Local News

  • Election factor in finding director

    This year’s county election could impact the search for the next director of schools.

    “You cannot appoint 45 days prior to an election or 30 days after an election,” Roane County Board of Education Member Wade McCullough said. “That is by law.”

    Election Day is Aug. 2. If McCullough’s interpretation of the law is correct, the new director would need to be in place around the middle of June.

    “Otherwise, we’ll have to go into an interim period,” McCullough said.

  • Temperance Building a trendy haunt

    Harriman’s Temperance Building has seen many uses in its life — from the headquarters of the East Tennessee Land Co. that started Harriman, to universities and even a jail, when the Harriman Police Department was inside.

    It’s no wonder the historic building, named for the city’s roots as a  prohibitionist community, has become a

    popular site for ghost hunters.

    The most recent group, GHOST Paranormal Investigators, wants to showcase its ghostly evidence online.

  • Fort Southwest Point a spirited kind of place?

    By Mike Gibson
    Refusing to take a back seat to any of its sister cities, Kingston has produced evidence of its very own historically significant ghost.

    At the Jan. 10 session of Kingston City Council, council member Tony Brown reported that the GHOST Paranormal Investigations group — the self-proclaimed ghost-hunting outfit responsible for the recent discovery of an otherworldly entity in Harriman’s historic Temperance Building — has now detected the presence of a disembodied spirit at Fort Southwest Point.

  • Roane wants in interlocal group

    Roane County decided it wanted a seat at the table when counties get together to discuss how they plan to move forward following the dissolution of the Oak Ridge Reservation Local Oversight Committee.

    So instead of postponing another vote on a new interlocal agreement, the Roane County Commission approved a resolution on Jan. 9 agreeing to be part of the process.  

    “Roane County is one of the major stakeholders in this,” Commissioner Randy Ellis said. “We need somebody there at the table from day one.”

  • Harriman passes on annexing Child's Memorial, Emory Gap

    The communities of Emory Gap and Childs Memorial may be surrounded by the Harriman city limits but they’ll remain outside them — at least for now.

    Harriman City Council failed to approve a motion to move forward in the annexation proposed by Councilman J.D. Sampson, who has been advocating filling in those holes in their limits.

    “I would like to at least start with these two neighborhoods and get them in the city, and then we can work on looking at other properties to be annexed,” Sampson said.

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  • Roane County schools are closed today, Jan. 13
  • Goodwill to take over Seton thrift

    After three decades, Seton Thrift Store in Harriman will close its store on Jan. 28 and hand over the keys to Goodwill Industries.

    Since 1980, frugal-minded folks in Harriman — and all of Roane County — have frequented the store, which sells pre-owned clothing, furniture, toys and other items.

    The staff of six at Seton’s was made aware of the change on Monday.

    “I’m heartbroken,” store manager Renee O’Toole said. “I’m kind of at a loss for words.”

  • No wrong found in restrained man’s death

    An investigation by the District Attorney General’s Office found no wrongdoing in the case of a 26-year-old man who died while in the custody of Roane County Sheriff’s deputies and EMS workers.
    District Attorney General Russell Johnson informed Sheriff Jack Stockton of the findings in a recent letter.
    “There does not appear to be any wrongdoing or reason for criminal charges,” Johnson said. “This concludes our involvement with this matter.”