Local News

  • 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.

  • Smoother driving in Rockwood

    Paving around Rockwood is progressing quickly.

    Twenty-eight roads or portions of roads have been paved thus far, and paving crews are currently working in the city’s northwest area.

    “A couple of places that are really bad we cannot do it until we mill,” Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    “It has went really well.”

  • Roane schools recipient of grant funds

    The Roane County Board of Education heard about some grants the system received during its monthly meeting last week.

    “I applied for three Perkins Reserve competitive grants in April,” Career and Technical Education Director Lance Duff said. “In June we received word that we were granted all three of those.”