Local News

  • Hometown ‘American Idol’ given a big welcome
  • Things looking up for Roane students’ ACT average scores

    Not where it needs to be but trending in the right direction. That’s what Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said she sees when looking at the system’s ACT scores.

    After a downward trend, the system’s average ACT composite has risen the last two years.

    “We’re not where we want to be by any means, but what you’ll see is it’s on the rise,” Watkins said. “That’s pleasing to me.”

  • Harriman police looking for bridal shop robber

    Harriman police are seeking help finding a man who robbed McKinney’s Bridal at 410 Ruritan Road on Saturday.

    According to police, the suspect robbed the store around 2 p.m. Oct. 15. The man had covered his face with a dark colored hood and glasses.

    The suspect entered the store while an employee was in the back. He was behind the register when she approached him, according to reports.

    He had his hands in his pockets, intentionally suggesting he had a gun or weapon.

  • Foland pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

    A Rockwood man charged in a 2013 fatal crash appeared in Roane County Criminal Court on Monday.

    Johnny Ray Foland faced charges of DUI first offense, DUI sixth offense, implied consent violation, driving while revoked, leaving the scene of an accident involving a death, vehicular homicide by intoxication and aggravated vehicular homicide.

    He reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide. The remaining charges were dismissed.

  • Harriman looks into coming down on messy properties

    Harriman City Council is looking to get tough on property maintenance offenders.

    The Council is considering creating and hiring an administrative hearing officer position to address property maintenance issues.

    Creating the position would give the city an opportunity to penalize offenders more than a city judge, who is allowed to only deal with traffic citations and other cases.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Why run it? Because it’s news

    The front page of Monday’s Roane County News featured a story on Tyler Overstreet, candidate for state House in the 32nd District.

    Overstreet and an acquaintance have been accused of entering a home in Kingston without permission, threatening and possibly striking one of the people in the home.

    According to the police report, there were no injuries, although one person claims to have been injured.

  • GLIMPSES: More reflections on the Electoral College

    By Mark Banker

    Why have Americans, to date, not abandoned the flawed electoral college system?

    First, readers should realize that the system actually worked once — when George Washington received all of the electoral votes in 1788. But midway through Washington’s presidency, the emergence of political parties assured that the Founders’ cumbersome electoral apparatus would never again adhere to its original design.

  • She wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer

    Marcella Griffis was nearly 50 when she found her true calling.

    The Harriman mother of four was driving a school bus for the Michael Dunn Center in Morgan County when she met a little girl and her sister who were being neglected at home.

    Griffis did what she could for Priscilla “Prissy” and Kathy, both of whom needed baths and clothes on a regular basis.

    And, she notified the Department of Human Services in Morgan County about the situation, but was told “there was nothing they could do.”

  • Trio breathe life into ‘God’s Man in Texas’

    Roane State Community College is offering a new production in “God’s Man in Texas.”

    The play has only three actors: Corey Jones, Tre Pack and Larry Schenk, and all three bring vastly different characters to life.

  • Harriman using mailing to push for sales tax hike

    Early voting for the Nov. 8 election starts Wednesday, and Harriman officials are hoping city residents approve the sales-tax referendum that’s on the ballot.

    So much so that the City Council voted last week to send a postcard to residents about the referendum.

    “I’m tickled to see this going out,” Harriman Mayor Wayne Best said. “I hope everybody reads it, because we really need the referendum to go through.”