Local News

  • Harriman promoter has hometown ties

    Rebecca Schwepfinger will be promoting her hometown.

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms announced her selection as the special events and public relations coordinator on Tuesday.

    “As a native of Harriman, I am especially pleased,” Schwepfinger said. “I look forward to interacting with Harriman’s leadership team in continuing efforts to let others know about the great things going on there.”

  • Man rebuilds railroad ticket office on lawn

    Larry Goldston’s eye-catching home in Harriman just got a little more interesting.

    “This is an original ticket station for Harriman,” said Goldston, showing off a new structure on his corner lot. “I saved a little bit of Harriman history.”

    He heard about the structure from someone who lived nearby who was going to expand their yard and get rid of it. Goldston clamored for and got it.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Is Nixon/Mitchell ‘Southern Strategy’ going?

    Ah, Gentle reader, were we not inundated with the recent rains, we are now deluged with the efforts to expunge all evidence of our racist past.

  • Court overturns Houston case

    A federal appeals court overturned Leon Houston’s conviction for threatening his former attorney on Thursday.

    The ruling from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals cited the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Anthony Douglas Elonis, a Pennsylvania man who was convicted of making threats via Facebook.


    School starts in a month.

    Is that too soon for the Roane County Board of Education to implement a redistricting plan? That’s something its members are grappling with now.

    Changes in school enrollments and lengthy bus rides for some students are bringing the problem to the forefront.

    “We need to address this issue,” Danny Wright said. “My concern is I don’t know if we can address it this month.”

    The board held a work session on redistricting Tuesday.

  • ‘Dub’ Harmon: Good man, good commissioner

    James “Dub” Harmon passed away on Wednesday at Roane Medical Center.

    Harmon was a former Roane County commissioner, who represented the Harriman area. He was 87.

    “He was a good man and a good commissioner,” Commissioner Bobby Collier said. “If he told you something you could believe it.”

    Commissioner Mike Hooks also had fond memories of Harmon. He and Collier served on the commission and the budget committee with Harmon.

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  • Former official seeks extensive records on county animal shelter

    Harriman attorney Scott McCluen has taken an interest in the operations of the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    On June 30 he filed a lengthy Freedom of Information Act Request with the county, asking to see records dealing with animal adoptions, cruelty investigations, emergency rescue reports, bite reports, intake forms and lost and found reports.

    McCluen is also requesting to see records on controlled substances used at the shelter along with ledgers and activity reports.

  • Alcohol linked to fatal wreck

    A July 2 wreck has left one man dead and another behind bars.

    The Roane County crash happened around 6:15 p.m. on Hwy. 322 in Philadelphia.

    The deceased was identified as 53-year-old Richard D. Skipworth of Etowah.

    He was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by Steven D. Moore of Philadelphia.

    State Trooper Matthew Armes charged Moore with vehicular homicide involving intoxication in the incident.

  • $10,000 for city council tablets?

    Harriman officials are considering whether to do away with traditional meeting packets and purchase computer tablets for their meetings.

    An estimated $10,000 was not included for Harriman City Council and staff tablets for meetings in the initial draft of a 2016 budget, but Harriman City Councilman Lonnie Wright wants to consider putting that money into the budget.

    “We already tried to move that way, because she sends us emails out,” Wright said.