Today's News

  • Smoky on and in the water

    The Kingston and Rockwood community swim teams competed in the Smoky Mountain Invitational recently. Kingsont placed 21st as a team while Rockwood came in at 26.

  • Season ends for County DY teams

    Staff Report

    for The Rone County News

    Both the Kingston and Harriman baseball teams played several games each in the Ozone League District Tournament in Loudon recently.

    Kingston won their opening game against Sweetwater, 16-6.

    They did it by scoring 9 runs in the top of the fifth inning.

    Sweetwater couldn’t match that feat in the bottom of the sixth and Kingston moved on to face Selmer.

  • 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.”

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: School plan top Roane issue

    By Mark Banker

    By the time you read these words, the Aug. 2 election will be upon us.

    Thanks to early voting, some of you will have already fulfilled your civic obligation. Others of you have pretty much made up your minds about candidates and key issues and will, like me, show up at the polls next Thursday.

    Sadly, many of our neighbors will contribute to Tennessee’s dead-last ranking for voter turnout.

    Special thanks to the 13 candidates for Roane County Commission who responded to the Roane County News’ candidate survey.

  • 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.