Today's News

  • Grant puts Kingston dog park goal over the top

    Fundraising for a dog park in Kingston got a big boost with the announcement last week of a $25,000 grant from the Boyd Foundation.

    The Dog Park Dash grant solicited by Outdoor Kingston and the Kingston Parks and Recreation Department will put fundraising efforts over the top.

    “We are about $15,000 over the original goal,” said Charles Elmore, chairman of the board for Outdoor Kingston.

    The park, to be known as Fort Paws, will be near Byrd Field adjacent to Kingston City Park.

  • Harriman making strides toward goals set in 2017

    Progress has been made on all the goals Harriman officials set for the city at last year’s strategic planning session, but work isn’t over.

    “I think it’s great. I think that is why we set the goals is to try to complete them. I try to touch base on them at least every other month with the Council to let them know where we are at and what we are doing,” Mayor Wayne Best said.

  • Man jailed for leaving kids home alone

    A Kingston father is facing charges of child abuse and neglect for allegedly leaving two children home alone.

    According to the warrant, Kingston Police Officer Adam Alkishawi responded to Apartment D at 306 Kelsey Drive on July 3. He was met by Jeff Clark when he arrived.

    “Mr. Clark advised that he was outside his residence around 7:30 a.m. and observed Mr. Phillip Partin Jr. getting in his vehicle and leaving his residence,” the warrant said. “Mr. Clark advised that he noticed that his two children were not in the vehicle with him.”

  • Man accused of stuffing meat down pants

    A Harriman man allegedly tried to steal some meat from the Rockwood IGA by stuffing it down his pants.

    Police responded before he made it out of the store.

    The suspect, identified as Cecil Allen Conley, was cited for shoplifting.

    The incident happened on June 29.

    “Upon arrival, I spoke to store manager Roger Sharp who stated a white male had put two packages of meat down the front of his pants and handed a salt and pep-per set to a male child that was with him,” Rockwood Detective Dwayne Gray said in the report.

  • Serial burglar gets 12 years in prison

    If you go on a crime spree that wrecks the lives of multiple people, don’t expect to get off with probation.

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sent that message on Monday, when he sentenced Timothy Shawn Fink to 12 years in prison.

    “That’s one thing the court really relied upon,” Wicks said. “What kind of message would the court be sending to the community if someone could go on basically the one-man crime spree that Mr. Fink did and then get full probation out of it?”

  • Harriman grant to ease traffic flow

    Harriman travelers will have an easier time through the city in the future thanks to an approximately $2.4 million grant the city received from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant, which is a federal program, does not require a match and will be used to ease traffic flow throughout the city.

    “If the vehicles can move along more efficiently, not having to sit in traffic in idle then that improves air quality,” said city manager Kevin Helms.

  • Fire damages Margrave Drive home

    An early morning fire around 1:45 a.m. Thursday damaged a 1005 Margrave Drive home.

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Daniels said they had heavy fire in a room used for storage. The fire is under investigation because the home was vacant.

    “The fire was knocked down by the shift on duty and had small amount of fire damage in the kitchen area. Fire cause is undetermined at this time,” Daniels said.

  • Pistol whipping charges dismissed

    The aggravated assault charges against Robert James Tonachio Jr. were dismissed last month.

    Tonachio was accused of pointing a gun at his girlfriend and pistol whipping her male friend last September.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: They’re not conservatives, they’re reactionaries!

    Gentle reader: We don’t watch a great deal of television, so you may have seen much more of the current TV advertising battle among the GOP gubernatorial candidates then we have, but the other day we saw one that seems to represent one of the great problems not only for our state, but for the nation.

    The upshot of this ad was that of the four candidates, two are in fact conservatives, but that one is not as he claims a conservative, but a MODERATE!