Local News

  • State: Heidle abused supervisory role

    A state Comptroller’s Office investigation into former Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle indicates he did indeed use city-owned property and used personnel to do non-city related errands for him.

    Investigators with the Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury interviewed employees about the allegations of malfeasance.

    A letter to City Manager Kevin Helms reported the interviews “revealed an environment in which department management tolerated and even ordered abuse related to using department employees and property for personal purposes.”

  • AT LAST: Boat slips dock in Kingston

    After almost a year of planning, public discussion and regulatory approval, Kingston’s boat slips have arrived at 58 Landing.

    The floating docks and boat slips with covered spaces for 18 boats will be available for use in the spring 2017 boating season, said Kingston City Manager David Bolling.

    The facilities were purchased for $90,000 from the Rarity Ridge development off of Gallaher Road. Money for the purchase came from funds TVA gave Roane County communities to make up for physical and perception damages from the 2008 Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill.

  • Drunk driving among arrests

    A Rockwood road block last week netted six DUI charges and about 30 other citations for various offenses, reported Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright.

    “It was very successful,” he said. “We did it last year, and had about half the number of cars than we did this year, and we had more DUIs and arrests [this year]. The percentage was higher.”

    The road block was conducted last Friday night on Hwy. 27, near Big Lots.

  • Broadband internet big plank in Overstreet’s campaign platform

    Tyler Overstreet, independent candidate for the office of 32nd District state House of Representative in the Nov. 8 election, outlined his platform and answered questions from citizens during a Tuesday forum in Kingston Community Center.

    Overstreet had challenged incumbent 32nd District representative and Republican candidate Kent Calfee to debate him at the event.

    Calfee did not attend, citing a previous commitment to speak at a Drug Task Force meeting.


    Harriman businessman David Webb and his family are finishing a chapter of their lives at the end of this month.

    Rocky Top General Store will be closing its doors Oct. 31, after being in business at its Ruritan Road location since 1970.

    The store, which opened in 1959 as Webb’s Furniture in downtown Harriman, was later changed to a general store because the merchandise went beyond furniture into gifts and other items.

    “It is kind of mixed emotions. We want to retire, but we enjoy our work too. We felt it was time,” said David Webb.

  • Reunion brings together former Secret City workers

    A few hundred current and former workers at the government nuclear facilities in Oak Ridge showed up at Kingston City Park Friday for a Secret City Family Reunion.

    James Elmore, nursing director of Quality Private Duty Care in Knoxville, sponsor of the event, said his company was inspired to hold the reunion after hearing stories from many patients describing their years of service as part of the government projects at Oak Ridge.

    “These people have great stories to tell about what they’ve seen and done,” he said.

  • Chills in the air and the stories at Hauntings event

    Chilly weather didn’t put a damper on this year’s Hauntings of Historic Harriman, which was held over the weekend.

    There was a chill in the air Friday and Saturday night, but the tour-goers didn’t need umbrellas.

    “The weather has cooperated this year – no rain,” said Tom Coleman, chairman of the Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Organization.

    During the annual event, people take a walking tour around the Cornstalk Heights neighborhood and listen to haunting tales.

  • Blood drive at hospital

    Medic Regional Blood Center will have a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 in Roane Medical Center at 8045 Roane Medical Center Drive, Harriman.

    All donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds; those age 16 and weighing 120 pounds may give blood with parental consent.

    All donors will be required to show identification. Call 524-3074 for details.