Local News

  • Harriman sprucing up its image

    Harriman officials decided to get a jump start on the next spring’s cleaning.

    City workers are sprucing up the joint, starting with Harriman Fire Department power washing the walls of the William Hamilton Browder Bridge on Roane Street.

    “That is just one of our many little projects,” said Harriman Mayor Chris Mason.

    They plan to get volunteers to paint the bridge after the pressure washing is complete.

    Other projects, most using public image repair funds from TVA after the Dec. 22, 2008 ash spill, will be coming.

  • Smith calls it a career at utility

    Benton Smith knows his way around Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas.

    Smith decided to retire this year after years of dedicated work and growing close to his coworkers.

    “In 22 years, I was never late a day ― rain, sleet or snow,” said Smith.

    The crew leader loves the people he works with.

    “They try to make it better for you all the time, and safer,” he said. “All the supervisors are great.”

    Before going to the utility, Smith worked different jobs, including strip mines and construction.

  • Westcare conference unites agencies

    Westcare in Harriman was the host site for an Impact Conference.

    Most of those attending the three-day conference were affilated with agencies providing services to the community.

    “We try to bring people together,” said Cinda S. Sagnes, project director.

    Sixty people attended the conference with special guest speaker the Rev. James Davis.

    Davis explained how he changed from a life of crime to contributing to the community.

    He discussed what he did to help inspire change in his community of Mechanicsville in Knoxville.

  • Sheriff's office captain saves man from drowning

    Awesome. That’s how Shannon Rasco described Roane County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Tim Hawn.

    Hawn saved Rasco’s boyfriend from drowning after he fell down an embankment and into some water Friday afternoon off Blair Road.

    “It was amazing what he did,” Rasco said of Hawn.

    Hawn went down the steep embankment, pulled Rasco’s boyfriend out of the water and held him until help arrived.

  • Roane Academy unneighborly fracases worry those close by

    Some residents and business owners hold the Roane County Commission responsible for the problems that have occurred at Roane Academy.

    “It’s your fault,” Rockwood resident Joseph Vought told commissioners at their Aug. 10 meeting.

    “You’re the one that allowed this to happen.”

    Roane Academy, which is owned by Omni Visions, is a treatment facility for male juveniles in the Roane County Industrial Park.

  • Flooding closes Kingston Elementary

    Too much rain in too short of time.

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said that’s what caused a flooding incident that prompted the cancellation of classes at Kingston Elementary School on Thursday.

    “We had about 2 inches of water that came in,” Aytes said. “It doesn’t look like there was any damage; just water.”

    Wednesday evening’s rain was the culprit. Aytes said the water entered the school underneath the doors.

  • Sheriff’s office looking into hurt woman

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause behind injuries to a seriously injured woman found outside a Bluff Road home on Aug. 16.

    Kristin Mallory Cupp was taken first to Roane Medical Center and then transported via Lifestar to University of Tennessee Medical Center.

    “At this time, it appears it may have been a medical issue,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton. “Her clothing and things like that were consistent with someone having a fall.”

  • County rivalry returns to gridiron tonight

    For the sake of unity, Harriman Mayor Chris Mason quipped that it was a good thing an economic conference involving all the mayors was on Aug. 13.

    “If it was two weeks from now, Kingston would have already lost to Harriman in the football game so [Kingston] Mayor Tim Neal wouldn’t be quite as nice as he is right now,” Mason said.

    His joke got a big response from the audience.

    Officials can laugh about it now because after a two-year hiatus, Kingston and Harriman will once again face each other on the high school football field.

  • POOL’S OUT for summer
  • Corker: Dems, GOP financially irresponsible

    Fiscal and foreign policy were some of the issues on Sen. Bob Corker’s mind Tuesday during a meeting with constituents at The Roane Alliance.

    “Many of the people here in this room, I met when I was running nine-and-a-half, 10 years ago,” he said. “One of the reasons I ran was because of the fiscal issues our nation is facing and was facing at the time. I wish I could tell you we’ve accomplished a great deal, but we really haven’t.”