Local News

  • Vanishing rapist caught

    Charles Daniel Mullins is back in custody after leading authorities on a manhunt. Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said the search for the registered sex offender ended Wednesday night when Mullins was arrested at a home on Unaka Street in Harriman. 

    “We just kind of cornered him in, and he didn’t have anywhere to go,” Stockton said. “We arrested him without incident.”
    Mullins is classified as a violent sex offender on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry.

  • Good morrow at the fair?

    The sounds, smells and colorful imagery of medieval England may soon be mere minutes away.
    Darkhorse Design wants to set up a permanent Renaissance Fair on what is known as the industrial park property off Fiske Road in Harriman.
    Company representatives  believe the location, from its easy proximity to the interstate and large metropolitan areas to the fact there are not any permanent fairs nearby, makes it an ideal location.
    “It is an all-day fun event for the whole community,” said Barrie Paulson, business manager.

  • Festival fundraising for Harriman

    Hooray for Harriman Labor Day festival organizers are well underway collecting donations for the event.
    Randy Ellis said recently they are only $1,800 short of the goal for the festival set for Monday, Sept. 2.
    “That puts us ahead of previous years,” Ellis said.
    More information about how to be a vendor or sponsor for the event can be found at http://hoorayforharriman.info

  • Pub quest continues with beer board

    Roma L. Christopher isn’t giving up her quest for a beer permit. She re-filed her application last week. 
    Christopher, who wants to sell beer at the Grill & Pub under a different name, appeared before the Roane County Beer Board on June 11. Chairman Copper Bacon got no response from the other four members when he asked for a motion to hear Christopher’s application.  
    “The board is not going to listen to your application,” Bacon told Christopher.
    She asked for an explanation, but wasn’t given one.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: A swing, a swing, a wonderful thing

    My stay at the beach is set for later in the summer.
    The midsummer week off with my boyfriend, Derek, hasn’t happened yet, either.
    Nor have I gone on my highly anticipated, first-ever motorcycle run on the Cherohala Skyway (although that may have changed by the time you read this).
    So why can’t I imagine being happier with summertime than I am right now?

  • Important Temperance fixes made

    Improvements to preserve the historic Temperance Building in downtown Harriman are happening; it’s just not the kind of work that can be seen from the street.

    Structural improvements include bracing sagging floors from the basement.

    “It was a lot of work to get it to here,” said Bill Milburn, project manager.

  • Arthur goes Opry



    Oliver Spring’s Janelle Arthur debuted at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville last week. The singer finished in the top five on the latest season of American Idol, the televised singing competition on Fox.

  • REU readies for new offices

    Rockwood Electric Utility is moving forward with plans for a new building for its offices.

    The board approved a contract with architects McCarty Holsaple McCarty for the site development of 33 acres the utility purchased a few years ago with the intent of building a new facility.

    The property is off of Tedder Street in Rockwood, adjacent to the substation.

    Manager Kendell Bear said the utility’s main building, built in 1949, is old and employees are scattered among three buildings.

  • Fundraiser for Princess features Tams

    Live music continues at Harriman’s Princess Theatre this summer.

    The Tams and C. Vaughn Leslie & Boys’ Night Out will take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20.

    The Tams originated in Atlanta in 1962 and are known for their jaunty hats which inspired their name.

    Among their better known tunes  are “What Kind of Fool” and “Untie Me.”
    More information about the band can be found on their website, www.thetams.com.


    Several hundred people crammed into two courtrooms and still spilled out into the hall to attend a public hearing Monday on a proposed 14-cent Roane County property tax rate increase.
    School officials have said the money is needed to make up for cuts in state funding.

    The debate was spirited as both sides  stepped up to the microphone.
    “I’ve got two kids in the school system,” Steve Hedrick said. “I hate to say this probably as much as anybody, but I ask that you hold this tax rate steady.”