Local News

  • Two housefires, two dogs saved

    Harriman Fire Department stayed busy last weekend, assisting Midtown Volunteer Fire Department on a house fire around 5:30 a.m. Saturday and working a second house fire in West Hills in Harriman on Sunday.

    When Harriman firefighters arrived at the scene at 212 Ben Henry Road, in Midtown’s service area, the fire was raging.

    “The roof had already collapsed in,” said Capt. Preston Hamby.

    Hamby and firefighter Jeff Cunningham saved two family pets in the Midtown fire.

  • Harriman Church of God prepares for big move

    Harriman Church of God’s dream of relocating to its new facility is moving quickly.

    The church, which closed on the property that was once home to EET and Dagger Canoe in Midtown on Dec. 10, 2012, already has moved into the office space and what will be the fellowship hall and kitchen of the building.

    Church members hope to begin having services there in June.

  • Not the end for Tiger Haven battle

    Is the Tiger Haven litigation over?

    Attorney James “Buddy” Scott let out a resounding “no” when asked that question Thursday afternoon.

    His firm, Pemberton and Scott, represents a group of East Roane County residents who filed a $10 million lawsuit against Tiger Haven in 2011.

    Tiger Haven countersued for $2.5 million, but the lawsuit was dismissed last week because of an agreed-upon order signed by the parties.

    Scott indicated the move was part of a legal strategy.

  • Developer's property tax appeals may be dropped for failure to pay

    Developer Matt Caldwell is in danger of having his property appeals dismissed for failing to pay property taxes.
    Caldwell, who has developed high-end properties in Kingston, has appeals pending with the State Board of Equalization for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 tax years.

    Barry Cofer, a deputy assessor with the Roane County Property Assessor’s Office, filed a motion to dismiss because of Caldwell’s unpaid taxes. The issue was discussed during a status conference at the Roane County Courthouse last week.   

  • Annexation: Harriman councilman wants more of Midtown

    The Midtown interchange along Interstate 40 and Hwy. 70 was a big investment for the city of Harriman.

    Harriman’s work on the infrastructure converted the area from a once-desolate exit off a busy interstate into a major area of commerce that includes Kroger and Lowe’s. It’s now home to a state-of the-art hospital, medical offices and a couple of businesses under construction.

    Also benefiting, Harriman Councilman J.D. Sampson points out, are businesses outside the city limits who are drawing on increased traffic.

  • Five sentenced in elk poaching

    Five people, including three from Oliver Springs, were sentenced after reaching a plea agreement in connection with the poaching death of an elk in Morgan County General Sessions Court, according to the Tennessee Wildlife resources Agency.

    Kenneth T. Kelly, Oliver Springs, Austin C. Woodall, Oliver Springs, Steven H. Daugherty, Petros, Samantha Leann McColl, Oliver Springs, and Donovan Cade Godwin, Coalfield, all pleaded guilty to charges placed after an investigation by Morgan County wildlife officer, Travis Buchanan.  

  • State’s nursing homes for veterans get nod

    Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and the Tennessee State Veterans Homes Board issued a statement celebrating the U.S. News & World Report 2013 that names the Tennessee State Veterans Homes in Knoxville and Murfreesboro among the best in the country.

    The magazine rated more than 15,000 nursing homes using data research on nursing home safety, health inspection and staffing.

    The source of the data originates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  

  • Starved boy’s dad wants trial moved

    Matthew Dotson is requesting a change of venue in his murder case.
    His attorney, Joseph Lodato of Knoxville, filed the motion in Roane County Criminal Court on Tuesday.
    Dotson and his wife, Amanda, are charged with first-degree murder in the death of their 2-year-old son Clifford.
    Authorities have said the toddler was starved to death.
    Matthew Dotson is out on bond.
    Amanda Dotson, who is represented by public defender Walter Johnson, is still in custody.

  • Tiger Haven lawsuit is dismissed

    An agreed order of voluntary dismissal in the lawsuit involving Tiger Haven and nearby residents was filed in Loudon County Circuit Court on March 4.
    No further details were mentioned.
    Tiger Haven, which is located at 237 Harvey Road in East Roane County, houses several types of big cats, including tigers, lions, leopards and cougars.
    Some neighbors filed a $10 million lawsuit against the facility in 2011 in Roane County Circuit Court, claiming the facility caused fear, personal discomfort, inconvenience and a diminution in property values.

  • Check your detectors at time change

    This weekend, daylight savings time goes into effect Sunday morning, moving time up one hour.
    While moving clocks forward it’s also a great time to change the batteries in the smoke alarms in the home, said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss.
    Goss said the Harriman Fire Department has free batteries they can install for Harriman residents.
    Call Station 1 at 882-3072.