Local News

  • Worried about losing power during eclipse? Don't be

    About 7 million homes across the country that rely on solar farms and rooftop solar panels will lose power generation during the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21.

    As a result, utilities like PG&E in California have asked their customers turn off appliances during the eclipse to help ease the strain on the grid and avoid the need to start up inefficient back-up power plants.

    Patrick Walshe, TVA operations and analysis manager said TVA customers can watch the eclipse — with eye protection, of course — and relax.

  • Bournemouth residents still waiting

    The Roane County Commission has yet to take action on a recommendation to add Bournemouth Drive to the county road list.

    That’s because a resolution calling for such has yet to appear on the Commission agenda.

    “We’re just trying to dot our I’s and cross our T’s before we send this to full commission,” Road Committee Chairman Junior Hendrickson said. “We want to have everything right.”

    Bournemouth Drive is a dirt and gravel road. Deep ruts make driving on it a challenge.


    A searing letter by Roane County’s top prosecutor hasn’t changed TVA’s stance about the work it did cleaning up the ash spill.

    “TVA committed to leaving the Kingston Ash Spill site as good as or better than before the spill and we met our commitment,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said Monday.

  • Police: Arrested man took his meth to jail

    Harriman police allegedly found methamphetamine on a Harriman man after taking him to the Roane County Jail Thursday afternoon.

    Scotty T. Bryant, 25, of 806 Trenton St., was taken into custody after police responded to a disturbance call outside the Regions Bank in Harriman.

    Harriman Police Sgt. John Paul Jones found Clifford Willis, who had left his residence after Bryant allegedly threatened him and was throwing things at their home.

  • On the move to Rockwood?

    New Rockwood water and sewer customers will be paying more to hook up.

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas raised its water and sewer tap fees effective July 1.

    “It was based on the actual costs associated with the tap installation,” said manager Kim Ramsey.

    The tap fees were raised about 5 percent. They were last adjusted in January 2016.

    Rockwood City Councilman Dudley Evans said the fees are still some of the lowest in the area.

  • Feds to hand down meth sentencing today

    Drug addiction is a major reason why a Roane County woman faces sentencing today – Wednesday – in federal court, according to her attorney.

    “The defendant’s life has frankly become unhinged due to substance abuse,” attorney Mark E. Brown wrote about Amanda Wells in a sentencing memorandum.

    Wells, 317 Riggs Chapel Road, Harriman, pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to distribute meth. She faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, but could receive more time depending on what U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves decides.

  • State awards funds to aid in Temperance Bldg. repairs

    Harriman was recently awarded a grant for the historic Temperance Building.

    The grant from the Tennessee Historical Commission is around $30,000 and will include an estimated $20,000 match.

    “The first part of the process calls for a civil engineer to come in and access the structure and prioritize structural issues so we can begin addressing them,” said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.

    There may be a small amount of money left afterward to go toward addressing fixing the issues.

  • FEMA grant to help Rockwood Fire Dept.

    Rockwood Fire Department is getting some new self-contained breathing apparatus thanks to a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.

    “This will replace all our self contained breathing apparatus,” said Chief Matt Crabtree.

    The award is $142,812 in grant and a match of $71,040. It will replace 26 packs.

    “We are just glad we got it,” Crabtree told Rockwood City Council late last month.

    The department’s packs are getting old, and they are expensive to replace.

  • Woman rescued from Harriman fire

    Harriman Fire Department rescued a woman from a Harriman Housing Authority home at 912 Clifty St. during the early morning hours on Friday.

    “We had to rescue one lady. When the call came in, we had a call we had a 6-year-old and female (adult) unaccounted for,” said Harriman Deputy Fire Chief Brad Daniels.

  • Sex offender accused of violating registry

    Sex offenders are required to let authorities know what vehicles they drive. 

    Andre Deshawn Boyd allegedly didn’t do so, which prompted state probation/parole officer Timothy Craig to charge him with violation of the sex offender registry. 

    Boyd, 33, is on the registry for an attempted aggravated sexual battery conviction. He pleaded guilty to that charge in Roane County Criminal Court in January.