Today's News

  • Police chief retires amid allegations

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle quietly retired Tuesday after a laundry list of accusations came to light last week.

    “This letter is to clarify that the city of Harriman discontinued the investigation into the ethical, policy and mismanagement allegations against Chief Randy Heidle due to the fact that, if proven true, the most severe action that the City could take would be to terminate his employment with the city,” Harriman City Attorney Allison Rehn said in a prepared statement Thursday afternoon.

  • It’s almost time to make the doughnuts

    Dunkin’ Donuts representatives confirmed this week they will be locating in a retail shop under construction on Hwy. 70 in Midtown.

    “The future Dunkin’ is planned for Hwy. 70 at Griffith Drive,” said Michelle King, Dunkin’ Donuts senior director of global public relations.

    King said the shop “is expected to open by the end of the year.”

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms said site plans indicate the shop will include a drive-thru for customers to get the store’s trademark coffee and sweet treats.

  • Earlier Fishing Rodeo not just for kids anymore

    The Dennis Ferguson Fishing Rodeo is celebrating its 26th year by including some new fishermen and area businesses.

    Always known as an event for youngsters, this year’s Rodeo is opening up to include senior citizens ages 65 and older.

    It will also serve as a health and information fair for those who attend.

    The Rodeo will be Saturday, July 30, at Roane County Park.

    Registration beings at 8 a.m., and fishing starts at 9.

    The free event will include trophies for ages 5-14, and for fishers older than 65.

  • Public stargaze at Tamke-Allan

    Roane State Community College’s Tamke-Allan Observatory will have a public stargaze at 7:30 p.m. June 18.

    Visit www.roanestate.edu/TAO or contact David E. Fields at fieldsde@roanestate.edu for more information.

  • Another delay in Gertrude Porter Park rehab

    Despite several months of delays, Kingston’s Gertrude Porter Park has suffered another setback, and it is unclear when construction will begin on the park.

    Kingston City Manager David Bolling sent a memo to City Council members last week, noting that the original low-bid contractor, Wright Construction, had notified city officials that the company would not be honoring the bid price.

    A representative of that company said its own excavation subcontractor was not honoring his bid, leading Wright Construction to ask for more money, according to the memo.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed next week

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    Distributions will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Harriman and Kingston residents will pick up their commodity foods on June 23.

    The following day, June 24, is reserved for Oliver Springs and Rockwood residents to pick up their foods.

    Commodity food recipients must have been certified before June 3 to receive foods during this distribution.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: What does the future hold for city of Harriman?

    When I gaze upon the up-coming phenomenon of the Harriman City Elections, it is with a sense of wonderment, for it is not unlike the situation which the late King of Siam characterized to Mrs. Leonowens as “a puzzlement”.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Kingston, as Edith Miles knows it

    Since I began working in Roane County several months ago, it has been my goal to learn as much as I can about the history of the area.

    I have been enlightened by the writings of Gerald Largen, a well-known attorney and commentator on all things related to Roane County. Gerald has a unique style of mixing local history with his own personal observations and political beliefs.

  • Dixie Youth Tournaments begin Saturday

    Dixie Youth Baseball will be holding several tournaments in Roane County in June.

    In Class A (5-6 year olds), the West subdistrict tournament begins June 17 at the Mike "Brillo" Miller Sports Complex in Rockwood, with the district tournament being held June 24 in Kingston.
    Rockwood plays Harriman in the opener at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by Campbell County National vs. Campbell County American.

    The tournament concludes on Monday.

    In Class AA (7-8 year olds), Harriman will be hosting the district tournament June 24

  • Goss Scholarship Golf Tournament winners announced

    The Jack Goss Scholarship Golf Tournament was played Saturday morning at the Emory Golf and Country Club. The scholarship was established in memory of Goss, a 1967 Harriman High School graduate who passed away on Jan. 6, 2014.

    Six Harriman graduates have received the Goss Scholarship - 2014 - Ricky Barry and Marissa Burkhardt; 2015 - Mike Jackson and Caitlin Hester; and 2016 - Emily LaRue and Andrew Collett.