Local News

  • Sweet life: Pastor presses on for old-timey sorghum

    Matt Edwards is devoted to his role as pastor at South Harriman Baptist Church, but he finds joy in another vocation as well, one with which he is quite familiar.

    Edwards is a fourth generation farmer, now with several acres all his own in Morgan County where he raises cows, chickens, pigs and about a half acre of sweet sorghum cane.

    For the second year he’s trying his hand at pressing and cooking the syrup down into the popular sorghum syrup that old timers used to make.

  • Ellis no longer on committee for roads: Commissioner took job with department

    County Commissioner Randy Ellis has resigned his role as chairman of the Roane County Commission’s road committee.

    Ellis, who began working for the county roads department on Sept. 13, said Friday his resignation from the road committee would be announced at the next County Commission meeting.

    “I’ve submitted my resignation from the Road Committee to the County Commission,” he said. “There is no meeting or official business to be conducted by the road committee between now and then.”

  • From mayor to manager: Harriman’s Mason takes Oliver Springs town post

    Former Harriman Mayor Chris Mason has been chosen as the new town manager for Oliver Springs.

    In a 3-1 vote, the Oliver Springs Board of Mayor and Aldermen chose Mason for the job Thursday night during their regularly scheduled meeting.

    “I have a very high opinion of him and his capabilities,” Oliver Springs Mayor Cecil Crowe said Friday.

    The position had been vacant since the June 30 resignation of Becky Campbell.

    Cecil Crowe said it had been “a struggle to find someone with the qualities that we really wanted.”

  • Old times there are not forgotten: Wheat homecoming

    The Wheat community may be long gone, but former residents, students and their descendants are making sure it is not forgotten.

    In remembrance, several dozen folks gathered last Sunday at George Jones Memorial Baptist Church just off Blair Road to celebrate the group’s 85th reunion.

    Nestled in the Oak Ridge portion of Roane County — and encompassing land from Bear Creek to Bethel Valley, East Fork Valley and Sugar Grove Valley — the entire community was displaced in 1942 to make way for the ongoing war effort.

  • ‘Nobody knows the chief’: Harriman’s top cop lauded, process panned

    The recent hiring of Derek Pacifico as Harriman police chief drew a mixed reaction from the standing-room-only crowd in Harriman’s City Council chambers Tuesday.

    Some, including residents who participated in the selection process and Pacifico’s students from Farragut, turned out in support.

    Others, however, would have preferred to have a Roane County candidate to fill the post.

  • Boat slips a go for Kingston

    After several months of waiting, Kingston will finally get its boat slips.

    Kingston City Manager David Bolling reported to Kingston City Council Tuesday during its regular workshop that he received official notification that very day from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    “I’m thrilled to death to get the news,” he said. “We have been approved for the permit. We don’t have it in hand, but electronically, they notified us that we had been approved.”

  • Revocation proposed for vehicular homicide parolee

    If the Tennessee Parole Board takes the recommendation of a state hearing officer, a Roane County Jail inmate previously convicted of vehicular homicide will stay there for at least another year.

    Bryan K. Howard had a parole hearing Wednesday at the Jail on charges he violated the terms of his parole for the 2007 vehicular homicide of Bradley Keith Lively.

    He was arrested July 16 of this year after he was found in a cemetery on Dyllis Road while unconscious in a running car.

    He was charged with driving without a license and simple possession.

  • Aquatic plants a pain for lakefront dwellers

    Some Roane County residents are seeing their once-pristine lakefronts turn into an underwater nursery.

    They’re not happy about it, either.

    “If you bring somebody down here to show them lake property and this is out here, I guarantee you, it’s going to have an impact,” Ellis Road resident James D. Stout said.

    The culprits are aquatic plants, such as hydrilla, spiny-leaf naiad and milfoil.

  • Free clinic opening in Harriman

    The uninsured in Roane County now have easier access to free medical services.

    The Oak Ridge Free Medical Clinic will open a satellite office at 531 Devonia St., Harriman, on Thursday.

    The facility – open each Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the possibility of more hours in the future — will offer all the primary care services that patients have access to at the Oak Ridge office.

  • ‘My son never had a chance’: Firefighter’s family still devastated over fatal crash

    More than nine years have passed since Bradley Keith Lively was killed in an automobile crash on Blair Road.

    His death is still painful for his family.

    “He had worked so hard at establishing his own business,” mother Janette Lively said. “We were very much involved in his life.”

    The man responsible for her son’s death, Bryan Keefe Howard, is scheduled to have a parole revocation hearing today – Wednesday – at the Roane County Jail.

    Janette Lively said she plans to attend.