Today's News

  • Rocky sentence? Not max

    Rocky Houston didn’t receive the maximum punishment on Thursday, but he came close.

    The sentencing guidelines on his federal conviction ranged from seven to nine years in prison.

    U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves went with the top of the guidelines and sentenced Houston to nine years.

    “This man is dangerous and you should protect the public for as long as you can,” Assistant U.S. Attorney David Jennings said, when arguing why Houston deserved nine years.

  • 3 towns vote on wine in groceries

    Wine sales might be making their way to grocery stores in Kingston, Harriman and Oak Ridge.

    It’s among isues that may be decided at the Nov. 4 election, and if it passes, in 2016, customers can grab a bottle of wine while they get a loaf of bread.

    State Sen. Ken Yager discussed wine sales in a presentation to Harriman City Council recently.

    “I voted against the bill. I have a concern about the effect on small business, i.e. the package stores,” he said. “But it passed. It is the law.”

  • Campground taser battle brings police

    A Chattanooga man reportedly told police that his girlfriend tasered him in the genitals over the weekend. Police couldn’t determine a primary aggressor and arrested both John Wesley Shingleton and Sonia Gayle Greene.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, the incident occurred at the Crosseyed Cricket campground on June 20.

  • Three face separate sex crime charges

    Brian Lee Bruno, a 21-year-old Knoxville man, is charged with two counts of statutory rape in Roane County Criminal Court.

    Statutory rape is a Class E felony, which is the lowest on the felony scale in Tennessee. Bruno was indicted by the grand jury on June 17. He turned himself in the next day, according to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    The alleged crimes occurred between May 1, 2012 and June 1, 2012. The indictment said the alleged victim was four years younger than Bruno at the time.


  • Experiments spark excitement
  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Thoughts on modern practitioners of chivalry

    We have recently been reading some books in a relatively new series by authoress Rita Mae Brown, who has several novels to her credit, including another series featuring “Sneaky Pie” Brown.  

  • Harriman AAA All-Stars advance to district tourney


    The Harriman AAA All-Stars have advanced to the Dixie Youth District 8 AAA Tournament that starts today (Friday) in Spring City.

    The Blue Devils earned their spot with a second place finish in the west sub-district tournament that concluded on Tuesday.

  • Season ends for Rockwood AAA All-Stars


    The Rockwood AAA All-Stars would see their season come to an end Monday evening with a loss to Campbell County American in the Dixie Youth AAA west sub-district tournament at Spring City, but the Tigers did win a pair of games on Saturday to finish third overall.

  • Harriman, Kingston still alive in A tourney


    Heading into play on Thursday, both the Kingston A All-Stars and Harriman A All-Stars were still alive in the Dixie Youth District 8 A Tournament in Harriman.

  • Industrious Kingston duo save thousands of dollars for city

    How many Kingston City Council members does it take to change a light bulb?

    Just one, as long as he has a little help from a couple members of the public works department.

    Councilmember Don White took matters in hand recently when he and City Works Director Tim Clark and a city mechanic fixed a cluster of lights that had stopped working at the Gallaher Road exit off Interstate 40.