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  • Teen may be tried as adult

    A Harriman teen may face a second-degree murder charge in adult court.

    Jacob Kinney is set to appear for a hearing to determine whether his case will remain in juvenile court or be tried as an adult in criminal court.

    “It is still set for Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.,” said District Attorney Russell Johnson of the hearing.

    If they are successful, Kinney will be transferred to adult court, Johnson said.

    Kinney was 15 when he shot and killed his sister’s boyfriend, 23-year-old MarStratton Gordon, on Aug. 28, 2016.

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  • Harriman Gardens fire damages nine units

    Harriman Fire Department contained a fire to one apartment at Harriman Gardens after receiving a call around 9:40 p.m. Friday, June 9.

    “The resident called and said the bed was on fire in the bedroom,” said Harriman Fire Department Deputy Chief Brad Daniels.

    “It was contained to the one apartment, but on the floor there was smoke damage to the hallways,” said Daniels.

    The fire started in apartment 302 in building B.

  • Woman’s lawsuit claims swing injured her hand

    A Kingston woman claims she suffered a severe hand injury because of a defective swing at Roane County Park. She’s now seeking $75,000 in damages from the county in a lawsuit.

    The incident happened on March 6, 2016. The lawsuit was filed earlier this year.

    “Plaintiff, Caroline McDavid, avers that she was safely swinging on a swing set at Roane County Park when the S-hook attaching the seat of the swing to the chain on plaintiff’s swing came loose causing plaintiff to fall to the ground and injure her hand,” the lawsuit said.

  • School board votes to fund Chromebook computer plan

    From staff reports

    A unanimous vote of the Board of Education last week put Roane County another step closer to the full implementation of the 1:the World initiative that would put a laptop computer into the hands of every child in the school system.

    The school board voted to fund the program for the 2017-18 school year as part of an effort that could take several years to complete.

    During the 2017-18 year 1,270 devices will be added. More than 1,000 new devices will be added each year.

  • Mega school sessions start today

    Roane County Schools is seeking community feedback about the new consolidated high school its planning to build. A series of public input and focus group sessions will be held this week, starting today – Wednesday.

    “We’re embarking in a pretty exciting stage of our high school building program planning,” Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said. “During this phase, we’re actually embarking upon a significant amount of public input and public feedback.”

  • Polk Salad Festival on the move to Rockwood

    The  annual Tennessee Polk Salad Festival returns June 17 in a new location.

    This year’s festival will be in downtown Rockwood from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


    Amateur sleuths will get a chance to showcase their skills in a mystery dinner for a good cause.

    The murder mystery event, known playfully as WHODUNNIT?, is 7 to 9 p.m. June 17 at the Rockwood Event Center and raises money for the United Way of Roane County. 

  • Morgan County trio jailed on meth charges

     A trio from Morgan County were arrested on June 6 on methamphetamine charges after being stopped by Harriman police for expired registration

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