Local News

  • Harriman may use old RMC building

    Harriman City Council started discussing moving city offices into the vacant Harriman Hospital building last fall, even taking a tour to discuss what needed to be done with the structure.

    They may take a step toward that direction if they approve having a study done to look at feasibility of renovating and a reuse plan for the building by the firm Lawler Wood.

    Finding a use for the hospital was on everyone’s minds at the strategic planning meeting last week, and Councilman Chris Ahler said it is one of the big issues for the future.

  • Schools sued over alleged Midway rape

    A lawsuit filed in Roane County Circuit Court this week seeks at least $4.5 million in damages from Roane County Schools and a janitorial contractor in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a minor student at Midway High School.

    The suit, filed by the parents of the minor, alleges Jessica E. Galyon, a resident of Loudon and an employee of janitorial contractor Compass One Services of Chesterbrook, Pa., sexually assaulted the student on the Midway campus in September 2016.

  • Kingston, OS schools in worst shape

    The decision earlier this month by the Roane County Board of Education to keep five high schools open raises new questions about how much such a plan might cost.

    At Thursday’s meeting held at Cherokee Middle School, board members questioned architects from the Lewis Group about the condition of the schools — Harriman, Midway, Oliver Springs, Roane County in Kingston and Rockwood — and what the cost might be to upgrade the buildings for continued use.

  • ‘God put me there for a reason’

    Harriman Police Assistant Chief Kenny Humphrey was in the right place at the right time to save a 17-year-old boy’s life.

    Around 3:40 p.m. March 10, Humphrey was driving nearby when he heard the call over the radio of a young man standing on the railing of the bridge into West Hills, which is over a steep drop to the railroad tracks below.

    “I was able to pull in behind him without him noticing because I am in an unmarked car,” Humphrey explained. “I went up behind him and grabbed him and got him down from there.

  • Jail’s Dollar General price tag: $850,000

    Roane County could be moving closer to buying the Dollar General Store beside the county jail.
    Kingston developer Matt Caldwell has offered to sell the building to the county for $850,000.

    Earlier this month, the Property Committee voted to recommend a resolution to the full County Commission that would allow County Executive Ron Woody to negotiate with Caldwell for the purchase of the property.

    A draft of the resolution said the purchase price for the property must not exceed $850,000.

  • No injuries in bus collision with teen

    A teen driver crashed into a Roane County school bus Thursday afternoon.

    None of the 26 students who were on the bus suffered injuries, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, which investigated the crash.

    It happened on Dogwood Drive around 4 p.m. According to the report, 18-year-old Derek A. Bailey of Kingston was traveling north in a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero when he crossed the centerline and struck the school bus.

  • Rockwood firefighters take up teaching

    Rockwood Fire Department is investing in training its employees.

    Many of them recently went to different instructor schools, so the training should pay off with future savings in the department.

    “Some of this is stuff we are required to do every year or every other year, and we have been having to outsource it to get somebody to come in here and do the training for us,” said Rockwood Fire Chief Matt Crabtree.

  • Eight years’ probation sentence of man pleading to child neglect

    Multiple “roadblocks” hampered the prosecution of a Kingston man who was indicted in 2015 on four counts of aggravated child abuse.

    The case against Dakota Cain Lamping ended on Friday when he pleaded guilty to an amended charge of attempted aggravated child neglect.

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced him to eight years of state probation. He was also fined $150 and ordered to pay the court costs. The remaining charges were dismissed.

  • Robbery suspect in custody

    A man is now in custody after a robbery at the Rocky Top gas station at 102 N. Roane St. in downtown Harriman early Sunday morning.

    Harriman police reported the clerk told them a man reached over and took cash from the open register while he was making a purchase. A brief struggle took place between the suspect and clerk before the suspect left the store with the money.

  • Harriman considers public safety director

    Harriman is considering creating a public safety director position to oversee both police and fire.

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms said he felt this would be the best time to try such a proposal because of the employees the city has on staff.

    “If I didn’t think we had the right people in place right now I wouldn’t be talking about this,” said Helms.

    Councilman Lonnie Wright agreed with the quality of the city’s staff.