Local News

  • Worker accused of hiding drugs

    Police searched the Hardee’s in Rockwood for approximately an hour on Feb. 1 after the shift manager was accused of hiding drugs in the restaurant.

    The shift manager, Shelly Everett, 42, was cited for simple possession.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Randy Heidle was dispatched to Hardee’s to investigate an employee dispute.

  • Police say man held ex captive

    A Harriman man was arrested last month on charges of domestic assault, false imprisonment and driving on a suspended or revoked license.

    Shawn Roysdon, 38, is accused of holding his former live-in girlfriend against her will at her apartment.

    Harriman Officer Caleb Taylor’s report shows he responded to 201 Sewanee St., where Linda Marritt told him Roysdon had been staying at her house and had been both verbally and physically abusive.

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  • $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.