Local News

  • Businessman pleads guilty to 3 counts of sales tax evasion

    William Edward “Eddie” Lee pleaded guilty to three counts of sales tax evasion in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday.

    Lee owns Big E’s Quick Mart in Rockwood, the Go Mart in Harriman and Big E’s Tobacco Outlet in Kingston.

    He entered a guilty plea for each business.

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen sentenced Lee, 44, to eight years probation. Lee was granted judicial diversion.

    He was also ordered to pay $280,752.52 to the state of Tennessee in restitution.  

  • Dyllis Springs: Students help cut ribbon to open school that arose from the ashes

    Breelyn Woodward loves everything about Dyllis Springs Elementary School.

    “She just hates that she has to leave it after this year,” grandmother Vickie Gouge said.   

    Breelyn, a fourth grader, and Kansas Butler, a pre-K student, helped officials celebrate the completion of Roane County’s newest school.

  • Lower school pupil numbers concern Harriman leaders

    Dwindling numbers of students attending schools in Harriman has not escaped the notice of city leaders.

    In response, Harriman City Council members may appeal to the Roane County Board of Education to redistrict the school system so that an even distribution of students are enrolled at the schools.

  • Race is on for Storm the Fort

    Most people would consider the notion of swimming, then biking and running in the late-August heat to the point of exhaustion a perfectly miserable way to spend a day.

    To the 132 participants in last year’s Storm the Fort Triathlon, it was just perfect. Or at least that was tenor of feedback that Kingston Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross got at the conclusion of the city’s first triathlon event.

  • Bug may stymie brush situation

    Brush piling higher and higher at the city property known as the Harriman Industrial Park near Fiske Heights continues to bug Harriman officials.

    But what really bugs them is an insect that prevents the city from chipping the brush and giving it away or selling it for mulch.

    The brush at the site is collected by street department crews from city property and from residents requesting roadside pickup of yard debris, particularly after foul weather.

  • Man jailed for hurling puppy from vehicle

    Jack Lee Chesser Jr. was arrested on Thursday for cruelty to animals.

    A witness told police he saw Chesser throw a puppy out of a moving truck.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, the witness retrieved the puppy and drove to Ladd Landing, where he saw the truck.

  • Princess on parade at street fest

    Downtown Harriman will again be the place to be when enjoying a day off work on Labor Day.

    The Hooray for Harriman Labor Day street festival will kick off at 10 a.m. Sept. 3 with more music and entertainment than ever. A stage outside and entertainment in the Princess Theatre makes it an ideal time for those who haven’t yet gotten a peek in the historic building or just seeking a cool place to listen to good music.

    The festival ends as usual at 6 p.m.

  • Tournaments fun, but fill a vital need

    Harriman Fire Department is closer to raising all the funds needed for a  utility vehicle.

    Department officials said they want the small vehicle to move through tricky situations such as at street festivals to access crowded areas where people with emergency needs may be.

    The city recently opened bids for a 2012 Polaris Ranger from Ultimate Toys for $10,650. About $9,580 has been raised so far for the vehicle.

  • Anti-drug group gets $7,500 boost

    The Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition recently got a welcome gift in the form of a $7,500 check from the Knoxville Breakfast Rotary Club.

    The donation was made possible through a collaborative effort by Rotary Clubs from both Knox and Roane counties.

    Tickets to a June performance by acclaimed Southern humorist Jeanne Robertson at Knoxville historic Bijou Theatre were sold at $35 each for general admission and $100 for VIP.

  • RSCC president search opens up

    The closed-door search for the next Roane State Community College president is now being swung open.
    The presidential search advisory committee selected four finalists Wednesday, Aug. 15.
    While the initial meeting to discuss protocol was public, later meetings were closed until finalists were selected.
    It is the first presidential search the Tennessee Board of Regents has conducted since a new state law went into effect that kept applicants names private until finalists were selected.