Local News

  • Harriman fire chief heads to Alabama

    Harriman has only had Fire Chief David Bailey one year, and it is already time to start looking for his replacement.

    Bailey, who retired from Virginia, came to Harriman in March 2016, but will soon be leaving for Madison, Ala.

    “It was just a personal family decision,” said Bailey.

    He was one of three finalists to be interviewed last month for the Madison fire chief position.

    Bailey said he has enjoyed working with the members of his department and others in the city as well as other agencies in Roane County.

  • Ex-police chief, detective eyeing Rockwood jobs

    Some familiar Roane County faces may be taking spots in Rockwood Police Department.

    Roane County Sheriff Office Detective John Mayes is the lone candidate in the running for deputy chief, and former Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle is one of six candidates that have been interviewed for a patrolman position.

    “We have not hired anybody yet. It will be brought up at the Council meeting on the 24th,” said Chief Bill Stinnett.

    Stinnett said they just finished up the interview process for the patrolman position with an interview board.

  • Alleged scammer poses as group’s chief

    The treasurer for the Business and Professional Women of Tennessee told Rockwood police she fell victim to a scam.

    Melonie Ann Hiegel of Molyneux Street spoke with Officer Brandon Smith about the incident on Tuesday.

    “She stated that she is the treasurer for the Business and Professional Women of Tennessee,” the report said.

  • Man with sawed-off gun, numerous drugs charged

    Jacob B. Potter, a 28-year-old Harriman man, was allegedly found in possession of a sawed off shotgun on March 29. That wasn’t the only contraband in his possession, according to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report.

    Potter was also allegedly found with heroin, methamphetamine and pills. He’s facing numerous charges including manufacturing methamphetamine, simple possession or casual exchange, possession of a firearm during an attempt to commit a dangerous felony, prohibited weapons, vandalism, aggravated assault and kidnapping.

  • Feds indict Ten Mile man on firearms charge

    A Ten Mile man is being held at the Knox County Jail without bond on a federal firearms charge.

    A federal grand jury indicted Albert Childs Jr. on Dec. 20 for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

    Cpl. Kyle Canup of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office went to Childs’ home at 328 Blue Springs Circle on March 29 and arrested him on the charge.

    Childs was arraigned at the federal courthouse in Knoxville on March 31. He was appointed an attorney and pleaded not guilty.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Representative democracy — will GOP make it work?

    Gentle reader, like so many folks, we like to believe in the idea of human progress, that is that we as a species, in almost all aspects, improve over time. And, by and large, that seems to be the case.

    Just look at the progress we have made in the last hundred years: It would take a voluminous tome to detail all aspects of this progress, from our life span and health, to our standard of living and economy.

  • Don’t get nailed for driving drunk

    Two days ahead of last Saturday’s prom, Midway High School Resource Officer Rick Butler and Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton were letting students know the importance of staying safe.

    With the use of specialized goggles that simulate the effects of drugs and alcohol, Midway students got the opportunity to drive an obstacle course meant to show how important it is to stay sober.

  • Smorgasbord of fun at Boys, Girls Club

    Attendance at Roane County’s Boys & Girls Club continues to grow.

    The club recently celebrated National Boys & Girls Club Week with an open house, and they shared the excitement of their continued growth with visitors. That included an average of about 40 youth per day this school year — and even more in the summer program that kicked off last year.

    “Last summer was about 75 a day. We had to get really creative here in the summer,” said Adam Wilson, chief operating officer of the Boys & Girls Club of the Clinch Valley.

  • Man flees police in car, on foot

    A Harriman man is facing charges for allegedly fleeing from police.

    Nathan Richard Vineyard, 26, was arrested on Friday.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, a be-on-the-lookout alert was issued for Vineyard after he failed to stop for Oak Ridge police.

    “Central dispatch received a call from a bystander on Gallaher (Road) about a reckless driver matching the description,” the report said.