Local News

  • Free smoke alarms available

    Harriman Fire Department recently received $1,500 in smoke alarms with a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant given through the Tennessee Fire Marshal’s Office.
    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said the roughly 50 smoke alarms feature lithium batteries  with a 10-year lifetime.
    The fire department has to install the alarms themselves. Those interested should call station one at 882-3072 to set up an appointment.

  • Sex offender checks held

    Sex offenders in Roane County got some unexpected visitors Wednesday night.
    U.S. Marshals and local law enforcement teamed up for a multi-jurisdictional sex offender compliance check. The effort was dubbed Operation Honey Badger.
    “We will be visiting the homes of every registered sex offender in Roane County,” said Derrick Swenson, a senior inspector for the U.S. Marshals Service.
    Roane County has 106 registered sex offenders, according to the TBI Sexual Offender Registry.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Good deeds – and getting something back

    The other afternoon, after I finished up getting the paper out, I grabbed my purse and headed over to the Tennessee Technology Center to donate blood.
    To be honest, free movie tickets were being offered, and I hoped to get me one.
    They pricked my finger to check my iron levels, which were good. I went over the usual forms, and then went through a series of questions with a technician.
    All was well until she got to to one that went something like this: “Have you ver had cancer?”

  • Meth labs busy despite new laws

    Methamphetamine production continues in small laboratories in Tennessee and elsewhere around the country in spite of new laws regulating and tracking the sale of pharmacy products used to manufacture the illegal drug.

    That is one of the findings of a report released this week by the Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability about attempts to control access to legal products sold at pharmacies which are later used to create methamphetamine.

  • Officer who saved infant honored

    A Harriman police officer acted quickly to save the life of a choking infant last month.

    His employers took notice.

    Michael Wesley Cox was honored for his work this month with a medal of commendation and lifesaving ribbon.

    “Officer Cox cleared the child’s airway by turning her over and slapping her on the back three times,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said, reading the commendation Cox received.

    Cox received the call about the 3-week-old infant choking on Bennett Circle on the evening of Dec. 6.

  • New Y-12 complex operator named

    The National Nuclear Security Administration announced Tuesday that Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC has been selected as the new management and operating contractor for the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.

    The NNSA said the move will save $3.27 billion in taxpayer dollars over the next decade.

  • Councilman seeks cleanup reimbursement

    Harriman City Councilman J.D. Sampson is tired of cleaning up properties and rarely seeing the money for that cleanup quickly returned to the city.

    He was so fed up last year he asked that action be taken to quickly collect on the lien at 316 Carter St., setting a timeline to take further action after 90 days.

    The city tore down the burned-out building at a cost of  $15,000 in 2011.  It’s been more than his proposed 90 days, but Sampson is determined to get that money back.

  • Paper mill cleanup may be near

    Efforts to clean up an old paper mill site in Harriman are moving forward.
    Getting the Clinch River Corp.’s site on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  National Priorities List is the goal.
    Harriman City Councilman Buddy Holley recently received heartening news about the designation.
    “I hope in February we should know something,” Holley said. Once started, he added, the cleanup work could move quickly.
    “I don’t think it will take over a year or so because it is not that bad,” he said.

  • Gospel group has local connection

    Thursday’s concert at the Princess Theatre will be extra special for one of the Kingdom Heirs.
    “I grew up in Harriman, went to my very first movie there at the Princess Theatre when I was just 5 years old,” piano player Andy Stringfield said. “I’m very excited to come back and it’s really going to be an honor to play at the Princess Theatre.”
    The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Midtown Volunteer Fire Department. 

  • Driver honored with blood drive

    A beloved school bus driver was honored by a blood drive at Bowers Elementary Monday afternoon.
    The community decided to hold a blood drive for John Lewis.
    He has leukemia and is at home in hospice care.
    Initially the idea was to replenish supplies for his daily blood transfusions, but now the family looks at it as an opportunity to help others.
    “He said even though I can’t use it, somebody else could,” said his son David Lewis, who was giving his own donation Monday afternoon at Bowers Elementary.