Local News

  • Cornstalk Heights halts Christmas home tour

    The Board of Directors of the Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Organization has made the decision to cancel the 2018 Christmas Tour of Homes.

    “This tour is something that our Community Organization has looked forward to presenting for the past 27 years,” said Alyse Porter, the organization’s president.

  • REU looks positively at broadband

    By Richard Evans

    The Rockwood Electric Utility Board was not put off by sticker shock Tuesday evening.

    According to a feasibility study conducted by a team of representatives from Nokia, Coring and Strata-G, delivering broadband through Rockwood Electric Utility will carry an enormous price tag — possibly more than $34 million.

    Even with the hefty numbers, the board agreed to hear more at their regularly scheduled meeting in November.

  • Jacobs Engineering defense rests in ash spill cleanup worker lawsuit

    Jacobs Engineering Group rested its defense in the ash spill worker on trial on Wednesday.

    It called three witnesses on Wednesday in what appeared to be an attempt to boost confidence in the air monitoring that went on during the cleanup.

    The workers suing Jacobs contend the monitoring data is worthless because Jacobs tampered with the samples and testing equipment.

    Jacob Gruzalski worked for Environmental Standards during the cleanup.

  • Brown sentenced for hitting KPD officer

    The days of running from police should be over for Henry Nicholas Brown. At least for a while.

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced Brown to 12 years in prison on Thursday for his latest evading the police incident.

    It happened on Aug. 6, 2017, and severely injured Kingston Police Department Sgt. Jerry Singleton.

    “I was at home for approximately six months after that unable to work,” Singleton said.

    Brown was behind the wheel of a truck that was pulling what appeared to be a car hauler trailer during the traffic stop.

  • York family speaks at showing of “Sgt. York” movie at the Princess

    History buffs and film fans gathered at the Princess Theatre in Harriman Sunday to watch the classic 1941 film “Sgt. York.”

    Members of the family of Alvin C. York were also in attendance at the event sponsored by the Roane State Community College’s Arts and Lecture Series.

    Roane State president Chris Whaley introduced the film and special guests. He said he has been a fan of the Academy Award winning film since he first saw it as a child visiting his grandparents in Harriman.

  • Couple charged with soliciting teen

    An Etowah couple allegedly came to Kingston on Saturday with the intent to meet a teenager at a motel.

    They met with police instead.

    The couple, identified by authorities as 52-year-old Bobby Joseph Brakebill and 46-year-old Donna Adcox, were arrested and taken to the Roane County Jail.

  • Expert says ash spill cleanup was safe

    An expert witness for Jacobs Engineering Group took the stand in the ash spill worker trial on Monday.

    Dr. Scott Phillips said he studied the air monitoring data collected for the site and determined it was unlikely to cause any health problems.

    “It was safe,” he said.

  • Come out to Kingston Street Fest

    The City of Kingston invites young and old to come downtown and join the fun at the Fall Street Festival this weekend.

    The free family friendly festival opens at 11 a.m. Saturday and ends at 8 p.m.

    The event will include music, a car show, food, craft vendors and lots of games for children.

    “This year’s festival will be even bigger and more fun than last year,” said Rick Ross, Director of Kingston Parks and Recreation.