Local News

  • Kingston water line break closes down courthouse

    The Roane County Courthouse was closed Friday due to a water leak on Race Street.

    Kingston Water Department had the leak repaired by that afternoon, but crews were still working on paving the highway.

    Circuit Court Clerk Ann Goldston said the court system was fortunate the caseload for that day was not substantial, so there weren’t many hiccups created.

    “Luckily, it turned out to not be that bad,” she said. “It could have been if we had a huge docket.”

  • Fossil plant puts out fire

    A person out fishing called 911 on July 15 to report a fire at the Kingston Fossil Plant. Local fire departments were contacted about the incident, but TVA said plant employees handled the situation.

  • Woman pulls out of trustee race but sign order, refund off

    A would-be candidate for public office claims she received neither her political signs nor a refund after deciding to not seek office and canceling her order on April 3.

    Bina Kirby took civil action against the Sign Shop in Harriman in May, and court officials confirmed she got a judgment in the case this month.

    Court records show Kirby got a levy on the bank on July 9 to attempt to get reimbursed for the money.

  • School board pays tribute to Massengill

    Former Roane County Board of Education member Everett Massengill was remembered at last week’s meeting.

    “I hope everyone remembers his family because now is the time when they really need somebody,” Board Member Danny Wright said.

    “We lost an outstanding school board member in Everett Massengill, but he was even a better friend and fellow,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller added. “He did so many great things for all of us.”

    Massengill served on the school board for more than two decades.

  • Harriman leaders to meet to buy fire vehicle

    Harriman City Council will meet in special-called session on Tuesday to purchase a pumper truck for the Harriman Fire Department.

    The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

    “Both of our current engines are experiencing maintenance issues and we do not feel they are reliable enough to get us through the more than a year it takes for delivery of a new unit,” City

    Manager Kevin Helms said.

  • Serial burglar serving sentence at Bledsoe

    Timothy Fink’s stay at the Roane County Jail didn’t last long.

    Fink, who pleaded guilty in 17 burglary cases in March, is now an inmate at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex in Pikeville.

    On July 2, Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced Fink to 12 years in prison for his burglary spree.

    He wasn’t taken into custody right away because Wicks gave him 60 days before he had to report to start serving the sentence.

    Fink was arrested and booked into the Roane County Jail on July 7 on a violation of probation charge.


    The man anxious to preserve where he believes many of his ancestors are buried used an age-old means of identifying graves and got his beliefs bolstered by modern technology.

    Ralph Martin believed dowsing identified 45 graves at the farm that was once owned by some of his ancestors, the Robertses, long before it became part of the decommissioned K-25 Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Oak Ridge.

    It wasn’t enough, however, for officials, so he turned to the University of Tennessee’s Department of Anthropology for ground-penetrating radar.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Research on Roane Alliance reveals amusing facts

    Gentle reader, we begin with an item or two on the theme of irony.

    First, we heard on the radio that IPSOS, the polling organization has done a poll concerning immigration, one of the questions in which was about the sources of information upon which the respondents relied to form their opinions on immigration and immigrants.

  • Former Tigers standout killed

    Isiah Jones, a former standout football player at Rockwood High School, was shot and killed in Knoxville on Wednesday.

    He was 20 years old.

    The shooting happened on Porter Avenue. Knoxville police are investigating.