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Today's News

  • Saturday winds take out trees, leave over 7,000 without power

    It was brief, but high winds that breezed through Saturday evening did quite a bit of damage, knocking down trees and leaving many areas without power.

    Roane County Central Dispatch had 60 calls related to the high winds, most of which were on their non-emergency number and concerned trees across roadways.

    “No one was injured due the storm. No injuries were reported to us that I was made aware of,” said Chuck Hiatt, Operations Chief of Office of Emergency Services.

  • Mega high school sure to shoot up Harriman tax rate

    Harriman residents could lose their high school and pay a higher property tax rate than others to fund a new one.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said the reason can be traced back to when Harriman had its own school system. The county borrowed money for school projects, and didn’t tax the residents of Harriman.

    “When the county borrowed the money, they did not give Harriman any of the proceeds, so Harriman has never paid for this debt,” Woody said.

    The debt is in Fund 152, which the county calls Rural Debt Service.

  • After 56 years, Wampler a Harriman High grad

    Donnie Joe Wampler now has his diploma from Harriman High School.

    He gave up the chance to get one with the rest of his classmates when he was a teenager. But because he left school to go join the military, the Roane County Board of Education awarded him with an honorary diploma at Thursday’s meeting.

    “You don’t know how proud I am today,” he told the meeting crowd, which gave him a standing ovation.

    “I’m proud of my country. I served it loyally for 27 years.”

  • Man, youth accused of vandalizing Harriman band concession stand

    From staff reports

    A Harriman man and juvenile were charged with felony vandalism, burglary and other charges related to damage they did to a number of properties, including the Harriman High School football concession stand at Wallace-Black Field.

    In a release, the Harriman Police Department said K-9 Officer Brian Turner and Sgt. James Wadsworth responded to a vandalism complaint at 715 Siluria St. in Harriman at 6:41 a.m. May 20.

  • From the COUNTY: Much to ponder with school plan

    By Ron Woody

    With all the Facebook chatter and newspaper articles, I thought it would be beneficial to reduce to writing some points and issues that have been or will be considered as we progress forward in our understanding and implementing a plan of education for the future.

    In fall 2015, the first discussions began in regard to the future of education in Roane County. Some of the first community meetings took place in summer 2016 and continued through winter 2016.

  • Fall 2020 tentative date for new school

    There was no change in the Roane County Board of Education’s high school plan last Thursday.

    The board met in regular session, and approved a timeline for its plan to build a new consolidated school for Harriman, Roane County and Rockwood High Schools.

    Richard Foster with Lewis Group Architects said construction is estimated to take 18-20 months, and the goal is to have the new school open by August 2020.

  • Hwy. 70’s next widening phase now underway

    Road crews are clearing trees and doing other site preparation in the second phase of the widening of Hwy. 70.

    The project picks up  from where Phase 1 ended to an area about 100 feet from Lakeside Drive.

    “Once completed, this will be a four lane with a center turn lane,” said Mark Nagi, a spokesman for Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    “The project has begun with clearing operations, and then utilities will be moved. Once the utilities are moved, construction will begin on the roadway,” Nagi added.

  • 16 grams of suspected meth lands man in jail

    A 36-year-old Roane County man was allegedly found with 16 grams of suspected methamphetamine Thursday morning.

    The suspect, McKinley Shane Gunter, is facing a felony charge of manufacture, delivery, sale, of schedule II drugs.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Blake Norman stopped a juvenile driver for a head lamp being out. He was taking the juvenile home when he encountered Gunter.

  • Kroger Fuel Center open in time for Memorial Day

    Kroger is celebrating the grand opening of its new Fuel Center at the 1820 Roane State Hwy. store in Harriman on May 17.

    “We are pleased that we can now offer fuel at this location,” said Melissa Eads, spokeswoman for the Kroger Nashville Division.

    “Gasoline is a natural addition to our one-stop-shopping strategy, because it offers our customers tremendous convenience and value.”

    The Fuel Center, open from 6 am. to 11 p.m. daily, offers 18 fueling stations. Diesel fuel is also available.

  • Swaying driver had a few things hidden

    Anthony Buckner, a 45-year-old Knoxville man, was suspected of driving drunk in Rockwood on May 13.

    Buckner denied drinking, but Rockwood Police Department Deputy Chief John Mayes wasn’t swayed and asked Buckner to exit his truck.

    “As he exited the vehicle, he attempted to hide something and a [vacuum constriction device] fell from his pants and vehicle,” the report said.

    Mayes gave Buckner some sobriety tests, which he did not perform well on, according to the report.