Today's News

  • Harriman fire chief heads to Alabama

    Harriman has only had Fire Chief David Bailey one year, and it is already time to start looking for his replacement.

    Bailey, who retired from Virginia, came to Harriman in March 2016, but will soon be leaving for Madison, Ala.

    “It was just a personal family decision,” said Bailey.

    He was one of three finalists to be interviewed last month for the Madison fire chief position.

    Bailey said he has enjoyed working with the members of his department and others in the city as well as other agencies in Roane County.

  • Ex-police chief, detective eyeing Rockwood jobs

    Some familiar Roane County faces may be taking spots in Rockwood Police Department.

    Roane County Sheriff Office Detective John Mayes is the lone candidate in the running for deputy chief, and former Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle is one of six candidates that have been interviewed for a patrolman position.

    “We have not hired anybody yet. It will be brought up at the Council meeting on the 24th,” said Chief Bill Stinnett.

    Stinnett said they just finished up the interview process for the patrolman position with an interview board.

  • Alleged scammer poses as group’s chief

    The treasurer for the Business and Professional Women of Tennessee told Rockwood police she fell victim to a scam.

    Melonie Ann Hiegel of Molyneux Street spoke with Officer Brandon Smith about the incident on Tuesday.

    “She stated that she is the treasurer for the Business and Professional Women of Tennessee,” the report said.

  • Man with sawed-off gun, numerous drugs charged

    Jacob B. Potter, a 28-year-old Harriman man, was allegedly found in possession of a sawed off shotgun on March 29. That wasn’t the only contraband in his possession, according to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report.

    Potter was also allegedly found with heroin, methamphetamine and pills. He’s facing numerous charges including manufacturing methamphetamine, simple possession or casual exchange, possession of a firearm during an attempt to commit a dangerous felony, prohibited weapons, vandalism, aggravated assault and kidnapping.

  • Feds indict Ten Mile man on firearms charge

    A Ten Mile man is being held at the Knox County Jail without bond on a federal firearms charge.

    A federal grand jury indicted Albert Childs Jr. on Dec. 20 for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

    Cpl. Kyle Canup of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office went to Childs’ home at 328 Blue Springs Circle on March 29 and arrested him on the charge.

    Childs was arraigned at the federal courthouse in Knoxville on March 31. He was appointed an attorney and pleaded not guilty.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Representative democracy — will GOP make it work?

    Gentle reader, like so many folks, we like to believe in the idea of human progress, that is that we as a species, in almost all aspects, improve over time. And, by and large, that seems to be the case.

    Just look at the progress we have made in the last hundred years: It would take a voluminous tome to detail all aspects of this progress, from our life span and health, to our standard of living and economy.

  • Site cleanup: RaceWay corporate makes good on promise

    The old RaceWay gas station in Kingston was the site of a lot of construction work last week.

    City Manager David Bolling said the work is related to a pledge the company made when the gas station shut down.

    “When it went out of business, their corporate people promised us they’d come in and take the tanks out and take out the pumps and all that, so that’s what they’re doing now,” he said.

    “We’re glad to see that.”

  • Legal Aid Society in midst of fundraising campaign

    Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands has kicked off its 2017 Campaign for Equal Justice.

    The annual fundraising initiative aims to raise $826,000 to provide free legal assistance to low-income individuals throughout Middle Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau.

    Robert R. Asbury is the Oak Ridge chairman.

  • Hear how to prevent violence at work

    Roane County Employers’ Association will hear a presentation on “Preventing Violence in the Workplace: Active Threat Awareness, Preparedness and Response” on April 11.

    The luncheon meeting will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the ground-floor cafeteria faculty lounge on the main campus of Roane State Community College between Harriman and Rockwood.

    Lunch is provided to members and first-time guests of nonmember organizations. RSVP by April 7 at alutz@roanealliance.org or 376-2093.