Local News

  • 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.

  • Sports fields of dreams is dimming

    Plans for a mega sports complex at the Southwest Point Golf Course were a topic of discussion at the Oct. 15 Roane County Commission meeting.

    “As of right now, everything from what I’ve been told, everything’s off the table,” Commissioner David Bell said. “There’s not 12, 14, 20 baseball fields coming in. They’ve pulled out.”

    Bell’s comments came during a discussion about rezoning the property from C-1 (Commercial District) to C-2 (Highway Commercial).


    Early voting for the Nov. 6 election ends this week.

    “I would vote early if it was me,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said.

    Early voting ends on Thursday, Nov. 1. Roane County has four early voting locations: Kingston Community Center, Harriman Community Center, Rockwood Community Center and First Christian Church in Oak Ridge.

    Early voting hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    “You can vote at any of the early voting sites,” Holiway said.

  • Wheel tax silence irks Commission

    Some members of the Roane County Commission said they are surprised school officials aren’t campaigning for the wheel tax referendum.

    “It was a surprise to me,” Commissioner Mike Hooks said.

    “I just assumed if they were going to do any type of building program, whatever it would take to finance it, if the need is that bad, then they ought to be willing to come out and find ways to help financially support it if that’s what we need.”

    Early voting for the Nov. 6 election started on Oct. 17 and ends on Nov. 1.

  • Man who went to prison for crash arrested again

    One of the people indicted this month for selling methamphetamine in Rockwood served time in state prison for killing an elderly woman in a car crash.

    Dylan Seth Headrick was charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication in 2011 for the death of Nancy Hill.

    She was driving on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood when Headrick crashed into her head-on.

    Headrick later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of vehicular homicide by recklessness and was sentenced to five years in prison.

    His sentence ended on Feb. 8, 2017.

  • REU eyes broadband at meeting

    By Richard Evans

    The Rockwood Electric Utility Board will hear a presentation from the team doing a feasibility study for them concerning Broadband.

    The called meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday at the REU Training Room.

    Representatives from Nokia and Corning will be hand for the meeting, said REU General Manager Kendall Bear.