Today's News

  • State: TVA having no impact on Watts Bar Lake water quality

    Dozens of residents and environmentalists from around the region filled the benches in a Roane County courtroom Thursday night for a public hearing on permitting for TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation permit for treating and discharging wastewater at the Kingston plant has currently expired.

    According to TDEC representatives at the meeting, TVA is in compliance with the rules but changes at the federal level have delayed the issuance of the permit.

  • Pursuit through Rockwood, Harriman ends with arrest

    Tennessee Highway Patrol and other departments pursued and later arrested a Harriman man Friday morning.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol incident report said Johnny Spears, 35, of Harriman, is charged with fleeing, seatbelt law and other traffic charges.

    Trooper Paul Dubroc reported he attempted to stop a 2001 Pontiac sedan on Hwy. 70 near Winters Loop Road for a seat belt violation.

    The driver refused to stop, and a pursuit was initiated.

    An E-911 call sheet indicates the trooper didn’t consider it a pursuit initially.

  • Attorney on 2nd lawsuit over ash spill

    Birmingham, Ala., attorney Jeff Friedman is joining the legal team suing Jacobs Engineering over its handling of the TVA ash spill cleanup.

    “I will be filing a notice of appearance next week,” Friedman said Friday.

    The spill occurred at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant on Dec. 22, 2008. This month will mark nine years since the disaster, which released more than 5 million cubic yards of fly ash.

  • Pay part of reason to scrap boards

    Roane County Commissioners get paid $102.50 for committee meetings. District 2 Commissioner Randy Ellis said the cost is another reason why he’s pushing to do away with the Commission committees that aren’t required by state law. 

    “If we have a once a month workshop and cut a lot of these committees out, it’s going to save the taxpayers a lot of money,” Ellis said. 

  • A piece of history, and it can be yours

    The oldest and most historic home in Roane County is for sale.

    Located on the corner of Cumberland and Kentucky streets in Kingston, directly across from the historic Roane County Courthouse, the more-than-200-year-old Col. Gideon Morgan House is a rare example of the Federal style.

    Priced at $399,000, the four-bedroom, one-bath home is a bargain considering its history, location and condition, said Kathy May-Martin, listing agent with Coldwell Banker Jim Henry & Associates.

  • Harriman home rehab grants talk Tuesday

    Those needing assistance in rehabilitating their homes may want to learn about possible help at a public meeting to discuss the $500,000 in home grant funds the city of Harriman was given by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency. 

    The meeting will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

  • Chancellor: ‘Clean up half that mess’

    Chancellor Frank V. Williams III had some stern advice for Helen Hayes on Thursday.

    “I tell people to stay out of court,” he said. “Don’t ever come to court because bad things happen to people when they come into a courtroom, and something bad is going to happen to you on Jan. 4 if you don’t clean up half that mess.”

    Williams is referring to the mess on the property that Hayes owns at 1812 Bluff Road, Harriman. 

  • New counsel for man charged with shooting at police

    A Harriman man charged with shooting at police in March 2016 is set to go to trial on July 26.

    Nathan Robert Manis, 29, also has a new attorney in Ian McCabe after Judge Jeff Wicks ruled in favor of attorney Mart S. Cizek’s motion to withdraw over a conflict of interest. 

    Cizek was the Police Benevolent Association representative for former Harriman officer Steve Hart while the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation looked into the officer-involved shooting. 

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Screen Door Café sure to wow you

    I’m always looking for unique places for my “Out to Lunch” articles. You’ll want to plan to visit the latest unique restaurant we selected.

    “You guys ought to eat at the Screen Door Café, in Dayton,” Louise Turbyville Shipwash told my wife Carol, during a recent bridge group gathering they have regularly.

    “I’ve enjoyed eating there twice, and the food is great.”

  • Harriman middle drops pair

    The Harriman Middle School Lady Blue Devils and Blue Devils travelled to Lenoir City on Monday night to take on the Lady Panthers and Panthers of Lenoir City Middle School in some hoops action.

    The week didn’t start off well for the Big Blue as neither team was able to secure a victory against Lenoir City as the Lady Devils fell by a score of 35-16 and the Blue Devils lost by a score of 40-17.

    The Lady Devils were unable to get much offense going on Monday night as the Lady Panthers didn’t have much of a problem putting up points on the scoreboard.