Today's News

  • New gas station eyeing Midtown

    Weigels Stores Inc. is looking at locating a new station in Harriman on Hwy. 70 and will be appearing before the Harriman beer board at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19.
    The meeting is to consider an application for a permit to sell beer for off-premise consumption.
    “We are going through the process of getting approval at the city of Harriman,” said Chris Ooten, director of real estate.

  • Bank of America gives back

    Officials with Bank of America presented Mid-East Community Action Agency with a $10,000 contribution Dec. 3.
    Jim Checolo, the consumer market manager for the Knoxville area, said Bank of America sets aside funds for charitable organizations each year. Decisions about where the money goes are made on the local level, however.
    “So it’s not just one big corporation making these decisions,” Checolo said. “It’s based on the efforts that this charitable organization does in Roane County.”

  • Kingston hopeful on grant chance

    By Mike Gibson
    Blocked once from a block grant, Kingston officials are taking their cues from an old adage: “If at first you don’t succeed…”
    Kingston Council members placed a resolution to apply for fiscal 2013 Community Development Block Grant Funds up to $500,000. There’s a public meeting scheduled for Dec. 18 in Council Chambers at the community center to discuss suitable subjects for grant funding.

  • Mugger not first time offender

    The alleged mugging of an 84-year-old woman wasn’t Benjamin Heath Clark’s first run-in with the law this year. According to court records, Clark was arrested for public intoxication on Aug. 7. He was found guilty in September and fined $50.
    Court records also show that Clark’s wife filed a petition for an order of protection against him. She alleged that Clark forced himself on her while she was sleeping.

  • Salvation Army needs volunteers

    The ringing of bells outside of shopping centers has become as much a part of Christmas time as Santa Claus and his reindeer.
    The local chapter of the Salvation Army in Roane County has bell ringing days at several locations including the Harriman Kroger, Kingston Food City and Rockwood Walmart.
    The group would always love to see more volunteers, including a site coordinator to return bell ringing to Harriman Food City.
    “We traditionally have four sites in Roane County,” said Bob Lepsig.

  • Changes come to RCN

    Chances are you noticed two significant changes to the Roane County News beginning with this edition.
    Our front page logo has changed from the cyan outline of Roane County that has been on the front for decades.
    The new logo, which we think better reflects the grace and beauty of Roane County and its extensive waterfront, includes the outline of a flying heron.
    Another change you may notice is a slightly narrower width to the page.
    This change was made due to the ever increasing cost of newsprint.

  • Mullins fights to waive penalties

    Brian Mullins and his company Brian Mullins Excavating owe Roane County thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes. His attorney, Mark N. Foster, argued during a court hearing last week that the penalties on the debt should be waived because another company Mullins owns, Siteworx LLC, is suing the county over work done on the new jail. 
    Chancellor Frank V. Williams III didn’t agree with Foster’s argument and ruled Mullins must pay the penalties.

  • Injuries in Harriman collision
  • Meth suspect fights lengthy sentencing

    A woman serving 20 years in federal prison for her role in a Roane County methamphetamine conspiracy is trying to fight her sentence.
    Kristi Miller filed a motion to vacate, set aside, or correct her sentence.
    “It does not plainly appear from the face of the motion that it should be summarily dismissed,” Chief U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Collier wrote.
    Collier ordered the U.S. Attorney’s Office to file a response to Miller’s motion, which it did on Dec. 3.

  • US Bank robber gets prison time

    Justin Charles Solock was sentenced to 80 months in federal prison for robbing the US Bank in Rockwood. His sentencing hearing was held at the federal courthouse in Knoxville last Thursday.
    Solock, 25, was also ordered to pay $1,188.51 in restitution. His prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release.
    The robbery occurred on April 25. Solock pleaded guilty to the crime in August.