Local News

  • Lawyer for bar gets busy on revocation case

    The attorney representing Grill & Pub owner Grover Norton has issued a warning to county officials about Monday’s meeting of the Roane County Beer Board.

    The purpose of the meeting is to hear a petition the county filed to revoke Norton’s beer permit.

    “In the event the beer board acts precipitously and revokes my client’s permit, he will exercise all remedies available to him at law and equity,” Knoxville attorney Greg Isaacs wrote to County Attorney Tom McFarland.  

  • 9/11 memorial to be at Kingston Fossil Plant

    A 5-ton piece of steel from the World Trade Center is being delivered today (Friday) to the site of a planned 9/11 Memorial next to TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.   

    At 11 a.m., TVA is hosting its own employees, representatives from various branches of the Armed Forces and local elected officials  for a short honor guard ceremony at the south access road parking area next to the plant.

     A motorcade will escort the steel from the Tennessee state line at Interstate 81 near Bristol to the Kingston plant.

  • Booth retires from dispatch

    A retirement party was held for Roane County E-911 dispatch supervisor Linda Booth last week.
    Director Mike Hooks said he hired Booth about nine years ago after she left the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.
    “She needed a change, and I had an opening and gave her an opportunity to come to work,” he said.
    Booth said she’s going to miss her co-workers, but didn’t hesitate when asked if she’s planning on enjoying retirement.
    “I most certainly am,” she said.

  • Princess theater manager hired

    Megan Anderson, 25, has been named manager of the historic Princess Theater in downtown Harriman.

    Anderson has more than 10 years of experience in theater production. Her background includes technical skills such as lighting, sound, and camera operation and includes business services such as payroll and customer relations.

  • Local Olympian gets hacked

    Harriman’s very own Olympian is well and good, but emails recently coming from her Yahoo account would have people thinking otherwise.

    Sharriieffa Barksdale, who ran for the USA track and field team in the 1980s and now is the team’s event manager, learned her account had been hacked on July 28.

    Her account was sending messages saying she had been robbed in Madrid, and asked her contacts for 3200 euros to help her.

  • Corker sees light at end of debt-crisis tunnel

    The financial markets had a negative reaction to Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade the country’s credit rating.

    However, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said the move could be beneficial in the long term.

    “I look at it on the other side and say, look, let’s fix our problems,” the senator from Chattanooga said. “Let’s make those changes we all know we need to make. The kind of changes that Tennessee households have had to make over the last three or four years during this crisis.”

  • Big-name lawyer to represent embattled bar

    High-profile Knoxville attorney Greg Isaacs said he’s been hired by the owner of an embattled Roane County bar to represent him at next week’s meeting of the Roane County Beer Board.

    “We’re in the process of investigating allegations,” Isaacs said. “In fact, my investigators were down in Roane County yesterday (Monday) and will be there today (Tuesday).”

  • Local man charged in bar death arraigned

    A Harriman man charged with reckless homicide appeared in Roane County General Sessions Court on Monday.

    Eric Gallaher is accused of killing David Harvey outside the Grill & Pub on Hwy. 61 last month.

    Gallaher is no stranger to the court system. He has been arrested more than a dozen times.

    He was released on a $50,000 bond following his arrest in the homicide case.

    The warrant said Gallaher punched Harvey in the head after a minor fender bender in the parking lot. An autopsy was conducted on Harvey.

  • Snakes feeling amorous — just leave them be

    Snakes may seem to be on the prowl more than ever right now, but officials say don’t worry.

    If it seems like more are around, it’s because they are feeling frisky. But they aren’t out to get closer to you.

    “Right now it is breeding season for snakes, so they are on the move,” said TWRA region officer Chris Simpson.

    Despite anecdotal reports of snake sightings, their numbers are not up.

    “The population is about the same it’s always been,” Simpson said.

  • Collier to step up in county group

    Another president’s role could await Bobby Collier.

    He stepped down as president of Operation REACH, but he currently holds the position of second vice president of the Tennessee County Services Association. That puts him in line to become president eventually.

    “You go through a chair sequence,” he said. “Next I’ll move up to first vice president and then president after that.”