Local News

  • Delbert McClinton brings blues to the Princess on March 16

    By Richard Evans

    Blues legend Delbert McClinton will make his return to the Historic Princess Theatre in Harriman Saturday, March 16.

    The show starts at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $39 and reserved premium tickets are $50.

    A native of Texas, McClinton was born in Lubbock, the same musical hotbed that produced Buddy Holly and Mac Davis.

    His musical influences were rhythm and blues, Tejano and western swing.

    At age 11, his family moved east to Fort Worth where he started his career in music.

  • Ten Mile man indicted for role in 2018 fatal crash

    A fatal crash has resulted in an indictment for a Ten Mile man.

    Stacey Neil Vance is charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication, vehicular homicide by recklessness and DUI.

    The fatal crash occurred on June 13, 2018.

    It happened on Hwy. 58 at the intersection of Squaw Valley Road around 6:30 p.m.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the crash.

    According to the report, David Hughes was stopped and about to make a left turn on his motorcycle when Vance, driving a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier, rear-ended him.

  • Board’s sales job falls short

    State education officials were impressed by the Roane County Board of Education’s plan to construct a new consolidated high school.

    However, the school board failed to instill that same excitement in its local funding body.

    Board Chairperson Nadine Jackson said that’s something she and her colleagues have to do a better job of in the future.

    “I think we have to own the fact that we didn’t do a very good job of presenting the need,” she said.

  • Youth removed from Kingston Academy

    Richard Evans

    The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services suspended admissions to Kingston Academy Wednesday and removed 18 children from the facility.

    The children, who ranged in age from 5 to 17, were moved to other placements.

    The department is investigating concerns at the facility, according to Carrie Weir, communications officer for DCS.

    She did not give a reason as to why admissions were suspended or what the concerns of DCS entailed.

  • Foul play not suspected in Roane County Jail inmate's death

    Authorities don't suspect foul play in the Friday death of a man who was an inmate at the Roane County Jail.

    "No signs of trauma," District Attorney General Russell Johnson said. "No suspicious circumstances."
    Joshua Douglas Daniels, 43, was in jail on drug charges.

  • County gets in landlord business

    The residents at 300 Spring St., Kingston, have a new landlord.

    Roane County has purchased the four-unit apartment building at that address.

    “It was the last piece of property that had to be purchased for the jail expansion plan,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    The county jail, which opened in 2009, is located on Third Street in Kingston next to the Dollar General.

    The county is planning to expand the jail, and it has acquired a number of nearby properties in recent years for the expansion project.

  • High court refuses to hear Smoot

    Shawn Smoot’s attempt to get the Tennessee Supreme Court to hear his appeal was unsuccessful.

    The convicted killer filed an application with the high court in November.

    “Upon consideration of the application for permission to appeal of Shawn Nelson Smoot and the record before us, the application is denied,” the court said in an order filed last month.

    A Roane County jury found Smoot guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Nicole Morris.

  • Down to five in Kingston rec search

    The search for the next director of Kingston’s Parks and Recreation Department has narrowed down to just five candidates.

    City Manager David Bolling said this week that he has reviewed 49 applications for the position that was vacated after the resignation of former Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross last month.

  • Harriman eyes moving to new location for municipal offices

    By Richard Evans

    During their workshop Tuesday evening, the Harriman City Council discussed the potential move of city hall and the anticipated demolition of a portion of the old Harriman Hospital.

    Mayor Wayne Best said the city has expressed interest to Covenant Health for the vacant medical office building across Roane Street from the old hospital but to date has heard nothing from them.

    He said he would get in contact with them this week and check on the status of the offer.