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Today's News

  • Harriman man charged with defacing memorial to fallen police officers

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Harriman police have apprehended a 61-year-old man suspected of vandalizing the Roane County Fallen Officer Memorial in Harriman Riverfront Park.

    Jerry M. Lemons of 176 Old Coalfield Road, Harriman, admitted vandalizing the memorial on several occasions after undercover detectives caught him spray-painting it on March 29, according to a Harriman Police Department press release.

    “It was just the memorial itself he had a problem with,” Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said.

  • Harriman Walgreens robbed

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Harriman police are looking for a man who robbed Walgreens at Hwy. 70 and South Pine Ridge Road Tuesday night.

    Harriman Police Capt. Kenny Humphrey said the department received a call around 9:50 p.m. that an armed robbery had occurred at the pharmacy.

    He said dispatch reports say a young male wearing a black ball cap took a brown backpack and gun into the store and stole OxyContin.

  • County seeks portion of TVA cleanup money

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Whatever the final tab is on TVA’s ash spill cleanup, the long-term recovery committee believes Roane County is entitled to 15 percent of the costs.

    The committee, formed to help the county rehab its image from the Dec. 22, 2008, disaster, voted to send TVA that reparations request.

  • County official clocked at nearly 100 mph vexed about speeding ticket

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham was ticketed for speeding on Interstate 40.

    Then she seemed irked that she was being given a ticket, according to a report by Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Currier.

  • Election official makes plea to keep staff

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Two Democrat and one Republican votes and Tony Brown might be able to stay on as Roane County’s Administrator of Elections.

    “But I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Brown said.

    The five-member Roane County Election Commission is about to flip from three Democrats and two Republicans to three Republicans and two Democrats.

  • Four hurt in Midtown crash

    Four people were injured Monday night in a headon collision near the entrance to the Roane County Ambulance Service on Hwy. 70, Midtown.

  • School bus in fatal accident; no students hurt

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    An Oliver Springs man was killed and at least four others were injured in a traffic accident involving a Roane County school bus on Hwy. 61 near Oliver Springs Tuesday morning.

    Kenneth Collins was dead on the scene of the early morning crash, said Trooper Rodney Redmon of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

    Witnesses told authorities a pickup truck heading east on Hwy. 61 crossed the center line and struck the bus head on, Redmon said.

  • Proposed election board changes announced

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    James R. Ryans is already involved in public service as a member of Roane County’s Board of Public Utilities.

    Now he has a chance to serve the county in a political capacity after his appointment to the Roane County Election Commission.     

    The state announced the appointees on Monday.

    Ryans said Republican state Sen. Ken Yager asked him a couple of months ago if he was interested in serving.  

  • Legislators defend measures

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    eejraymond@roanecounty.com

    State legislators representing Roane County defended a pair of environmental measures last week that have landed them criticism.

    Rep. Dennis Ferguson and Sen. Ken Yager, who met with residents at Kingston Community Center Thursday to listen to concerns, also said they had made alteration to the proposed legislation.

  • Commissioners may get constable power

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The decision on whether to abolish the office of constable in Roane County could rest with the people.

    At least that’s the way one legislator would like to see it.

    “I’ve advised the commission of this,” state Sen. Ken Yager said. “Since we are talking about elected officials, we are looking into the possibility of having a ratification by the people in the next election. That is something that’s been looked at.”