Local News

  • 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.

  • Woman charged in shooting

    From staff reports

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office has arrested and charged a woman with first degree murder related to a shooting South of the River last week.

    Jenny Michelle Parton was arrested Tuesday at her residence following an investigation into a shooting at her 1546 River Road home on Friday, March 15.

    Her bond is set at $500,000.

    According to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to an initial call that a person was shot accidentally, thinking that the person was breaking into the residence.



    Surfs Up Car Wash in Midtown held a going away party for Daniel Ray, who will be leaving for the United States Air Force. Ray was one of the first employees hired when the car wash opened in 2016.

  • TVA takes comment on ash storage

    The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking for public comment on a plan to expand the boundaries of an onsite dry storage landfill for coal combustion residuals at Kingston Fossil Plant near Harriman, Tennessee.

    TVA currently operates a permitted state-of-the-art dry landfill on TVA property at Kingston for coal ash and gypsum, which is produced by the air emissions controls at the plant.

    The landfill is designed for two phases.

    The first phase has been in operation since 2015.

  • One hurt, one jailed after crash

    By Richard Evans

    A traffic accident early Saturday led to the arrest of Kimberly Baker, 39, on a charge of vehicular assault.

    A passenger in the vehicle, William E. Underwood, received multiple injuries and was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville via Lifestar.

    Trooper Nathaniel Crow of the Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to a traffic accident on Interstate 40 near the 358-mile marker.

    He said when he arrived on the scene, Baker had “thick/slurred speech and appeared to be having trouble forming coherent sentences.”


    The Roane County School Board began the process of selecting the next Director of School on Monday.

    The first three of eight candidates presented themselves to the school board to answer a series of questions ranging from why they want the job to how they would work to improve relations between the schools and Roane County Commission.


  • Director search is on move

    From staff reports
    The Roane County Board of Education on Monday, March 18, will begin interviewing eight candidates for the Director of Schools position.
    The board will be interviewing several candidates per night beginning Monday and continuing Tuesday and Wednesday.
    Each night of interviews will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the central office, 105 Bluff Road, Kingston.
    The number of candidates could be narrowed down to just a few following this first round of interviews.

  • Sportsman Club resident frets on possible landslide

    Mark Turpin is worried about the hillside across the street from his home on Sportsman Club Road.

    “I’ve lived here more than half my life and I used to love it,” he told the Roane County Commission on March 11.

    “Now I’m just kind of scared. I don’t know what to do about it.”

    Turpin said recent rainfall didn’t help the situation.

    “I’m really worried about our mountainside coming down,” he said.