Local News

  • Inmate attacked in county jail

    John P. Little, a Harriman man charged with child rape, was allegedly assaulted by another inmate at the Roane County Jail. Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said a motive wasn’t immediately clear.
    Charles D. Mullins, the inmate who allegedly assaulted Little, is a registered sex offender. Mullins, 31, was convicted of criminal attempt to commit rape in Cumberland County in 2005. He was sentenced to community supervision for life and ordered to wear a GPS tracking unit. 

  • We’ll never all agree on the role of government

    Center on Congrees at Indiana University
    The conventional wisdom has settled on the subject of this year’s presidential campaign: it’s about the proper role of government in our nation’s life.
    This is a good argument to have, but don’t expect it to be resolved by the election. Americans have been debating the question since before the Constitution was drawn up, and we haven’t come to terms yet.

  • Paper mill may make clean-up list

    The Clinch River Corp., the former pulp and paper mill in Harriman, is one of eight hazardous waste sites the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to add to the list of National Priorities List for cleanup under the Superfund program.
    Harriman officials have been vying for the designation because the cleanup of the property is likely to be costly.
    “I think it is fantastic,” said Councilman Buddy Holley, who spearheaded the most recent effort to get the site cleaned up.

  • Roane County High alum sees stars in Air Force

    Not long after earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Tennessee in 1978, future Air Force Brig. Gen. Jane Cochran Rohr found herself, of all things, analyzing rat urine for an independent laboratory in Knoxville.
    It didn’t take her long to decide on a career path change.
    “My father had been in the Air Force, so I just decided to join up,” said Rohr
    “It’s probably the best decision I’ve ever made in my life.”

  • Imagination Library helps whole community

    Imagination Library has delivered hundreds of thousands of books to children from birth to age 5 — a span critical in children’s learning.
    Tennessee’s Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation is dedicated to the partnership with Imagination Library.
    Theresa Carl, who is the newest president of Books from Birth, made a presentation recently at the Harriman Rotary Club. She shared how important it is to start working with children early.

  • Rockwood hopes for more TVA money

    Rockwood is looking at what it can do with more than $600,000 officials believe will be coming from the TVA Foundation.
    “If we can get together on some project I’ll be glad to pass it on to TVA,” Mayor James Watts said recently.
    Watts said Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas officials have asked a portion of that money come to them for projects like inflow and infiltration in lines.

  • Serious need for school supplies

    Donations are down two-thirds this year to the Roane County Teachers Supply Closet, which provides educators with items for the classroom.
    That has Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist for The Roane Alliance, sounding the alarm.
    Lutz hopes to make up ground between now and Wednesday, Sept. 26, when teachers from all across the county are invited to Roane State Community College for a one-day free shopping event.

  • Artists find help in church

    Amateur artists of all ages are creating masterpieces as part of an unique ministry at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Kingston.
    The church hosts an art club for adults each Monday from 10 a.m. to noon and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    Then, on Wednesday afternoons, a class for children meets from 4-6 p.m. at the church.
    Both groups utilize many of the same media for their projects.

  • Former firefighter’s home goes up in flames

    A single-wide trailer was consumed by flames late Friday, Sept. 14.
    “It was pretty much a total loss,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss of the fire at 121 Isham Lane, which is off Swan Pond Road.
    The home belonged to former Harriman firefighter Chris Peddicord.
    Goss said nobody was home at the time of the fire, and the fire went unnoticed because the home sat down a long driveway out of view.
    “When we got there it was actually almost 100-percent involved,” Goss said.

  • Roane Alliance official gets DUI

    Darrell Williams, vice president of business development for The Roane Alliance, was arrested for driving under the influence around lunchtime Monday.
    Williams was also charged with violation of implied consent for refusing to take a blood-alcohol test.
    When contacted, Williams said he had no comment about his arrest.
    Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, also declined comment.
    Kingston police responded to a wreck on North Kentucky Street near McDonald’s.