Today's News

  • Program offers to fund preschoolers raised by elderly

    A new Kingston United Methodist Church program is aimed at helping those so often forgotten about when looking at the devastation caused by the opioid crisis.

    The church is offering 10 scholarships to their pre-school program for children removed from their homes because of opioid addiction and being raised now by elderly caregivers such as grandparents and great-grandparents.

  • Harriman’s higher court costs may be finalized Tues.

    Harriman City Council will consider raising the court costs from $85 to $150 for second and final reading at the 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday, Sept. 18.

    The Council approved first reading of an ordinance to make the change earlier this month. Mayor Wayne Best first suggested the $150 mark after the Council discussed how the county is $252 for Roane County General Sessions for speeding tickets and similar cases.

    “We aren’t out to make money in court,” Best said.

  • TVA assisting in Florence aftermath

    TVA last week said it prepared for increased water flow while also sending help to other Southern power companies that were expected to be overwhelmed by damage from Hurricane Florence.

    “We’re moving water downstream in advance of the storm and sending crews to help with the recovery efforts,” TVA spokesman Scott Fiedler said.

    TVA and Duke Energy have a mutual assistance agreement to provide manpower and equipment support in response to severe weather or other significant events.

  • ElderWatch to offer session on Medicare

    Roane County ElderWatch will be sponsoring a free educational program on the basics of Medicare on Thursday.

    The program will be from 8 a.m. to 2:45 a.m. at Kingston First Baptist Church family life center at 215 N. Kentucky St.

    The program is ideal for those who have questions about Medicare or are turning 65 years of age, retiring, or in need of a Medicare drug coverage plan.

    Information will be presented on Medicare, the do’s and don’ts of insurance agents, Social Security changes, and elder law and estate planning essentials.

  • Black Creek Road track fix took days, not hours

    The work at the railroad crossing at Black Creek Road took longer than expected.

    Jonathan Glass, a spokesman for Norfolk Southern railroad, said the work was scheduled to start on Monday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m. and expected to take three hours to complete. However, the crew was still working at 3:15 p.m. that day.

    “Tie and surfacing gang need track time to do the crossing work,” Glass said via email Tuesday. “Monday was a very busy day for train traffic through that area, and the gang did not get as much time as they had hoped.”

  • Man found in river ID’d

    Authorities identified the man found floating in the Emory River last week as 33-year-old Wayne Alexander Ruppe of Oakdale.

    “So far it doesn’t appear that there’s any foul play,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.

    Some people out fishing on Sept. 10 saw Ruppe’s body floating face down in the river and called 911.

    Phillips said Friday that the investigation into his death continues.

  • Morgan deputy’s badge found during Rockwood traffic stop

    Drugs along with a Morgan County sheriff’s deputy badge were found during a traffic stop in Rockwood this month. The occupants of the vehicle, passenger Stephanie Lynn Foland and driver Jeffrey Wade Hinds, are facing charges in the incident.

    According to the report, Hinds and Foland were in a Mitsubishi Galant that was stopped at the intersection of Wilder and Bates on Sept. 9.

  • Police say teen tried to set girl on fire

    A Rockwood teen is accused of pouring lighter fluid on his girlfriend and threatening to set her on fire.

    Kenneth Samuel Messimer, 18, is charged with aggravated domestic assault in the incident. He turned himself in at the Roane County Jail on Sept. 10.

    “He was showing one active warrant out of Roane County General Sessions Court for the offense of aggravated domestic assault,” the arrest report said. “The warrant was originally reported by Sgt. Dwayne Gray of the Rockwood Police Department.”

  • Harriman beats Oakdale in straight sets

    Thursday night saw the Lady Blue Devils of Harriman High School travel the short trip up the road to Oakdale High School to face the Lady Eagles in a volleyball match.

    Despite a valiant effort by the Lady Eagles, the Lady Blue Devils were able to win the match on the strength of taking three straight sets.

    “They are really coming together,” said Harriman head coach Ashley Kemp. “Their teamwork continues to improve each and every match as they are working together more and more,”

  • Throwing for Dough

    Student Caleb Wright (center) was the latest contestant in Kingston’s Throw for Dough event. Wright is joined by Kingston Athletic Director Colt Narramore and Megan Dagley from Lakeview Dental Arts who sponsors the event.