Local News

  • Former officer charged

    A former Harriman Police Department officer is accused of having sexual contact with a minor.

    According to Anderson County court records, Michael Paul McPeters, 41, of 15 Montclair Road, Oak Ridge, is charged with solicitation sexual exploitation of a minor, aggravated sexual battery, providing obscene materials to a minor and solicitation sexual exploitation of a minor.

    The offense dates are listed to have occurred  in 2013, and an Anderson County grand jury returned indictments on the four counts earlier this month.

  • How’re they biting?


    GOOSE LINDSAY/Roane Newspapers
    Four-year-old Ryan David Keeling spends time with his grandpa, Ronald Keeling, fishing at The Gravel Pit in Kingston on a nice morning last week.

  • Roane County News brings home 19 state awards

    The Roane County News news and advertising staffs won 19 awards in the 2016 annual Tennessee Press Association contest.

    The tri-weekly newspaper, owned by Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., was especially strong in sports reporting and breaking news where the staff won two first-place and one second-place awards.

    “The depth of talent and experience of our staff is probably the greatest in the history of this newspaper,” said Publisher Kevin Kile.

  • This week last chance for early voting

    Early voting for the Aug. 4 election ends on Saturday, July 30.

    According to figures from the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office, 1,811 people had cast ballots in Roane County during the first six days of early voting.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said one surprise so far is the turnout for the Harriman Municipal Election, in which he said 271 had voted as of late Friday morning.   

    “I thought there’d be more in Harriman because of the race for mayor,” he said.    

  • SMILE! You might be on Kingston police’s new cameras


  • Harriman water rates going up

    Harriman Utility Board has implemented a water-rate increase that will take effect Aug. 1.

    In a notice to customers, the utility stated the increase was necessary to provide safe drinking water.

    “While everyone will see some change, the effect on your monthly bill will be determined by your customer class,” the notice said.

    “The minimum usage residential customer in the city of Harriman will have an increase of 73 cents monthly or $8.76 annually,” said HUB General Manager Bill Young.

  • Schools religion policy updated

    An updated policy on religion in curriculum will be in place when students return to school next month.

    Roane County Board of Education Member Sam Cox said a mandate from the state is what sparked the update.

    “What we’ve done is just took what the state said,” Cox told his colleagues during a discussion about the update on July 14.


    Two of Harriman’s most-recognizable landmarks are looking a little better today.

    The Kiwanis pillars on Pansy Hill Road and Oakdale Hwy. received a much-needed cleaning Wednesday morning, thanks to Three Rivers Kiwanis Club and members of Harriman Fire Department and Harriman Garden Club.

    “Over time they’ve gotten a little yucky,” said Three Rivers Kiwanis Club spokeswoman Nikki Adkisson.

    “We wanted to clean them up, make them more presentable and represent the Kiwanis Club a little better.”


    GOOSE LINDSAY/Roane Newspapers

    Naudia Wright leads her Harriman High School Rhapsody in Blue band mates in a marching exercise during band camp earlier this week. High school bands all over Roane
    County — and East Tennessee — are participating in band camps to prepare
    for a busy marching season that kicks off with the start of school.


  • Hickman tackling initiatives for rec

    Harriman’s recreation department dived into tournaments this summer after hiring recreation director Allen Hickman.  

    “I’ve held five so far,” he said. “I would guess about 30-35 teams were out of county.”

    Diamonds at Flour Mill Flats have been bustling. That could mean even more revenue for city businesses, because out-of-town teams spend money eating and staying in Harriman.

    “It takes a lot of time to do them, but the city directly benefits financially,” said Mayor Chris Mason.