Local News

  • Authorities retrieve number of items believed taken in burglary

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from Harriman police, confiscated items they believed were taken during a burglary.

    Three people were released during the stop on Ruritan Road on Thursday. A fourth, Amber Bray, 32, of 1718 Bennett Circle, Harriman, was arrested on an unrelated failure to appear charge.

    Sheriff’s Detective John Mayes reported through an email that he “was given information that suspects from a burglary were traveling towards Rockwood,” when they were stopped at the Dollar General Market in South Harriman.

  • Some bunny’s painting

    The woman convicted of vehicular homicide by intoxication in the May 8, 2014, death of pedestrian Daniel Hester was sentenced to 10 years on Monday.

    Raychell Huckelby also received 11 months and 29 days for leaving the scene after striking Hester.

    She is required to serve at least 30 percent of her sentence before being eligible for parole.

    “I cannot express my apologies enough to Mr. Hester’s family,” Huckelby said in a statement she made at the sentencing hearing.

  • Grady charged in shooting death

    A Harriman man was arrested Sunday afternoon for a reckless homicide in the Dec. 30 shooting death of Jacob Sizemore, 31.

    A Roane County grand jury indicted Timothy Shawn Grady, 42, on one count of reckless homicide. Grady is accused of shooting and killing Sizemore outside 225 Harding Drive after he allegedly found Sizemore fighting Grady’s friend Michael Russell.

  • School threats bring arrests

    Authorities charged an Oliver Springs High School student for threats he allegedly made last week.

    “We’ve concluded that he did not actually have any intention of doing anything,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Art Wolff said Thursday. “However, his threats did create quite a bit of alarm within the students and the community, so we have taken out a juvenile petition and he’s in the process of being taken into custody to go down to juvenile as we speak.”

  • Commissioner remembered as ‘great,’ ‘big-hearted guy’

    Roane County Commissioner Steve Kelley passed away unexpectedly last week. He was 63.

    “He’ll be missed greatly on the Commission,” Commission Chairman Ron Berry said.

    “He was a great guy,” Commissioner David Bell added. “A big-hearted guy.”

    County Executive Ron Woody said Kelley suffered a heart attack.

    Kelley served on the Commission’s Budget Committee, which Woody chairs.

  • Jail inmates fight on way to church

    Roane County is reportedly on the hook for the “tens of thousands of dollars” it took to treat an inmate who was injured during a fight at the jail earlier this month.

    The incident happened on Feb. 2. According to a warrant, Deputy Christian Pryor was letting prisoners out of their cells to go to church.

    That’s when inmate William Joseph Lanter allegedly attacked inmate John Dalton Edde by punching Edde in the face and head.

  • Harriman alum brings engineering back home

    Students at Harriman Middle School were treated to a special lesson from Heather Pridemore as part of Engineering Week.

    Pridemore, a chemical engineer at the Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge, visited Victoria Henley’s eighth-grade science class and gave a talk about the engineering field along with the many types of engineers that they can study.

    Pridemore is a Harriman High School alumnus and has been visiting Henley’s classes for more than eight years.

  • March for Meals at breakfast

    Mid-East Community Action Agency welcomes the public to attend a March for Meals kick-off breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Michael Dunn Center.

    Call 354-0450 to RSVP.

    Those attending will have opportunities to meet the staff, drivers and volunteers, view preparation and staging, and hear more about Meals on Wheels in the community.

    March for Meals is a monthlong community celebration of Meals on Wheels and the vulnerable seniors who rely on the vital service to remain independent at home.