Today's News

  • ‘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.

  • Fourth no holiday for firefighters

    The Fourth of July was no holiday for Harriman and Rockwood firefighters.

    Fire broke out around 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Harriman Housing Authority home at 213 Roberts St.

    Four people occupied the residence, which suffered smoke and heat damage.

    “We contained the fire to one room.,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss. “Upon arrival, they had fire coming out of the bedroom. That is where the main body of the fire was, in the bedroom.”

  • $10,000 for council tablets waste of money

    The Harriman City Council is considering forking over $10,000 for computer tablets to get electronic versions of agendas and other documents involving city business. (See story in today's Roane County News)

    Our response?


    Has it not been drummed into our — and their — heads that these are tight budget times?

  • TVA auction ‘good thing’

    This month’s auction of properties TVA purchased because of the ash spill could prove beneficial for Roane County in several ways.

    “Anytime you put property back on the tax rolls, it’s a good thing,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    The auction is slated for Saturday, July 25.

    The properties, most of which are on Emory River Road, include 22 homes and 39 vacant lots.

  • Armed robbery mars holiday weekend

    Kingston police responded to an armed robbery at the Rocky Top at 935 E. Race St. Sunday morning.

    Cashier Michelle Birmley told police that a man in camouflage clothing entered the store around 1:30 a.m. and pointed a black pistol at her and demanded money.

    “While she attempted to open the register, the suspect walked around the counter and removed the money from the drawer,” the report said. “The suspect then ordered Ms. Birmley to open the safe under the register, and Ms. Birmley complied.”