Today's News

  • Smoot lawyer: Money for bond was family’s, not his

    Should a man who is out of jail on a $250,000 cash bond be able to afford his own attorney?
    The answer is no in the case of accused killer Shawn Smoot.
    “He didn’t come up with that money,” attorney Bob Vogel said. “His family did.”
    Smoot was released from jail in March after his parents posted the $250,000 cash bond.

    Despite the six-figure surety, Smoot is still considered an indigent defendant in Roane County Criminal Court, which means the state is paying for Vogel to represent him. 

  • ‘They saved my life, without question’

    Chasity Pennington didn’t plan on getting her mammogram last year.
    It’s a good thing she did. If she hadn’t, it might have been too late to help her today.
    “To me, it is God’s work,” the Oliver Springs woman said. “If I had waited even a year, the outcome would have been totally different.”

    Pennington was diagnosed and treated for an aggressive form of breast cancer shortly after her mammogram by the University of Tennessee Medical Center mobile mammography unit.

  • Renaissance Fest over first hurdle on property lease

    Darkhorse Designs’ Lars Paulson is anxious to get started with work on the land he hopes to make a permanent renaissance festival in Harriman.
    Lars and wife Barrie Paulson got approval last week of a non-binding letter of intent regarding 86 acres in what is called the Harriman industrial park property off Fiske Road.
    The couple plan to bring a contract for a 10-year lease of the property with an option to buy it to a coming Harriman City Council meeting.
    The Paulsons have financial backers and hope to have a festival up and going by next May.

  • Lawyer indicted on sex charges

    Kent Booher, a lawyer from Harriman, was indicted in Loudon County on Monday on several sex charges.

    Booher was indicted on three counts of aggravated statutory rape, one count of solicitation of a minor and one count of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.  
    “It’s a surprise to me,” Kingston attorney Chris Cawood said. “I know him. I always thought he was a good guy and it’s really shocking to hear that.”
    Booher does criminal defense work in Roane County Criminal Court.

  • Harriman man gets 8 years in guilty plea for selling drugs

    Carleton Goins had a chance to face a jury on Tuesday.
    Instead, he decided to plead guilty to charges of selling cocaine.

    “A lot of these guys tend to think that we’re not able to get our confidential informants to trial,” Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said. “When they find out we can, they change their mind.”
    Reedy said Goins was sentenced to eight years in prison. The case stemmed from a 2009 indictment.

  • No proof co-worker tainted Mountain Dew

    The case against the woman accused of poisoning her co-worker’s Mountain Dew in 2011 was dismissed Thursday morning in Roane County Criminal Court.
    Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said the state didn’t have any proof to substantiate the reckless endangerment charge against Ashley Nicole Carroll.
    “We were never able to develop the identity of what the substance was alleged to be,” he said.
    “There’s no proof at all, medical or otherwise, so it had to be nolle prossed” or dismissed.

  • December opening eyed for Boys, Girls Club

    A Boys and Girls Club opening in Roane County may be as close as mid-December, but organizers need community support.
    The Roane County Boys and Girls Club Unit Advisory Board is kicking off a Founders’ Campaign at the Hooray for Harriman Labor Day Festival.
    However, anyone can donate now or in the future.
    “All funds raised from the Founders’ Campaign stays right here in Roane County,” said board chairman Mike Dishman. “We are ready. I cannot wait to cut a ribbon.”

  • WHOOPS!: Steakhouse actually for New York

    A new restaurant looking for employees in Midtown is not talking about Midtown, Tenn., despite what job postings might indicate.
    Job seekers have gone to websites like Indeed.com and seen postings like a dining room manager advertised for Midtown, Tenn.
    A link then takes them to a website talking about NYY Steak Midtown.
    Coyne Public Relations officials say the restaurant is opening in Midtown  Manhattan, which is an upscale area of New York City.
    NYY Steak, under the Hard Rock Restaurant umbrella, is a New York Yankee-themed eatery.

  • Fall Into His Arms conference slated

    Morrison Hill Christian Church, Kingston, will be the site of the first Fall into His Arms Women’s Conference.

    Organizers call it “The first of its kind in Roane County.” It will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 13 and from 9 to 3 p.m. Sept. 14 in the church at 106 Morrison Hill Circle.

    The conference is organized by Brenda Wright, a Bible teacher at Morrison Hill Christian Church.

  • Gala to raise money for scholarships for Roane student writers

    The 2013 Student Writers Scholarship Gala, a fundraising event, will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14 in the old Roane County Courthouse, Kingston.

    “Sentenced to Write” is the theme of this year’s event, a partnership between Roane Writers Group and Roane County Heritage Commission.

    Antebellum-costumed greeters and other period characters will mingle with guests.

    The gala is the primary fundraiser for the scholarships and prizes awarded to winners of Roane Writers Group’s annual Student Writing Contest.