Local News

  • Public invited to sneak peek of historic OS bldg.

    A grand opening is still in the works, but the public is invited to see the restoration work that has been done to date at the Oliver Springs Historical Society building.

    “Anyone is welcome to be there,” Oliver Springs Historical Society President Jerry White said about today’s meeting, which is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

    Candidates running for county offices have been invited to speak and the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association is planning to attend the meeting and tour the building.

  • Facelifts coming for two Harriman parks

    Work to transform two of Harriman’s parks is underway.

    Triangle Park is getting a new ball court.

    “The plan at Triangle Park at the moment is to tear out the old court which is over 40 years old. It has began to crack and warp due to the roots of the big tree on the corner,” Harriman Parks and Recreation Director Allen Hickman said.

    “So we took down the old tree and are waiting on good weather to take up the old asphalt and replace it with new.”


    The Fourth of July is always a big day in Kingston but this year’s Smokin The Water’ festival could be the biggest and the best ever.

    “We’re pumped,” said Kingston Parks and Recreation Event Coordinator Debbie Russell.

    The city has done a lot of promotion, including partnering with a local radio station, for the annual event. If the weather holds she said she expects to see visitors increase.

    “We think this is going to be the biggest crowd ever,” she said.

  • Vitolo’s beer permit approved for Jake’s

    Jake’s Bar and Grill in Rockwood is under new ownership.

    Antonio Vitolo, the new owner, appeared before the Rockwood Beer Board on Tuesday.

    The board approved his application for a beer permit unanimously.

    Vitolo lives in Kingston. He passed a state background check, and Beer Board members didn’t voice any concerns about his application before voting to approve it.

    “Looks good to me,” Beer Board Chairman Denny Cole said.

  • 77-year-old woman accused of harassment

    Mary Gorham, a 77-year-old Harriman woman, is accused of harassing three family members.

    Gorham turned herself in at the Roane County Jail on the criminal summonses filed against her on Tuesday.

    “Mary Gorham has flyers on the courthouse stating my name, my phone number, along with my mom, Sandra Colyer, her phone number,” Lisa Colyer alleges in one of the summonses.

    Gorham is also accused of including the name and number of Lisa Colyer’s sister-in-law, Tanika Colyer.

  • Kingston cuts to avoid water rate hike

    Kingston City Council members are sticking to their decision to cut the Water and Sewer Department budget rather than vote for a rate increase.

    Council voted unanimously at a special-called meeting Tuesday to pass the 2018-19 budget with no rate increase for customers.

    Council had reviewed the Sewer and Water budget last week. Rather than asking ratepayers for a 5-percent increase, they asked City Manager David Bolling to cut 5 percent from the budget.

    Bolling presented a new budget with about $215,962 in proposed cuts.

  • Alleged burglars held at gunpoint

    A homeowner held two burglary suspects at gunpoint on Wednesday. The incident happened at 176 Honeysuckle Road, Harriman.

    Deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office responded to investigate.

    “Upon arrival, I made contact with the homeowner who was standing in the doorway leading out to the garage and he was holding the subjects at gunpoint,” the report said. “I went into the garage and secured both subjects.”

    The suspects were identified as 28-year-old Tawny Michelle Inman and 30-year-old Robert Andrew Monroe.

  • Bus ride groping teenager indicted

    The Rockwood teen who allegedly sexually assaulted another student on a school bus was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last week.

    Guy William Hart, 19, is charged with sexual battery.

    The alleged assault occurred on April 19, 2017. Hart was a student at Rockwood High School at the time. According to a report filed in the case, the alleged victim had to sit beside him on the school bus because it was full.

    Hart is accused of touching her inappropriately multiple times during the ride.

  • Roane Academy escapee wanted by authorities

    Despite having a new owner, Roane Academy is dealing with the same problems.

    Three teens, two 17-year-olds and one 16-year-old, escaped from the facility on Monday around 1:30 a.m.

    One of the escapees, Kedontez Murray, was being sought by the Cookeville Police Department.