Local News

  • $525,000 grant helps Harriman water

    Harriman Utility Board will continue working on water system improvements thanks to a $525,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development.

    “The grant requires a local match of $93,000 which will be provided by Harriman Utility Board for a combined project total of $618,000,” said Candace Vannasdale, manager of GWS Administration & Engineering.

    The project will allow HUB to continue its reduction of non-revenue water loss by replacing problematic and leaking water mains and services.

  • Man charged for church threats arrested again

    The man who threatened to blow up a Harriman church last summer has been arrested again.

    Harriman police charged James Lombardo with disorderly conduct in a Jan. 28 incident.

    According to the warrant, Sgt. James Wadsworth was dispatched to 182 State St., to conduct a welfare check on Lombardo.

  • O’Shell spells Victory

    Mary Ann and Jason O’Shell have double the reason to celebrate at the regional spelling bee March 17 at the Cox Auditorium on the University of Tennessee campus.

    Both their children, 10-year-old Ethan O’Shell and 13-year-old Olivia O’Shell will be competing against each other and many others in the regional spelling bee to win and go to the national competition.

    They are ready to face off if it comes down to the two of them.

    “I’m not going to let her win. I’m not going down without a fight,” said Ethan.

  • Law may cost schools

    A state law could hurt Roane County Schools financially.

    “We have some very big concerns,” Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins told the Roane County Board of Education last month.

    The law, identified by the school system as Public Chapter 504, has been in effect for more than two-and-a-half years. The board unanimously passed a resolution last month urging the General Assembly to review the effects of the law.

  • Flu, cold and other woes

    Roane County School officials are hopeful that the worst has passed with regards to the flu and other illnesses keeping many students, faculty and staff home.

    Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said they have been watching the issue and saw a reduction in absences on Thursday compared to earlier in the week and was hopeful Friday would see numbers continue to drop.

    “I’m really hopeful we’ve turned a corner,“ Watkins said.

  • Harriman police catch thieves taking mower at Lowe’s

    Harriman police arrested two suspects accused of stealing a mower at the Harriman Lowe’s on Thursday, Jan. 25, and returning to the scene of the crime to attempt another theft the following day.

    Anthony Denton Beets, 45, Friendsville, and Charles Edwards Wilburn, 28, Alcoa, are both charged with two counts of theft of property $1,000 to $9,999, possession of burglary tools and vandalism. In addition, Beets is also charged with violation of the registration law, driving on a suspended or revoked license and financial responsibility.

  • Better days in store for pup

    Brownie needs your help.

    Brownie is a sweet 8-year-old dog that has had a rough life, and needs the people of Roane County to aid in his rescue.

    He was surrendered at the Roane County Animal Shelter in Rockwood, and on his evaluation, they noticed that he was favoring his right back leg.

    Upon further examination, with the aid of x-rays they discovered he had major damage in the leg, possibly from a shotgun blast.

    “We found buckshot on the x-rays,” said county animal control officer Kristy Cannon.

  • Singleton to return to KPD

    Kingston Police Sgt. Jerry Singleton has returned to work.

    Police Chief Jim Washam said Singleton worked one day last month and was scheduled to work another shift on Sunday.

    Singleton was out for several months after he was injured on the job last summer.

    He conducted a traffic stop on Henry Nicholas Brown, who was pulling a car hauler with a truck.

    Brown is accused of striking Singleton with the car hauler when he drove away.

  • Go back in time as street character at Tennessee Medieval Faire

    The Tennessee Medieval Faire is holding open auditions to be in the fourth annual Tennessee Medieval Faire, which will open again this May.

    For those interested in participating as street characters, open auditions are Saturday, Feb. 10, 17 and 24, from 2-5 p.m. at 125 Barrie Lane, Kingston.

    Auditioners are asked to come prepared to demonstrate their talents, for example: sing, play an instrument, tell a story in character, dance, and participate improvisational games. Adults (ages 18+) are preferred.