Today's News

  • Obed Wild and Scenic River to hold healthy hike

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River will be conducting a ranger-led healthy hike at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.

    Join Ranger Rick Ryan for a moderate out and back hike of 2.6 miles total along the Emory River Gorge section of the Cumberland Trail.

    The trail begins at the historic Nemo Bridge and ascends through a peaceful understory of winter evergreens embraced by the sounds of water resonating off the canyon walls, culminating in a sweeping overlook above the confluence of the Obed and Emory Rivers.

    Participants should meet at the Nemo picnic area.

  • Kingston to evaluate its compliance with ADA regulations, remedy them

    Maintaining compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) will not be inexpensive, a consultant told the Kingston City Council Tuesday night.

    All the municipalities in Roane County that employ more than 50 people, including Kingston, will have to conduct an audit to evaluate ADA compliance, said Bryan Hill, Project Manager with Community Development Partners.

    “It’s for all the buildings that have public access,” Hill said.

  • Kingston considers allowing alcohol sales at events

    The sale of alcoholic beverages at city events in Kingston is again being discussed by city council.

    At Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor Tim Neal said that with the construction of the amphitheater at Southwest Point the issue of serving beer at such a venue is again up for discussion.

    City Manager David Bolling said concerts at the amphitheater might be a potential fit for beer sales.

    Organizers of other events, such as the Storm the Fort Triathlon, might consider adding a post event concert with beer sales.

  • Harriman still frustrated with problem properties

    By Richard Evans

    Mayor Wayne Best expressed his frustration with ongoing code violations in Harriman during the city council meeting Tuesday night.

    “It seems like the more we do the worse it gets. I’ve been asking about a house out in Pine Hills. We gave the guy 30 days and now he’s given the house to his son and we’ve got to go back to court and do it again. I don’t understand the court system on that. Nothing changes. We keep fighting a losing battle,” Best said.

  • Kingston Rec probe ongoing

    Kingston city officials have confirmed the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury is conducting an investigation into the Kingston Parks and Recreation Department.

    The acknowledgment of the investigation comes almost a month after Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross submitted his resignation on Jan. 11.

    City Manager David Bolling had described the Ross resignation as “sudden.”

    Bolling has since confirmed that the Comptroller’s Office is investigating the Parks and Recreation Department. He said he could not provide any details.

  • HPD criminal patrol unit is tackling drug problem

    By Richard Evans

    Though it has only been operating as a unit for a little more than a month, the Criminal Patrol Unit of the Harriman Police Department has already made an impact in the ongoing fight against drugs.

    “The CPU actually went into effect in mid-December and their first full month was January. The CPU was put together with one mission: Stop the drug traffic in Harriman,” said Police Chief Baron Tapp.

    In January, the unit made 77 traffic stops, which led to 59 total arrests.

  • Former Kingston manager dies after lengthy illness

    Former Kingston City Manager Jim Pinkerton died Thursday, Feb. 7, after battling a lengthy illness.

    Pinkerton is one of Kingston’s longest serving managers, serving from 2001 until his retirement in 2013.

    “He was just a great guy, a good man to work for. He treated his employees good,” said Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam.

    Prior to joining the staff at Kingston, Pinkerton was an engineer, which he had used to the city’s benefit.

  • Worley getting on base with Bryan
  • Ross set to continue at next level