Local News

  • Rockwood OKs railroad crossings closure at shelter

    A pair of railroad crossings will be closed in the coming months in Rockwood.

    Rockwood City Council agreed last week to close crossings on McNew Road, a small country lane that’s home to the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    Animal Shelter Director John Griffin worried about notice and signage to notify people about the crossings closing and pending work on a bridge near the shelter.

  • Rockwood homeowners anxious to apply for grants

    Rockwood hasn’t even had the public hearing yet, and already people are knocking on the doors seeking out the opportunity to apply for a piece of the $250,000 HOME program funding to bring their homes up to standard.

    “We have had several people to leave their names and numbers, and have received one application from a party that went to the Roane County meeting and then realized they had to come through Rockwood,” said City Administrator Becky Ruppe.

  • Fire destroys Harriman home

    A Harriman home was destroyed by fire Thursday night.

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said the home at 320 Ayers Drive was likely a total loss.

    “It happened at about 8:20 last night,” said Goss, who added “the cause is undetermined at this time.”

    “There was nobody home. Nobody got hurt,” said Goss.

    Goss said it was his understanding the family was at a ballgame watching their child play.

  • Mom, daughter to be jailed for a little longer

    A feud between a daughter and her mother resulted in separate guilty pleas in Roane County General Sessions Court last week.

    Tracie Lemons was charged with arson and two counts of reckless endangerment on Sept. 18.

    She reportedly told Kingston police she set a couch on fire inside an apartment to get back at her daughter.

  • Court asked to open roadway

    Dr. Julian Ahler is accusing blogger Steve Scarborough of denying him access to his property on Williams Mountain Road.

    Ahler filed a lawsuit against Scarborough and his wife, Anne, last month in Roane County Circuit Court.

    “Defendants own real property in Roane and Rhea counties known as White’s Creek Gorge consisting of approximately 360 acres,” the lawsuit states.

    “A portion of this property includes or is adjacent to Old Stage Road, which runs adjacent to White’s Creek.”

  • More kudos for Foster’s Capt. Nemo

    A Harriman steampunk enthusiast continues to receive accolades for his elaborate costumes and props.

    RJ Foster recently did well at the Georgia Aquarium Party for Dragon Con for his elaborate Capt. Nemo diving suit.

    “We came through the whole thing and ended up with a second place,” said Foster.

    “I had a little home field advantage, having a diver at the aquarium,” he joked.

  • Farmer to be sentenced on firearms charge

    Tyler Farmer pleaded guilty to possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon last Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga.

    His sentencing is scheduled for March 23, 2016.

    Farmer, 27, faces up to 10 years in federal prison, a fine and supervised release when he gets out of prison.

    Farmer, who has a Kingston address, reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in the case.

  • Man charged with Harriman Domino’s robbery

    John Russell, a 41-year-old Harriman man, is accused of robbing the Domino’s on South Roane Street on Sept. 29.

    According to the warrant, he allegedly walked into the restaurant with his hands

    covered by his sweatshirt sleeves.

    “The male approached the counter and while pointing his right covered hand at the clerk, Eric Coleman, he demanded the money in the cash register and moved in such a manner to place Coleman in fear of his life because Coleman believed the male to be carrying a firearm,” the warrant said.

  • Harriman demolition continues