Local News

  • 30 die from overdoses in 2017

    The drug overdose problem plaguing Roane County showed little signs of slowing down in 2017.

    “I think it’s always surprising, even if you expect it,” said Sarah Harrison, executive director of the Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition.

    According to figures provided by Roane County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Boduch, there were 31 drug overdose deaths in Roane County in 2016.

    Last year, there were 30.

  • Emory Golf manager pitches driving range

    A driving range has potential to draw more golfers to the Emory Golf Course if golf course manager Jacob Bennett’s proposal to lease a portion of the golf course comes to fruition.

  • Grants awarded to Harriman, Rockwood libraries

    Harriman Public Library and Rockwood Public Library are recipients of state grants aimed at public training for improving digital literacy.

    The Harriman and Rockwood libraries are among 44 receiving Training Opportunities for the Public Grants from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and Tennessee State Library and Archives within the Secretary of State’s office.

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  • Tickets now on sale for Father-Daughter dance

    Tickets are on sale for Harriman Rotary Club’s annual Heart-to-Heart Father-Daughter Dance.

    The event for all ages will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 17 in the student lounge of Roane State Community College’s main campus between Harriman and Rockwood.

    Tickets are $10 each and are available for the first time this year online at Harriman Rotary’s Facebook or via email at HarrimanRotaryClub@gmail.com.

  • Bogus bill appears to be bleached

    An O’Reilly Auto Parts bank deposit was $50 short recently due to a suspected counterfeit $50 bill.

    Rockwood police investigated.

    According to the report, Officer Jared Hall responded to the store on Jan. 16.

    “I spoke with employee David Trew about the bill,” the report said. “He said it was passed on Jan. 15, 2018, at about 4:36 p.m.”

    The bogus $50 bill wasn’t discovered until it was deposited at a bank.

  • Brine stations throughout county help treat roads more quickly

    The Roane County Road Department has several brine stations setup throughout the county to treat roads before a bad weather event.

    “I came up with an idea and said hey, let’s have us some outpost stations where we can better serve the public with a quicker way to deliver the material,” Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said.

    Brine is a mix of salt and water.

    “We make it to pre-treat the roads and we also use it as an agent to treat the snow once it gets here as a melting agent,” Ferguson said.

  • Standoff ends with tear gas, injured officer

    Kingston police were forced to use tear gas to take custody of a man accused of assaulting his girlfriend before barricading himself inside the residence at 147 Sunny Springs Lane on Friday.

    Kingston Police Sgt. Brian Luttrell was injured when arresting Kevin Ernest Russell, 29, who struggled with officers.

    “They were actually trying to get him cuffed when they both fell,” said Chief Jim Washam.