Local News

  • Tablets not a done deal for Harriman officials

    If Harriman does elect to put money in the budget for tablets for Harriman City Council and certain staff, it will not cost $10,000.

    That’s the point several officials emphasized during a recent meeting.

    “The discussion we had is that number is two-thirds too high,” said Mayor Chris Mason.

    The price would come down several thousand dollars, according to officials.

  • Semi crashes into back of mayor’s stepdaughter’s car

    The stepdaughter of Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller was rear-ended by a semi-truck in Kingston Friday afternoon.

    Carissa Huskins was on Kentucky Street near Little Caesars Pizza when she was hit by Joshua Womack.

    The collision caused extensive damage to the rear of Huskins’ Ford sedan.

    She was up and walking at the scene and didn’t appear to be injured.

    Womack drives for AAA Cooper Transportation. He was also up and walking after the accident.

  • Harriman PD National Night Out set

    Harriman Police Department’s National Night Out is Aug. 4.

    Activities will be from 7 to 10 p.m. at David Webb Riverfront Park.

    Food, games, inflatables and a rock-climbing wall are among the attractions.

    A movie will be shown at sunset. Those wishing to watch the movie are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

    Call Tara at 882-3383 or go to the Harriman Police Department’s Facebook page for more information about this year’s activities.

  • New Bowers entrance with redo of Ruritan Road

    As the widening project on Harriman’s Ruritan Road/Hwy. 29A slowly takes shape, some changes are starting to be made.

    They include a new entrance to Bowers Elementary School.

    State offficials said the new school entrance will be open by Aug. 7 — three days before the start of school next week.

    “The new entrance to the school is off of SR. 29 south of Breazeale Street,” said Mark Nagi, Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman.


    Film crews and cast ― including two officers with the Harriman Police Department — spent part of last week filming at the old Roane Medical Center in downtown Harriman.

    Knoxville’s Jupiter Entertainment was in town to film scenes for an episode for “Homicide Hunters,” an Investigation Discovery series that chronicles true-crime stories investigated by John Kenda, a longtime Colorado Springs Police Department lieutenant.

  • Crash fatal for OS man

    An Oliver Springs man was killed in a two-vehicle accident at 532 Scandlyn Hollow Road in Oak Ridge shortly after noon on Friday.

    Roy W. Cox, 73, of Oliver Springs, was killed in the crash, which ejected him from his 2007 Ford Ranger.

    According to a preliminary Tennessee Highway Patrol report, a northbound 2013 Dodge Ram driven by Rebecca L. Tiller, 43, of Knoxville, was negotiating a curve on Scandlyn Hollow Road when it crossed into Cox’s southbound lane of travel and struck his vehicle head on.


    Officials are still waiting to hear about the outcome of Roane County’s federal grant application that would provide funding for a drug court.

    The county applied for the $350,000 grant in April.

    “We will not know about the federal grant until late September,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Thursday.

    That hasn’t prevented the county from moving forward with the program, however.

    Earlier this month, the Roane County Commission voted to accept a $50,000 annual drug court grant from the state.

  • TennCare returns to old policy

    TennCare participants need to make sure they are going to a primary care provider.

    Kathy Cronan with Community Care Walk-in Clinic said staff members have been told in insurance meetings that TennCare is returning to a policy once referred to as “lock-in a doc.”

    Where participants have always had a primary-care provider listed, those same participants were able to use a different doctor.

  • Spreading the wings
  • Who wants to be a judge?

    The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments began accepting applications for Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen’s seat on Tuesday.

    The public notice said the council will meet in the 9th Judicial District on Sept. 25 to initiate the process of filling the vacancy.

    Candidates for the seat must be a licensed attorney, at least 30 years old, a state resident for at least five years and live in the 9th district, which is made up of Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.