Local News

  • Harriman Council vacancies won’t be on November ballot

    Harriman City Council’s upcoming vacancies will not be on the Nov. 8 ballot.

    Harriman City Council defeated an ordinance for a special election to fill two vacancies. The vacancies will be left by Wayne Best, who will become mayor on Sept. 1, and Allen Hickman, who qualified to run for Council before he was appointed the city’s recreation director.

    The voters elected Hickman, whose name remained on the Aug. 4 ballot. He has said he wants to continue as recreation director.


    A giant demolition machine that looked like a dinosaur edged toward the remains of the building, made a few critical cuts on the supporting structure, and in seconds a piece of history collapsed into a pile of rubble.

    Federal, state and local officials were joined by as many as 1,500 current and former Department of Energy officials to watch the final stages of a more-than-six-month project to demolish the K-27 building at the East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge.

  • Harriman Police investigate homicide

    Harriman Police are investigating a homicide that happened Sunday evening at a Byrd Avenue residence in downtown Harriman.

    Acccording to the detail call sheet from Roane County E-911, a juvenile male told dispatch he shot his sister's boyfriend in the face.

    Those reports indicate the deceased was MarStratton Gordon.

    The juvenile told dispatch that his sister and her boyfriend had been fighting. At the time of the call the sister reported the man still had a pulse and was lying in her doorway.

  • Rockwood blocks street to detain man

    A former Rockwood man accused of two counts of attempted murder in Monroe County is in custody after Rockwood police found him Friday morning.

    Brian Saylor, 34, first fled from area law enforcement late Thursday.

    “We got some information he was at a house in the area,” said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright.

    Saylor was found with a semi-automatic weapon, but he was taken into custody without incident.

  • She’ll be 100 and COUNTING

    Rachel Robinette is reveling in reaching her milestone 100th birthday.

    The Rockwood resident was treated to an early celebration     on Aug. 21, with a reception at Rockwood First Presbyterian Church hosted by the church’s Women’s Association.

    “Honey, not many people get to be 100 years old,” she said.

    “Miss Rachel’s” official birthday is Aug. 30, but her party was more than a week early due to scheduling conflicts.

  • Area lawmen pay respects to officer slain in Maryville

    Law-enforcement agencies within Roane County offered condolences to the Maryville Police Department last week.

    The expressions of support came after Maryville Police Officer Kenny Moats was shot and killed responding to a domestic incident in Blount County on Thursday.

    “Our thoughts and prayers to the family of the fallen officer and to our brothers and sisters at Maryville Police Department,” the Kingston Police Department said in a post on its Facebook page.

  • Couple found with stolen truck, drugs

    A man and a woman were found with suspected drugs and a stolen truck at the Lakeview Inn in Kingston last week.

    According to the warrant, Kingston police were dispatched to the motel to investigate a strange odor coming from room 31.

    The occupants of that room were identified as Timothy Menges and Mary Miller.

    “Upon looking under the mattress, I found a blue case,” Kingston Police Officer Brent Barger said in the warrant.

  • Safety, quality teachers priorities for Roane County school system

    The Roane County school system is still in a “visioning” mode, trying to decide what it wants to accomplish, recently hired director of schools Leah Watkins told the Harriman Rotary Club Thursday.

    “We’re still trying to decide what we want to provide and what can we fiscally support,” she said in response to a series of questions from Rotarians interested in everything from advanced language classes to redistricting and consolidation.

  • Harriman officials may appoint interim finance officer, judge

    From staff reports
    Harriman City Council will discuss Tuesday how to proceed with chief financial officer and judge appointments.

    After the 6 p.m. workshop, officials may take action at a special-called meeting at 7 p.m.

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms recommended waiting until the entire Council can be present to interview candidates.

    A number of Council members are expected to be absent Tuesday.

  • Police chase ends with fatal crash

    A Wednesday afternoon car crash left a Powell woman dead and a Harriman teenager facing criminal charges.

    The male teen was driving a 1998 Dodge pickup truck that crashed into a rock protruding alongside Poplar Creek Road.

    His passenger, 20-year-old Holland Durbrow, died upon impact.

    The driver, who is 15, was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

    The crash happened around 3 p.m. Harriman police were in pursuit of the pickup truck, which was suspected of being stolen.