allegedly fled the scene. Kingston Police Officer Nathan Wilson said he made contact with him at 215 E. Race St.

  • Aytes among directors signing on for maintaining standards

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes was one of the 114 superintendents to sign a letter asking the Tennessee General Assembly to not mess with the state’s academic standards during this legislative session.

    “We’ve changed standards several times in the last few years,” Aytes said. “We have high standards now that amps up the rigor for all of our students.”

    The names of the superintendents who signed the letter were listed in a press release the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents put out last week.

  • Roane’s top firefighters of the year
  • Largen moves to strike city motion

    Self-proclaimed curmudgeon Gerald Largen is now challenging the authority of an attorney selected by the city of Harriman to handle the annexation challenge suit he filed late last year.

    His latest filing is a motion to strike the motion to dismiss filed by Knoxville attorney Michael Kelley, hired by Harriman officials to tackle Largen’s suit.

    Largen, a retired Kingston attorney and Roane County News columnist, is asking the court to require Kelley file proof of his authority to represent the city.

  • New name for May opening

    A regional renaissance festival in Harriman just got bigger with a name change.

    Darkhorse Entertainment, LLC, which premiered the East Tennessee Renaissance Festival at its October 2014 preview show, has changed the event’s name to the Tennessee Medieval Faire for its grand opening on May 16.

    “Our festival name has changed, but the delightful family content will stay the same,” said Barrie Paulson, vice president/manager and entertainment director.

  • Harriman Happenings Feb. 16

    Wishing Eric Stone a speedy recovery from having pneumonia.

    On Thursday, he was discharged from the hospital and is recuperating at home.

    Eric is the son of the late Jess and Doris Stone.

    We are happy to know that the Rev. Larry Woods is resting at home.

    He recently had heart surgery at Oak Ridge Methodist Medical Center.

    God is good.

    A get-well wish to Denis Bolton, who is under the weather. Hope you will be back with us soon.

    We are wishing Norma Bazel a get-well wish.

  • Attorney Blackshear to speak during chapter luncheon

    In celebration of Black History Month, the Oak Ridge Chapter of Blacks in Government will have its 21st annual BIG scholarship luncheon on Feb. 26.

    The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Oak Ridge Civic Center at 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Attorney Julian Blackshear Jr. will serve as the event’s keynote speaker. His speech will focus on the 2015 Black History Month theme, “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.”

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  • Mob cashing in on sweets cache
  • Stabbing victim dies

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Fred Silvey died at University of Tennessee Medical Center on Saturday. Silvey was flown to the hospital by Lifestar last Wednesday after his stepson, Steven Jones, allegedly stabbed him.