Today's News

  • Humphrey assault case dismissed because alleged victim a no-show

    Misdemeanor assault charges against former Harriman Police Chief Kenny Humphrey were dropped in Anderson County General Sessions Court Thursday.

    The prosecution retains the option of filing charges again in the future.

    “I am very grateful for all the support I received from people in the community,” Humphrey said.

    He had nothing else to add.

    He was charged with assault after a June 30 incident at Swifty’s Atomic Bar & Grill in Oak Ridge.

  • Dogwood Drive project faces scrutiny

    The Kingston City Council on Tuesday decided to delay voting on authorization to execute a contract with Tennessee Department of Transportation for the Dogwood Drive Expansion Project.

    The $1.7 million project to improve the road would require Kingston pay half the cost, or about $850,000.

    The city would have to take out a loan to finance the project.

    Councilwoman Stephanie Wright made a motion to table the vote until new members of the council were seated and had time to review the issue.

  • TBI shows the tools of their trade

    TBI held a media event at its Knoxville crime lab this fall.

    “Traditionally, TBI was founded to work those complicated crime scenes that the small agencies can’t work,” said Mike Lyttle, assistant director of forensic services for the TBI.

    “Homicides typically, usually in rural areas where they don’t have a large enough police force to deal with that.”

    TBI officials gave a tour of the crime lab and provided an up close look at some of the tools the agency uses to conduct investigations.

  • Rockwood Police promote Heidle to detective

    By Richard Evans

    Experience and training — that’s what Det. Randy Heidle brings to the table for the Rockwood Police Department.

    “I’ve always enjoyed investigations and I’m looking forward to working with the Chief and the other investigators here in the City of Rockwood. I’m really fortunate. It’s a great opportunity,” he said.

    Heidle was promoted to the position following the approval of the Rockwood City Council during their most recent meeting on Monday, Oct. 22.

  • Teen accused of aggravated robbery

    A teenager is accused in an alleged robbery.

    The female victim told police she was robbed of $20 and hit her with a weapon.

    Zachery Douglas Ray, 18, has been charged with especially aggravated robbery in the incident.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, the victim told police that she had spent the night with some friends in Knoxville.

  • Baby Sophia defies odds to reach first birthday

    Sophia Crabtree is an energetic and smiling little girl — one who rarely meets a stranger — recently celebrated her first birthday.

    She loves gravy, peas, and sweet potatoes.

    On the surface, that doesn’t seem so different from many children her age, but rest assured, Sophia is a very special little girl.

    Sophia is a miracle.

  • Woman charged in fatal car crash

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated a deadly crash on Airport Road on Saturday.

    The crash happened on the Morgan County side, but the person killed was from Rockwood.

    It happened around 3 p.m.

    According to the report, Amber Manis of Oakdale was traveling south on Airport Road in a 2005 Chrysler minivan.

    She crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a 1998 Mazda Protege driven by Joseph Jones of Rockwood.

    Jones, 40, was killed.

  • Humphrey: new court and new job

    By Richard Evans

    The misdemeanor assault case against former Harriman Chief of Police Kenneth Humphrey was delayed last month but remains on the docket.

    The case was reset for 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in Anderson County General Sessions Court in Oak Ridge.

    Although he is no longer with the police department, Humphrey still works for the city in the capacity of administrative assistant.

  • Doctor no concern for Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition

    Dr. Timothy Bell’s move to East Race Street in downtown Kingston doesn’t appear to have drawn the ire of the Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition.

    “We haven’t had any problems at all,” Anti-Drug Coalition Executive Director Sarah Harrison said Monday.

    “I think he’s still running the same practice that he has for years, just in a different location.”

    Bell’s office is next door to the Anti-Drug Coalition.

    He moved into the space earlier this year.