Today's News

  • Kingston ready for ‘big one’

    Don White has a succinct and appropriate name for the planned intersection upgrade at Hwys. 58 and 70 — the single most significant project pending in Kingston right now at a half-million dollars.

    “The big one,” he calls it.

    White, Kingston City Council’s transportation chairman, had both in-person and mail correspondence with Tennessee Department of Transportation Regional Director Steve Borden this summer.

  • Rockwood wants voters to live there

    A proposal to allow Rockwood property owners who live outside the city limits to have a say come Election Day will not be going to the state assembly.

    Rockwood City Council approved a number of charter change resolutions to send to state Sen. Ken Yager and state Reps. Kent Calfee and Ron Travis this month to address a number of alterations to the city’s municipal code.

    Councilwoman Peggy Evans, who proposed the legislation to allow nonresidents who own city property to vote in Rockwood, was supported only by Councilman Mike Freeman.

  • Two killed in separate Rockwood accidents


    A Rockwood man died after his weapon discharged while he was cleaning it Friday.

    William Henley York II, 42, accidentally shot himself in the head. A family member attempted CPR until emergency personnel arrived.

    In addition to being a Rockwood Masonic Lodge 403 member, he was employed at Oak Ridge K-25 as a radiation safety supervisor.

    His obituary can be found on page 6.


    A Smithville woman died in a Nov. 24 accident in Rockwood.

  • RSCC concerts at Princess Theatre

    Get in the festive spirit by joining the Roane State Community College Music Department for its annual Winter Concert on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

    The event begins at 6:30 p.m., and donations will be accepted at the door.

    The concert will feature Roane State’s Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Celebration Singers, faculty and guest musicians, including the Bowers Elementary School Chorus.

    Everyone is also invited to come a bit early for a 3 p.m. recital by Roane State music students.

  • Multi-vehicle accident in Midtown
  • GUEST OPINION: Be thankful for religious freedom at any holiday


    Inside the First Amendment

    The marketing frenzy surrounding “Thanksgivukkah” — a term coined by a Massachusetts woman for this year’s rare convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah — reminds me of an old New Yorker cartoon:

    Leaning on the railing of a ship bound for the New World, one Pilgrim says to another: “My immediate goal is religious freedom, but my long term plan is to go into real estate.”

  • Houston trial reset for January

    Rocky Houston’s federal firearms trial has been postponed again. It was scheduled to start on Tuesday, but U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. granted another continuance last week.

    Houston’s court-appointed attorney – Michael P. McGovern – filed a motion to withdraw from the case on Nov. 1.

    Shirley reset a hearing on McGovern’s motion for Dec. 9 and moved the trial to Jan. 28.

    Houston faces 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, which could net him up to 140 years in prison if convicted.

  • Fort Southwest Point sets Christmas candlelight tour

    Kingston’s Fort Southwest Point will host a Christmas candlelight tour and reception next weekend.

    The tour and reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14.

    The public is welcome to visit and experience the sights, sounds and flavors common to the people of the 18th century.

    Guests will be greeted at the visitors center for the candlelight tour of the fort.

    Beeswax candles will light the walkway, and bagpipe music will set the tone.

    Special attention will be given to recreate an atmosphere of the past during the event.

  • The Garden Gate: Don’t take the common grapefruit for granted

    Crusaders arriving in the Holy Land during the 12th century were amazed and excited to learn that apples, supposedly the forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden, were not native to this land.

    Many researchers today believe the forbidden fruit was the apricot. But the Crusaders of the 12th century thought it was the big, yellow citrus fruit they called the pomolo.

    This tropical fruit would grow in England, but it flourished in the islands of the Caribbean.

  • THP to conduct license checks in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct two driver’s license roadside safety checkpoints this month in Roane County.

    The first will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 6 at Eagle Furnace and Winton Chapel roads near Rockwood.

    The second checkpoint will be from 8 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13 on Pumphouse Road at Arp Drive near Rockwood.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.