Local News

  • Man accused of trying to kill 3

    A 60-year-old man is accused of setting fire to a house on Mountain View Road Wednesday afternoon.

    James Franklin Latham is charged with aggravated arson and three counts of attempted murder in the incident.

    “When officer (Jason) Joseph arrived on scene, he hears some women screaming and locates this guy with gasoline and a lighter, and he’s trying to set the place on fire,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “The front porch and the handicap ramp to the house was on fire and flaming.”

  • Early voting winds down

    Early voting for the Aug. 2 election is almost over.

    Roane County’s four early voting sites will be open today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    “They can vote at any early voting site right now regardless of where they live,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said. “On Election Day they can only vote at their designated precinct.”

    Early voting locations are Kingston Community Center, Harriman Community Center, Rockwood Community Center and First Christian Church in Oak Ridge.

  • Ex-wife tells court Gambrell’s intent was murder/suicide in 2015 shooting

    An estranged husband’s jealousy and rage over learning his wife was with another man quickly turned violent on March 21, 2015.

    A Roane County jury learned this week how the incident unfurled after Jeremy Alexander Gambrell eventually encountered Jenny Gambrell behind the home they once shared, shooting her multiple times.

  • Still time to enter photo contest

    The National Park Service’s deadline for submitting entries for the 2018 Obed Wild and Scenic River photography contest is Aug. 3.

    The park is looking for striking digital images highlighting the spectacular views, historic sites, recreational opportunities, and diversity of life in the Obed.

    Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, historic areas, weather, or people interacting with nature within the boundaries of Obed Wild and Scenic River.

  • Kingston Back-to-School Bash slated Aug. 4

    The Kingston Fire Department will be have its first Back-to-School Bash from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at Kingston City Park.

    Children of all ages are invited to the park to climb aboard a fire engine, take photographs and watch water spraying from the fire hose. Sparky the Fire Dog will be in attendance.

    The event offers the opportunity for children and their parents to hear more about fire safety including the proper operation of smoke detectors.

    Free hot dogs will be served and Shipwreck Ice Cream Co. will be selling ice cream.

  • Authorities looking into threat made on Facebook

    The FBI and area law enforcement authorities are looking into social media threats to kill a police officer made by a Morgan County man.

    Robert Ford made threats on Facebook to harm a Morgan, Roane or Cumberland County cop because of injustice he believes he has experienced from the U.S. government.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: What Hath Wade Wrought? How many jobs?

    Gentle reader, before addressing subjects that may well cause your blood to boil, or chill, depending upon your personal inclinations, may we suggest that you take a long look around and see just exactly what you see, for it may well surprise you, inasmuch as ours is a beautiful place, especially at this time of year when the crepe myrtles are in bloom.

    We do not recall a year when these shrubs have put on a showier or more colourful display than they are currently doing.

    So, look and enjoy.

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  • Police chief accused of assault

    Harriman Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey is accused of grabbing a man by the neck during a June 30 argument at Swifty’s Atomic Bar & Grill in Oak Ridge.

    He is charged with misdemeanor assault, and his next court appearance is at 2 p.m. Oct. 4.

    Humphrey was issued a citation and not arrested.

    “We deny there was any assault by him of anybody,” said Humphrey’s attorney, Mike Clement.

    Humphrey referred any comment to Clement at the attorney’s recommendation.

  • Man pleads guilty to running over Kingston police sergeant

    The man who injured Kingston Police Sgt. Jerry Singleton in a traffic incident last year appeared in Roane County Criminal Court on Tuesday.

    Henry Nicholas Brown pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, evading arrest, reckless endangerment and driving on a revoked license.

    “I understand you’ve reached an agreement to plead guilty to these charges,” Judge Jeff Wicks asked Brown. “Is that correct?”

    “Yes, sir,” Brown responded.

    The incident happened last summer.