Local News

  • View from around the world: Exploring Havana, Cuba and the country’s healthcare system

    By Deborah Kirkland

    Havana, Cuba is celebrating its 500-year anniversary, and the city is ramping up for its big celebration, attracting visitors from all over the world.

    For over 50 years, the United States has imposed a trade embargo and travel prohibition, which only began to ease somewhat in 2009 under the Obama administration.

    General tourist visitation is still prohibited, although U.S. citizens often circumvent this by traveling to Canada or Mexico or other routes first, then going to Cuba.

  • Man struck, hurt by SUV

    Rockwood police are investigating an alleged assault involving an SUV.

    According to the report, police responded to Victorian Square around 8 p.m. on Thursday and encountered three males, one of whom was on the ground complaining about a broken leg.

    “I spoke with the male on the ground who said his name is Mr. Donald Goldberg,” the report said.

    “The other male said he is Mr. D. Goldberg’s brother, Mr. Charles ‘Rodney’ Goldberg. The third male said his name is Mr. Edward ‘T.J.’ Baxter.”

  • Harriman eyes getting Temperance on list of endangered buildings

    By Richard Evans
    The Harriman City Council voted Tuesday evening to nominate the Temperance Building for the East Tennessee Endangered 8, a listing of the eight most threatened historic sites in the region.
    “We have an opportunity to put the Temperance Building on this list. All it would do basically is to say that is endangered and needs repairs. They can give us a strategic plan as to what to do to get it repaired or renovated,” said Dina Jackson.
    Jackson is a member of the Temperance Building committee.

  • Man charged in domestic assault at RV park

    By Richard Evans
    An incident Saturday at the Caney Creek RV Resort led to the arrest of a man on a charge of domestic assault.
    James Scott Hill, 52, was also charged with preventing use of the 911 system by disabling and false imprisonment.

    According to the report from the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to the location after a female reportedly ran to one of the campsites claiming she was being held against her will.

  • Kingston Street Fest kicks off March 30

    Kingston will hold the 2019 Spring Street Fest on Saturday, March 30, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the grounds of the old Roane County Courthouse.

    “This event promises to be a day of fun for the entire family,” said Debbie Russell, events manager at the Kingston Parks and Recreation Department. 

    “There will be more kids activities this year including a mobile gaming center,” she said.

    An expansive array of Tennessee’s finest crafters, retail and home-based sales vendors will be on site selling their merchandise.

  • Roane land grab cuts into Kingston’s coffers

    Roane County has purchased eight properties around the jail in Kingston since 2010.

    Because the county doesn’t pay taxes, that’s eight pieces of property that the city no longer collects taxes on.

    “We hate to expand the government footprint, but sometimes it’s necessary,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “We didn’t have many options.”

    The county was in need of additional land because it’s planning to expand the jail.

  • Kingston Academy now closed

    By Richard Evans
    Kingston Academy is now closed and it is unclear what the future holds for the facility.

    “We have decided not to accept any referrals to Kingston at this time and plan to open a new facility that will be state of the art and a beautiful place for our staff and residents,” said Steve Gilbert, executive vice president of Sequel Youth and Family Services, the company which operates Kingston Academy.

  • Kinkel crumbled — McFall into place

    The sudden withdrawal of Anthony Kinkel from consideration for the Director of Schools job puts LaDonna McFall into contention with Thomas Sisk.

    Schoolboard chair Nadine Jackson said Friday that Kinkel, who received the second highest point total during the interview process, had removed his name from contention.

    Jackson provided an email from Kinkel in which he expressed his regret for having to withdraw from the interview process.

  • RPD responds to fake firearm threat

    By Richard Evans

    A Rockwood man has been charged with two counts of assault and one count of displaying an imitation firearm in a threatening manner.

    Jesse Craig Bacon, 21, was arrested Monday following an incident on West Dunn Street in Rockwood.

  • Felon faces the feds for firearm

    A Harriman man is in trouble with the feds. Boyd Wayne McClure faces one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

    A federal grand jury in Knoxville returned the indictment against McClure last month. He pleaded not guilty to the charge during his initial appearance/arraignment.

    McClure, 55, is being held at the Blount County Jail in Maryville while the case is pending. His trial is tentatively set for April 16.

    The indictment alleges McClure illegally possessed a firearm on Aug. 6, 2018.