Local News

  • One officer involved in shooting back on the job

    At least one of a pair of Harriman police officers is back on duty since the duo was involved in the non-fatal shooting of a Harriman man embroiled in a domestic dispute at a downtown apartment.

    Sarah Moore has returned back to work in recent weeks, but as of press time it’s not certain whether fellow officer Steve Hart has returned.

    Authorities have also not released whether one or both officers fired at the suspect, Nathan Manis, 28.

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  • State says no to Bojangles’ light

    A traffic light is not the solution Tennessee Department of Transportation recommends at busy Hwy. 70 and Tanner Way in Harriman’s Midtown area.

    Heavy traffic and people trying to turn in and out of the Pinnacle Pointe shopping center and surrounding businesses can make the intersection rather dangerous, especially when drivers are attempting left-hand turns out of the developments onto Hwy. 70.

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms said one reason TDOT officials oppose the traffic light is the proximity of other signals.

  • New chief to pick Reed successor

    Officials with Roane County Schools have yet to name the replacement for retiring Rockwood High School Principal Alan Reed.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said the hire will be made by his replacement, Dr. Leah Rice Watkins.

    “Hopefully we’ll do that maybe the first couple of weeks of June, so that way they can be ready to start July 1 with her,” Aytes said.

    Citing a desire to go out happy, Reed stepped down as principal this year.

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  • Man jailed for string of burglaries

    A Rockwood man didn’t wait very long after being arrested for theft before being arrested again for the same offense.

    Rockwood police said Alex Shane Watts, accused in a string of burglaries, was first arrested on the morning of Saturday, May 7.

    He then made bail and and was arrested again the following day, accused of additional burglaries after his release from jail on Saturday.

    According to Roane County Jail records, Alex Shane Watts, 35, of Rockwood, was arrested and booked into the

  • Mullins pays taxes

    Road Superintendent candidate Brian Mullins has addressed an issue that hounded him during the previous election.

    “I’ve paid those taxes,” he said on Monday.

    Mullins owed more than $80,000 in unpaid property taxes and penalties in 2012, county records showed at the time. Records now show that he owes a few hundred dollars, though he insists he doesn’t owe anything.

  • Harriman police, fire take safety talks door to door

    A fire truck and police cars in a Harriman neighborhood might not be a sign of a neighbor’s misfortune.

    Harriman Fire Department and Harriman Police Department are teaming up to visit members of the community to talk about safety, from smoke alarms to ways to discourage burglaries and encouraging interest in watching out for each other.

    “I’m hoping to have the Neighborhood Watch program so strong in the city of Harriman that just about every neighborhood has some type of watch,” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

  • Some Roane educators calling it a career

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes has been to a lot of retiree receptions at the Roane County bus garage over the years.

    Last week’s was different, however, because this time, Aytes was one of the retirees.

    “It’s been a great pleasure of mine to be associated with you,” he told the crowd.

    Twenty-five retirees were recognized at the ceremony, though not all attended.

    One who did was J. Kathy Brummitt, a special education teacher at Harriman Middle School.