Local News

  • Kirkham seeks tax appeal on Pinnacle Pointe center holdings

    Businessman Steve Kirkham is looking for consistency on his Pinnacle Pointe properties.

    He told the Roane County Board of Equalization that’s why he’s appealing one of them where the value increased by $100.

    “It went from $1,000 to $1,100,” he said during an appeals hearing Tuesday morning.

    “I’m sitting there thinking, Steve just keep your mouth shut on this, but then I say, well, it’s a 10-percent increase.”

  • West Roane VFD needs matching funds, volunteers

    West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department is raising matching funds for a grant to replace one of their aging vehicles.

    The grant will enable them to replace their 1987 GMC Top Kick Truck, which has more than 100,000 miles on it.

    “It will be for a tanker truck,” said West Roane County Fire Chief Charlie Redwine.

    Redwine said their tanker trucks are vital for the rural areas they serve without fire hydrants.

    The tanker trucks allow them to carry water to those areas to fight the fires.

  • Largen files suit against HUB for property issues

    Attorney Gerald Largen is continuing his legal efforts regarding the use of a strip of land he owns on Childs Road.

    He’s already suing the city of Harriman in ongoing litigation about the legality of the city’s decades old annexation proceedings. In July of this year, he filed another suit against the city, doing business as the Harriman Utility Board, a subsidiary of the city.

    This time it’s for a building built by the utility on a strip of land Largen said he owns fee title to.

  • Midway Middle downs Dayton City, 38-18

    After a season opening loss to Harriman, the Midway Middle School Green Wave have reeled off three straight wins. Victory number three came at home Thursday when they blasted Dayton City Middle, 38-18.

    Midway wasted little time in building a big lead, and then coasting through the second half.

    The Green Wave received the opening kick off and scored in two plays.

  • Faux Elvis, Dolly at Boogie Night

    Roane Writers Group will present its Boogie Night fundraising event from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19 in Rockwood Event Center at 120 W. Rockwood St.

    Greg Johnson’s Legends with impersonators of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton will be the headline event.

    Attractions also include a wine and beer bar, buffet, contests and life auction.

    Tickets are $25 per person or $50 per couple, with a 15-percent discount offered for teachers.

    Event is for adults only; RSVP by contacting Sharon Higa at 512-7936 or blueunicorn1@bellsouth.net.

  • Senator says OR ‘brain power’ key to success

    U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander thinks the East Tennessee region can capitalize on the “brain power” of Oak Ridge to increase economic opportunities for the area.

    One way he wants to do that is to see the area rename a highway from McGhee Tyson Airport to Oak Ridge the Oak Ridge Corridor.

    “I can think of no better calling card for a job recruiter than to be able to go anywhere in the world and say, ‘I’m from the Oak Ridge Corridor,” said Alexander.

  • Man accused of threatening to kill mother-in-law

    A Philadelphia man has been charged with aggravated assault and vandalism stemming from an incident in which authorities said he threatened to kill his mother-in-law.

    Warrants against Mitch C. Pennington are the result of a domestic call Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Edwards responded to at 292 Pattie Gap Road around midnight on Aug. 21.

    Pennington is accused of making threats, including threatening to kill his mother-in-law and vandalizing her vehicle while she was still inside.

  • Harriman girl in the winner’s circle at Speedway

    At 16 years old, Amber Frost does a lot of things other teens do.

    She has a lot of friends and is a cheerleader at Harriman High School.

    One thing that differentiates the Lady Devil senior from her peers, however, is that she recently made history by becoming the first female to win a season points championship at Wartburg Speedway.

    “It feels really good to know that I’m the first girl to win the track championship at Wartburg,” Frost said after winning the Pony division title.


    A Harriman woman was cited after a crash with multiple injuries that resulted in two Lifestar helicopter units airlifting patients to University of Tennessee Medical Center on Thursday afternoon.

    “One vehicle was stopped at a red light. The other vehicle ran into the back of it,” said Harriman patrolman Steve Hart.

    Hart said Kristy McGill, 40, of Harriman, was driving a truck that rear-ended a car driven by Tammy Lowe of Harriman.

    Lowe’s vehicle was in the southbound lane of Hwy. 27 at the traffic light at Ruritan Road.

  • Houston back in E. Tenn.

    After spending more than a year in a Kentucky federal prison, Leon Houston is back in East Tennessee.

    He was booked into the Knox County Jail on Friday.

    Last month, U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. ordered the U.S. Marshals to transport Houston back to the area for a motion hearing and scheduling conference, which is set for Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Knoxville.

    Houston, 56, was convicted in November 2013 for threatening to kill his former attorney via interstate commerce.