Local News

  • Coats for Cold effort begins

    The 19th annual Coats for the Cold campaign is set to kick off next week.
    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson, who began the effort more than a decade ago as state representative, is asking residents  to check their closets for coats and jackets to help those in need stay warm this winter.
    Donations may be dropped off during business hours starting on Halloween, Oct. 31, at one of five collection sites:
    • United Community Bank, Kingston.
    • Midtown Professional Pharmacy in Physicians Plaza, Midtown.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Fall color coming in dribs – and drabs

     I have been to the mountain, and I come back bearing news.
    Despite the lifeless coloration of many trees here in Roane County, some places are beginning to see some of those reds, golds and oranges that make autumn so festive.
    I had just about given up on the seasonal eye candy this year.

    Most of the leaves on my big maple are muddy green and brown. The usual vibrant yellow is nowhere to be found.
    The same is true of the red maple down the road.

  • Hot, Hot, HOT!

    Wellington Place of Kingston had its Fall Chili Cook-off to benefit Alzheimer’s Tennessee Friday. Jenn Brackett, resident assistant, left, and Mona Wright, daughter of resident DeeVee Gardner, spoon out sample cups.

  • Updated: Morgan named in paternity suit

    An Illinois woman has filed a paternity suit against Property Assessor David Morgan in Roane County Circuit Court.

    Melissa Everts contends Morgan is the father of her 16-year-old son. The suit included a Jan. 15, 2003, parentage testing report.

  • Lucky break on broken neck

    Athletic trainers and emergency personnel know that when a player suffers a neck injury, the best thing to do is immobilize the neck first.
    That knowledge may have saved the life of Roane County High School sophomore Seth Haynes Friday night.
    Haynes suffered a broken neck during the game at Sequoyah High School in Monroe County.

    He has since gone through successful surgery at University of Tennessee Medical Center.
    While the injury is career-ending in terms of football, things could have been a lot worse.

  • Tiger Haven shooter indicted

    Toby Rhynehart said he’s looking forward to proving he is innocent of allegations that he shot at Tiger Haven in May.
    He’ll get that chance because the Roane County grand jury indicted him on a charge of reckless endangerment on Monday.
    “I’m going to prove my innocence,” Rhynehart said Tuesday. “I think I can prove it with no problem.”

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Self arrested Rhynehart on May 14 after responding to Tiger Haven on a shots-fired call.

  • AG: Ryans wrong to serve dual roles

    The issue of Jim Ryans serving on the Roane County Board of Public Utilities and the Roane County Election Commission became moot locally when he resigned from the utilities board in July 2012.
    Before he stepped down, state officials had sought an opinion on the matter from Tennessee Attorney General Robert E. Cooper Jr.
    Cooper finally issued one last week.
    “A member of the Roane County Election Commission may not serve as a member of the Roane County Board of Public Utilities,” the opinion said.

  • BANG! You’re not dead

    Some Roane County Sheriff’s officers were doing more than just knocking on doors last week.
    Some of them learned what is considered a safer new technique in high-risk situations for breaking down doors.
    They used a device called the WallBanger, which merges a battering ram with explosives.

    The device allows for a faster, more successful forced entry, giving potentially hostile suspects less time to react and arm themselves.

  • Jackson promotes Harriman

    Dina Jackson has a unique viewpoint of the gradually changing face of Harriman’s downtown from her office at the visitora center next to the historic Princess Theatre.
    Jackson moved her office there late this summer so that the center, which is paid for with a Tennessee Department of Transportation enhancement grant, will be open throughout the week.
    “It also helps if people want to come and talk about the buildings downtown,” Jackson said.

  • State’s new intellectual disabilities department riddled with problems

    The Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, formerly headed by Kingston’s Jim Henry, must remedy serious problems, state auditors reported.
    Those problems involve service recipient safety practices, service delivery system and information system implementation efforts, according to a report released Tuesday by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office.