Local News

  • Pinnacle Pointe loans in the past

    The last remnants of the investment the city of Harriman made toward developing the area that would become the Pinnacle Pointe shopping center is now closing.

    “We made the last payment on the Pinnacle Pointe loan. We no longer owe $3 million,” said Treasurer Charles Kerley.

    The city paid $157,326.40 in late November to close the door on the last of that debt.

  • Interstate tree a long-lived tradition brightens holiday

    A Kingston couple’s generous spirit continues to touch lives long after their passing.

    Fred and Ann Walker moved to Kingston from Indiana in the late 1970s, and were lonely when they first moved to town, according to history compiled by their home church, Kingston First Baptist Church. The couple decided to decorate a cedar tree with Christmas ornaments along I-40 to share with others who might feel similarly alone at the holidays.

  • Inmates tackle number of Rockwood city projects

    From improvements at the soccer field to renovating the animal shelter, Rockwood has been utilizing inmate labor to get a lot of projects done around the city.

    The city approved in their budget hiring a guy to oversee the prisoners from Morgan County Correctional Complex, and shortly after a number of projects have begun to be tackled.

    Most recently they were installing the dugouts at the Rockwood soccer fields at Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex. They are also making improvements at the Rockwood Animal Shelter.

  • Harriman woman injured in fatal Oak Ridge car accident

    On Dec. 10, the Oak Ridge Police Department responded to an accident involving two vehicles with injuries at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and the Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    One vehicle, a 2012 Volkswagen, was driven by Charles Edward Smith, 75, of Clinton.

    The second vehicle, a 1998 Cadillac, was driven by Janet Eileen Kelley, 61, of Harriman.

    The accident happened at approximately 8:22 p.m., police said.

  • RPD recovers stolen property

    Staff reports

    Rockwood Police have been able to recover a number of stolen items in recent weeks.

    “They solved several burglaries and made some good stops,” said Chief Danny Wright.

    Officer Brandon Smith, Officer Charles Haubrich and Sgt. Kelly Pittman recovered property stolen from two seperate residential burglaries recently and those cases will be presented to the February grand jury and may result in indictments of several individuals.

  • Kingston votes to purchase its own boat docks

    New boat docks are officially coming to Kingston, and the city will be only the second in the state with docks that are municipally-owned, according to TVA.

    City Council members voted 6-1 Tuesday during its regularly scheduled meeting to purchase an 18-slip dock from Norris Docks. Vice Mayor Tony Brown cast the only dissenting vote.


    Levi Kreis, the Oliver Springs native who shot to fame for his Tony Award-winning performance in “Million Dollar Quartet,” is coming home for the holidays.

    It won’t be a quiet Christmas, or at least part of it won’t be: Kreis will give a concert for hometown fans on Dec. 19 in Oak Ridge’s Grove Theatre.

  • Wicks tapped to succeed Eblen

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Jeff Wicks to replace retiring 9th Judicial District Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen.

    Wicks has been one of Roane County’s two general sessions court judges since 2006.

    “We are fortunate to have a public servant with such a depth of experience as Judge Wicks to fill this role,” Haslam was quoted in a press release on Thursday. “He will serve the 9th Judicial District well in this capacity.”

    The district is made up of Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.

  • Man jailed for forcing self on a 69-year-old

    A Harriman man is accused of attempting sex acts on a 69-year-old woman.

    According to an affidavit of complaint, Mark A. Ferguson Jr., 31, is charged with sexual battery after he allegedly forced his way into the woman’s bedroom.

    The complaint said the woman had placed a chest of drawers and concrete blocks to keep him out.