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Today's News

  • Choice of insulation fuels fire

    An office and storage building was gutted by fire at Railcar Service Group, 663 Emory Drive, in Harriman on Tuesday afternoon.

    Harriman Fire Department responded to the fire at 2:23 p.m. and found heavy smoke coming from the rear of the building.

    “The owner advised me that they were cutting the metal from the wall on the inside and the wood in the wall caught on fire,” reported Fire Capt. Preston Hamby.

    Fire Chief Brad Goss said the owner had explained they had been doing some remodeling and were doing something around a metal chute.

  • Money pours into Stockton race

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton continued to haul in the money for his re-election bid during the second quarter.

    His campaign financial disclosure report for the period, which covered April 1 through June 30, shows he raised $21,600.

    “We’ve been extremely blessed,” Stockton said. “The Lord’s been good to us, and the people in the county have been good to us.”

    Stockton is seeking his third term as sheriff of Roane County.

    He faces Rockwood Police Department Patrolman Jared Hall in the Aug. 7 election.

  • Tough budget ahead for Harriman

    Harriman residents can breathe a sigh of relief for now.

    No property tax increase has come up so far during discussions of this fiscal year’s budget.

    Residents shouldn’t expect any fancy new projects either, however.

    “This is a lean budget,” said Councilman Lonnie Wright.

    “It is the leanest I’ve had to work with,” agreed Treasurer Charles Kerley.

    The budget also uses up the fund balance. Kerley said reserve funds are what is keeping the city in the black.

  • Pigeon Forge musician giving concert this weekend to benefit Explorers Post

    Pigeon Forge entertainer Kenny Evans will give a benefit concert for Harriman Police Explorers Post 920 this weekend.

    The concert will be from 6 to 8 p.m. July 19 in Harriman’s Princess Theatre.

    Admission is $10 per person.

    Tickets are available at Rocky Top General Store, Harriman Jewelry Exchange or online at brownpapertickets.com.

    Evans is a studio musician and vocalist who has worked as the opening act for country superstars including Kenny Chesney, Charlie Daniels, Lonestar, Sara Evans, Toby Keith and Tracy Byrd.

  • Inky Johnson, Vols QB headline event

    Orchard View Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, will have a free community outreach and night of encouragement on July 27.

    The event starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Oliver Springs High School football field.

    Guest speaker will be University of Tennessee quarterback Nathan Peterman.

    Inky Johnson, a former UT player whose hopes of having an NFL career were ended with a paralyzing injury while he played for UT, will be the featured speaker.

    Johnson went on to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UT.

  • Royal Priesthood leads Singing in the City

    The Royal Priesthood of Southeast Tennessee will be the featured group for Victorious’ Singing in the City on July 19 at Rockwood Event Center.

    Dudley Evans of Victorious described The Royal Priesthood as “an old-style Southern gospel music group” whose leader was formerly with the Kingsmen Quartet.

    Refreshments will be served, and a love offering will be taken for the group.

  • Ridgeview opening walk-in clinic in Harriman

    Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services Inc. is opening a walk-in clinic at its Roane County office at 221 Devonia St., Harriman.

    The walk-in clinic enables immediate access to mental-health care and eliminates delays associated with having to schedule an appointment.

    Clinic hours will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays.

    Individuals may walk in and meet with a clinician for an initial evaluation without an appointment during walk-in clinic hours.

  • Arrests: July 13-16, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    July 13 — Alan Shawn Hatmaker, 29, 303 Evergreen St., Harriman: driving on revoked/suspended license. Bond $1,000; court date Aug. 25.

    • Jodie Lynn Ooten, 40, 1246 Old Deer Lodge Pike, Deer Lodge: complimentary hold. No bond or court date listed.

    • Joey Allister Stephens, 41, 1246 Old Deer Lodge Pike, Deer Lodge: complimentary hold. No bond or court date listed.

  • Property transfers: Feb. 26-27, 2014

    Property deed transfers in Roane County:
    Feb. 26 ― From Housing and Urban Development of Washington, Housing and Urban Development of Washington, Housing and Urban Development Secretary and Housing and Urban Development to Brian Meadows and Michael Chestnut by deed, Dist. 1, Walker subdivision, Lot 13A, $39,700.

    • From Charles G. Henley and Frances W. Henley Estate to Kim Henley Kennedy Trustee, Kelly H. Boles Trustee and Charles G. Henley Revocable Living Trust by quit-claim deed, 3 tracts, $0.

  • Cherokee new-student registration scheduled for July 31

    New-student registration at Cherokee Middle School, Kingston, will be from 9 a.m. to noon July 31 in the school at 200 Paint Rock Ferry Road.

    The registration is only for those new to the school district.

    Students moving from Kingston or Midtown elementary schools are not considered new enrollees.

    Parents should bring proof of residence, such as utility bill or tax payment stub; copy of custody paperwork; certified copy of birth certificate; Social Security card; and students’ last report card.

    Proof of immunizations is also required.