Local News

  • Summer reading’s fun in Harriman

    Harriman Public Library is trying to make reading fun this summer.

    Part of that mission was filled with the recent appearance of Ron Lighty, who entertained a large group of children with a show that included ventriloquism, balloon art, puppets and storytelling.

    “I’ve been doing this 45 years,” Lighty said after his performance. “I started with puppets and then ventriloquism. I’ve been to every school in the area several years ago.”

  • Kingston Council fields complaints

    A couple of residents addressed Kingston City Council last week for reasons ranging from meeting announcements to area businesses.

    For the second time in recent months, Kingston resident Doug Clark complained he had not

    seen official announcements of council meetings in the media, specifically the Roane County News.

    Clark said he believed if the notice did not appear, the meetings would be illegal in violation of the state Sunshine Law.

  • AARP driver course offered Aug. 10-11

    An eight-hour AARP driver safety class in Roane County next month offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The two-day AARP Smart Driver course will be from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 10-11 in Rockwood Community Center.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.

  • Harriman seeks judge, financial officer applicants

    Harriman is advertising for its chief financial officer and city judge positions.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said he thought it was best to get it rolling “so we have someone in place right at our new Sept. 1 deadline.

    “Chief financial officer and city judge as it stands now will expire Aug. 30,” said Mason.

    “We need to have the position filled and have somebody waiting.”

    Previously the positions of treasurer and city judge were elected.

  • The Bridge wants folks to feel at home

    Editor’s note: This is one of a series of features based on winners of this year’s Roane County News Reader’s Choice Awards.

    The Bridge at Rockwood is one nursing home where residents have asked to return.

    “We have had residents here who have come four or five times, perhaps for therapy, then go home, but may have to return,” said marketing director Kathy Parks. “Because they had a pleasant experience here, they choose to come back.”

  • Suit against medics, deputies stalled

    U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves put a halt to the Dustin Barnwell civil case less than a month before it was supposed to go to trial.

    Barnwell died on Nov. 11, 2011 after an encounter with Roane County sheriff’s deputies and medics at a home in Kingston.

    His family later sued the deputies, medics and Roane County Government.

    According to federal court records, Barnwell took eight Flexeril pills and passed out on his couch. His fiancée, Shasta Gilmore, thought he was overdosing and called 911.


    A  young woman pregnant with her second child perished in a fire in Harriman late Tuesday night.

    Emergency responders found Lindsay Carter, 23, inside the 502.5 Clifty St. home and said she perished when she could not exit to safety.

    Assistant Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey said it was confirmed Carter was five months’ pregnant.

  • Oil theft suspect, store owner get into fracas

    A defendant in an open vehicular homicide case reportedly got into a tussle with Gateway IGA owner Roger Sharp on July 9.

    Johnny Foland, 52, is charged with assault and shoplifting in the incident in the Rockwood grocery store.

    According to the warrant, Foland tried to steal a bottle of two-cycle oil by stuffing it down his pants.

  • BIG ORANGE STRIKE: ‘Keep pursuing your dreams’

    It wasn’t quite the fourth quarter of Tennessee vs. Alabama, but University of Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs made a big throw of sorts Thursday morning.

    Dobbs threw out the ceremonial first pitch to kick off the 2016 Dixie Youth AAA State Tournament at Rockwood’s Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex.

  • State grant to help with walks at Ridge View

    Rockwood has received a Safe Routes to School grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation to improve sidewalks and crosswalks at Ridge View Elementary School.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller thanked state Senator Ken Yager and state Representative Kent Calfee for their support of the project.