Local News

  • Kids reach out to Sandy Hook

    Several Harriman Middle School students decided they wanted to do something to support the children and families left devastated after the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Conn., last month.
    After only four days, at least four full boxes had been filled with teddy bears headed to the Newtown Fire Department for distribution. 
    “They lost their friends, maybe their brothers and sisters,” said Carly Harmon, who came up with the idea for the teddy bears.

  • Health-care changes have repercussions here

    Unknowns about the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, are affecting workers compensation cases in Roane County.
    Chancellor Frank V. Williams III turned down two settlement agreements in early December.
    One woman wept at the delay because she needed the settlement money in order to deal with a family matter.
    In both cases, Williams expressed reservations about approving the agreements due to uncertainty about the future of health care in America.
    He directed the parties to negotiate again and re-submit their proposals.

  • Hangover do’s, don’t’s

    Want to avoid the misery of a New Year’s hangover? Loyola University Health System family physician Dr. Aaron Michelfelder offers the following tips:
    Before the Party:
    • Plan to drink moderately — a maximum of five drinks for men and three drinks for women during a minimum three-hour period.
    • To prevent inflammation, take an anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen or Aleve.
    During the Party:
    • Eat first, and then drink, not the other way around. Food slows the absorption of alcohol.

  • Houston land deeded over

    A trustee’s deed has been recorded in the Roane County Register of Deeds Office on three tracts of Houston family property.
    James F. Logan Jr., a Cleveland, Tenn., attorney who represented Leon Houston in his murder case, is listed as the new owner of the property.  The trustee’s deed, dated Sept. 21,was filed with the office in November.
    “To the best of my knowledge, the actual consideration or value of the property at the time of purchase and until the Houstons are ejected from the property is $105,000,” the deed said.

  • Christmas decoration winner announced
  • 2013 the year in preview

    New hospital

    Roane Medical Center is moving from downtown Harriman to a new facility in Midtown in February. Not only does the move have the potential to change medicine in Roane County, but it also is having a huge impact on the county’s burgeoning new economic center in Midtown. Many medical offices have already made the move there, and, more recently, a gas station and fast food restaurant have announced plans to build near the hospital.  

    Downtown Harriman

  • Veterans nursing home option?

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason is optimistic about the potential after his visit with the Veterans Administration to talk about turning the soon-to-be abandoned Roane Medical Center facility in downtown Harriman into a veterans hospital.
    “The meeting overall was a success, and I left them with an invitation to travel here and see the building and also let them know that we were open to the idea of them utilizing it for other things,” Mason said.

  • Seth moves on from mayor to emcee role

    Midtown Elementary’s Seth Gunter, 11, is articulate, clearly intelligent and thoughtful.
    It’s why he was selected to emcee the Junior Achievement Awareness Breakfast to benefit Junior Achievement of Tennessee. Seth was “discovered” while participating with other Midtown Elementary School fifth graders in Junior Achievement’s Biztown — the interactive mock town where students fill a variety of roles in a community.

  • EPA’s top administrator calling it quits soon

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson announced her resignation on Thursday.
    In a prepared statement, she said she will be leaving her post after the president’s state of the union address.
    “I will leave the EPA confident the ship is sailing in the right direction, and ready in my own life for new challenges, time with my family and new opportunities to make a difference,” Jackson said.

  • Life insurance argument escalates to death threat

    An argument over life insurance money had a man allegedly threatening to take a life.
    James West, 43, was charged with aggravated assault in the incident.
    According to the warrant, West and Shella Stafford got into an argument over life insurance money on Dec. 18.
    “Ms. Stafford states that the defendant became angry, shoved her, slammed the door and would not let her leave,” the warrant said. “The defendant grabbed a shotgun  and put it to her head and said, ‘You are gonna die (expletive).”