Local News

  • 200 and counting Bethel Presbyterian kicking off bicentennial

    Bethel Presbyterian Church in Kingston will have an open house on Saturday, Nov. 11, to help kick off the congregation’s 200th anniversary celebrations.

    Guests are invited to enjoy food, fellowship and a slice of Kingston history as might have been experienced by members of the church during the 19th century.

    Starting at 10 a.m., guided tours led by local historians and church members dressed in period clothing will explore the historic church, its buildings, grounds and Bethel Cemetery.

  • City leaders eye a big splash — pad, that is

    Harriman officials are seeking public input on a splash pad at David Webb Riverfront Park.

    The desire for a splash pad is something Mayor Wayne Best heard a lot about while on the campaign trail.

    “When I ran for City Council about three years ago we had a lot of people talking about it, and then when I ran for mayor there were a lot of people talking about it,” said Best.

    He’s said there have been those who want a pool, but the overhead of a pool is expensive.

  • Co-conspirator still not sentenced

    Morgan County businessman Joseph A. Armes II will get to spend the upcoming holidays with his family.

    He was scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 30 for conspiracy to defraud the United States, but federal Judge Thomas W. Phillips delayed the sentencing until Jan. 22.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Armes and convicted sex offender Roger A. Beu Jr., of Harriman, ran a tax scheme that defrauded the federal government.

  • Christmas Ideas Fair
  • Runner off to NYC Marathon

    After months of training, Tim Phillips is not going to let a terrorist attack stop him from running in Sunday’s New York City Marathon.

    “Any time you do anything in a big city, you’ve always got to think about things like that, but you can’t let that deter you from doing things,” he said.

    Manhattan was the site of a terrorist attack on Tuesday, just days before Phillips and hundreds of other runners are expected to descend on the area for the marathon. Eight people were reportedly killed in the attack.

  • Pair accused in weekend strong-arm robbery

    Two men have been charged in the home invasion and robbery of a Harriman woman and her granddaughter in the early morning hours of Oct. 28.

    Harriman Police Department tracked down the most recent suspect, Austin Kane Penley, 19, of Rockwood, on Tuesday afternoon in South Harriman.

    “The patrol guys in Harriman received information of his location and were able to get out there quickly and detain him for our purposes so we could talk to him,” said Harriman Detective Brian Turner.


    The newest member of the Oliver Springs Police Department is a surefire hit for youngsters.

    A velicoraptor made his debut on Halloween at the Duncan Drive community, a popular trick-or-treat destination for the town.

    “We tried to come up with something we could take to schools and community events like this to get children involved with us,” said Chief Kenneth Morgan.

    He said the dinosaur costume, with moving parts, looked cool and seemed the perfect way to interact with children. 

  • Landowners ask to be part of cities

    For once, Harriman and Rockwood are not fighting with property owners not wanting to be in the city limits.

    Instead, both cities have had requests by property owners to be annexed.

    Rockwood most recently approved a plan of service for 108 Spencer Lane.

    “This is the area the people have asked us to annex,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    Harriman Regional Planning Commission Chairman Allan Williams has asked that city to annex a vacant property at 231 Highland Drive.

  • ‘He’s a career criminal’

    Larry Matthew Adkisson faces a Dec. 1 sentencing for aggravated burglary and theft. A Roane County jury found him guilty of those charges on Wednesday.

    “He’s a career criminal, so it’s very satisfying to get a conviction,” Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said.

    The jury heard from several witnesses during Adkisson’s two-day trial at the Roane County Courthouse.

  • Fun with Full Metal Jackets