Local News

  • Kingston aims for ‘Christmas every day’

    Kingston’s Public Works made Christmas a little merrier this year.

    The city department gathered bicycles from the community, including a donation from the Harriman Police Department, and dispensed them to area children in need.

    They gave out more than 60 bicycles.

  • Truck driver dies in accident

    Timothy W. Seaman, a 49-year-old Rock Island, Tenn., man, was killed in a tractor-trailer wreck on Harriman Highway Friday afternoon.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Seaman was hauling wooden posts, and his 2006 Freightliner was the only vehicle involved in the wreck.

    A woman called 911 to report the accident at 12:16 p.m. Trooper Anthony Lay investigated the crash for the THP.

    According to the report, Seaman was traveling north on Harriman Highway when he ran off the road and struck a utility pole.

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  • Williams no longer at Roane Alliance

    Darrell Williams posted on his Facebook page last week that he was fired from his job at The Roane Alliance.

    A phone call to a number listed in his name went unanswered.

    “He’s no longer employed at The Roane Alliance,” Alliance President and CEO Wade Creswell said of Williams.

    Creswell declined to further comment.

    “We can’t comment on human resource issues,” he said.

    Williams spent nearly five years with The Alliance, which is the county’s economic development organization.

  • County behind board on TVA permit altering

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody has been directed by Roane County Commission to write a letter to the state expressing the Commission’s support of the county’s Environmental Review Board’s position on TVA’s permit modification.

    TVA is seeking the modification to store dry fly ash at its landfill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The landfill currently takes dry gypsum.

  • Harriman fire chief grateful for community support

    People come together during tragedy, and Harriman has seen firsthand how true that is this month.

    An emotional Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss expressed a lot of gratitude for the reaction the city received when a fire destroyed the Miller & Brewer department store building on Jan. 8.

    “Just the way people came together … I was born across the river, and I am proud to be part of Harriman,” Goss said tearfully.

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  • School board mulls longer breaks for fall, spring

    The Roane County Board of Education wants more time before voting on the 2015-16 school calender.

    Two options are under consideration. The one that’s referred to as a balanced calendar includes a two-week break in the fall and a two-week break in the spring.

    Two-week fall and spring breaks haven’t been included in past calendars, but school officials said a survey showed that a majority of employees are in favor of the balanced calendar.


    It appears the lanes of traffic closest to Harriman’s former Miller & Brewer department store and adjacent buildings will remain closed for quite a bit longer.

    Cleanup is still underway at the site, and adjoining structures have been deemed unsafe, according a structural engineering report city officials received late Thursday.

    “Basically, he makes two points to me summarizing up everything,” Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms said.

  • County says no to East Roane Dollar General

    Last week, commissioners heard what a proposed East Roane County Dollar General Store might generate for the county in tax revenue.

    “Between $60,000 to $80,000 a year,” Dollar General representative Melissa Ballard said at the Jan. 12 meeting.

    That wasn’t enough to convince a majority of commissioners to rezone a 3-acre piece of property for the project.

    Opponents applauded when the request failed 9 to 6.

    “I ain’t selling out that community for five jobs,” Commissioner Junior Hendrickson said.