Local News

  • Biker runs down woman

    From staff reports

    A Cumberland County woman was flown to a Knoxville hospital by Lifestar after being struck by a motorcycle in Rockwood Saturday.

    The pedestrian, identified as Rachel Murphy, 67, was attempting to cross the street at 803 S. Gateway Ave. when she was struck.

    Her present condition was not known at press time.

    The condition and identity of the motorcycle rider was also unknown.

  • Man accused of snatching woman’s purse

    A Kingston man is accused of pulling his truck up alongside a woman and grabbing her purse out of her shopping cart.

    Justin P. Wright, 26, 108 Roane Manor Drive, Kingston, is charged with theft of property $1,000 to $9,999, fraudulent use of credit or debit card and robbery in the June 8 incident, said Rockwood Officer Brandon Smith.

    Sandra Boles told officers a white male pulled up beside her in the Walmart parking lot and grabbed her purse while she was unloading her groceries. The victim said she also grabbed her purse but lost her grip as he drove away.

  • Harriman police chief retires amid allegations

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle has retired, according to Harriman City Attorney Allison Rehn.

    Heidle faced a series of allegations outlined in an anonymous letter sent to city officials last week.

    Rehn wrote in a letter issued Tuesday afternoon that Heidle's attorney said the retirement decision was based on the tense workplace environment created by the recent allegations.

    Read more in Friday's Roane County News.

  • Harriman police chief on leave

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle is on administrative leave with pay, pending an investigation into anonymous allegations sent to several officials on Tuesday.

    City Attorney Allison Rehn said she and City Manager Kevin Helms placed Heidle on leave late Thursday.

    “This was precipitated by an anonymous complaint,” Rehn confirmed.



    Campaign signs are already spotting the landscape in Harriman, but the picture could be quite different in the future.

    Harriman City Council approved first reading of an ordinance to restrict campaign signs in some locations and place limitations on the sizes. 

    “This is one of those issues we will be getting complaints,” Mayor Chris Mason said. 

    “It happens every two years,” he added. “Once campaign season is over, the complaints go away.”

  • Roane officials may opine on proposed wind farm project

    Roane County officials could weigh in on a proposed wind farm project in neighboring Cumberland County.

    Apex Clean Energy of Charlottesville, Va., states on its website that it is actively developing Crab Orchard Wind in Cumberland’s Crab Orchard community.

    Energy generated from the project could power approximately 20,000 homes annually, according to Apex.

  • Kingston drinking water ‘perfect’

    Kingston’s drinking water is “perfect,” according to the state.

    The water treatment plant received a perfect score earlier this year on the Sanitary Survey of Community Water System, which was conducted by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

    Kingston Water and Sewer Superintendent Mike Jolly said the score was based on a 599-point system tallied over a three-year time frame.

  • Expo Center ‘not the biggest, but the busiest’

    While most of Roane State Community College slows down for the summer, the same cannot be said for the Henry/Stafford East Tennessee Agricultural Exposition Center.

    The facility on the Roane County campus never seems to take a week off.

    “We’re the busiest arena in the state, we’re not the biggest but we are the busiest,” said expo center office supervisor Diane Cox. “Most arenas do two shows a month and think that’s busy. We go every weekend.

    “The only time we take a week off is Christmas.”

  • Motorcyclist not hurt from cooler collision on I-40

    A Crossville man avoided serious injuries during a motorcycle crash in Roane County on Thursday.

    The accident happened at about 12:30 p.m. on Interstate 40 near the 357 mile marker.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Don W. Scarbrough was headed east on a 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan when he struck a cooler in the roadway.

    “The subject then lost control of the motorcycle and laid it down on its right side,” the report said. “The driver had minor injuries from contact with the pavement.”

  • Court to sentence Harriman man on Loudon sex crimes

    A Harriman man is scheduled to be sentenced in September in a Loudon County sex crimes case.

    Zachary Tapp pleaded guilty in Loudon County Criminal Court last week to four counts of statutory rape.  

    Statutory rape is a Class E felony. Since Tapp has no prior criminal history, he will be sentenced as a Range I standard offender, “meaning the sentence range for him is one to two years,” the District Attorney General’s Office said in a press release.