Today's News

  • ‘My Water Path’ author to speak

    Roane County author Timothy Joseph will speak about his new book, “My Water Path,” and the art of writing during Kingston Public Library’s “Thursday Night at the Library.”

    The event begins at 6 p.m. May 22.

    Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served.

    Advance copies of “My Water Path,” scheduled for a June release, will be available for purchase along with copies of some of Joseph’s previous works.

  • GUEST OPINION: Donald Sterling and more lessons in free speech


    What’s left to say about the ugly, racist views of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and the vocal reactions to his comments?

    Well, from a First Amendment free expression perspective, several things — some of which may well resonate even longer than Sterling’s repugnant remarks and the lifetime ban imposed on him by Adam Silver, commissioner of the National Basketball Association.

  • TVA monies allocated for pool filtration, welcome signs

    Not much is left of the $43 million TVA set aside to help Roane County recover from the 2008 ash spill.

    But last week, the foundation overseeing the spending approved the allocation of about $33,000 for Rockwood and Oliver Springs.

    Rockwood’s request was for $8,195 to go toward improving the filtration system at the municipal swimming pool.

  • Rape charge filed by police in Kingston

    Kingston police charged a 23-year-old man with rape over the weekend. 

    Bradley Aaron Allison also faces three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and reckless endangerment. 

    According to the police report, three juveniles told police that Allison provided them with alcohol and pills. 

    The report also said that one of the juveniles told police Allison made her get into the back of his car. That’s where the alleged rape occurred. 

  • Pemberton on ballot in 9th’s four counties

    The Roane County Election Commission’s decision to certify circuit court judge candidate Mike Pemberton means he’ll be on the ballot in all four counties. 

    “Roane County certified him, and that’s the home county where his petition originated, so yes, he’ll be on our ballot,” Loudon County Administrator of Elections Susan Harrison said. 

  • Quick arrest in fatal Harriman hit-and-run

    A Harriman woman arrested for DUI has been charged in the hit-and-run death of 59-year-old Daniel Hester on Pansy Hill Road.

    Raychell Christine Huckelby, 47, 222 Roberts St., was charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident. 

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said Officer Joe Sherrill saw Huckelby’s truck stop, back up and then pull out, and followed because a light was out on the vehicle.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Front Porch just as tasty, picturesque second time around

    My wife, Carol, and I really enjoy our “Out to Lunch” adventures. We’re always looking for new places to visit and write about.

    “Why can’t we occasionally revisit a restaurant that has good memories, like the Front Porch Restaurant at Arrowhead Resort in Spring City?” Carol asked.

    I’ve written 156 “Out to Lunch” articles since our Front Porch article was published in August 2008. Our recent return visit was No. 177.

  • Sheriff outpacing opponent in fundraising

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton received $12,400 in campaign contributions between Jan. 16-March 31.

    His cash on hand at the end of the reporting period was $48,773.16.

    Stockton’s opponent in the upcoming election, Rockwood police officer Jared Hall, received $6,510 in contributions and had $1,119 in cash on hand at the end of the reporting period.

    Stockton said he plans to work hard this election season to get votes, regardless of how well his fundraising is going.

  • Kingston looking at no tax increase

    Kingston City Council moved to put the first reading of the 2014-15 budget on the May 13 council agenda at the month’s work session.

    No substantial changes are anticipated. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in Kingston City Hall.

    The proposed budget, which was hammered out during special budget meetings last month, features little in the way of new capital expenditures.

    Though it includes a raise for city employees, it will not require a property tax increase.

  • Harriman man found dead along side of road

    Harriman police are investigating the cause of death of a man found alongside Pansy Hill Road Friday morning.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle identified the man, the victim of an apparent hit-and-run, as 59-year-old Daniel Hester.

    Harriman authorities were called to the scene at 6:46 a.m. Friday.

    Heidle said an autopsy has been ordered and will reveal the time of


    “We have the THP CIRT team out here doing the reconstruction” of the incident, Heidle added late Friday morning.