Today's News

  • Relay for Life event helps fight for cancer free world

    On Friday, April 20, hundreds of participants will join together at the annual Relay For Life of Roane County at Roane State Community College to help the American Cancer Society attack cancer from every angle.

    The event will be from 5 to 11 p.m.

    The American Cancer Society is fighting cancer on every front, standing shoulder to shoulder with cancer patients and those supporting them.

  • Tips for family healthy spring

    Spring is here, and it’s a great time for the family to take advantage of the nicer weather.

    Get outside with the kids and enjoy outdoor activities that boost fitness.

    Practicing healthy habits every day will help children live a healthier life. It will also help them achieve more in school.

    A few small changes in the family’s physical activity can have a huge impact on kids now and on their long-term health.

  • Officials eye uses for old Harriman hospital

    Harriman got its first look at what the old Harriman Hospital might look like with city offices inside last month.

    “It kind of shows what some of the repurposing uses could be for the facility, but the city uses primarily being located within the 1990s structure. It would include relocating from some current facilities, and also the addition of some space we would think would be beneficial to the community,” said city manager Kevin Helms.

  • Bread sticks hot in more ways than one

    An employee with Little Caesars in Rockwood told police that a stranger stole his bread sticks, which the pizza chain calls Crazy Bread.

    The incident happened on April 9 around 10:45 p.m.

  • Bazel Road next on Harriman’s list for paving

    Harriman found more money in its budget to tackle additional paving.

    The city is paving Bazel Road and a portion of Clifty Street that ends at a cul-de-sac.

    “Bazel Road is probably in the worst con-dition of any of the roads,” said Councilman Lonnie Wright, who made the motion to use the funds to pave the roads.

    Councilman Tim Johnson, who seconded the motion, said Clifty Street is also in need.

    “The two projects together will total somewhere in the neighborhood of $150,000,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • Kingston officials tweaking water-leak policy

    The Kingston Water Board is still wrestling with possible changes to its leak policy.

    The utility offers every customer the option of paying for leak protection insurance. The policy, issued by ServeLine, covers one leak per customer per year up to $2,500.

    Since the insurance policy has been available however, uninsured customers have requested adjustments. There have also been requests for adjustments from customers who are under-insured or who need more time to pay the bill.

  • Uncle arrested for beating men with bat

    Two Rockwood men were badly beaten with a baseball bat around midnight April 11 at 705 Elm Ave.

    Leonard Wayne Keith was severely injured and airlifted to University of Tennessee Medical Center. Brian Keith Barnes was taken to Roane Medical Center.

    The suspect accused of striking the pair is Brian Keith Barnes’ uncle, Donald Horace Barnes, 59, who lives at the home.


    Some are calling for a referendum on the Roane County Board of Education’s $68 million building plan.

    “I would hope that a decision of this magnitude would be left to the people through a referendum,” Roane County Tea Party Co-Chairman Gary Johnston said during the public comment time at last week’s Roane County Commission meeting.

    “I think the referendum is an excellent idea,” added Mike Parkison, who also addressed the Commission during the public comment portion of the meeting.

  • Four arrested in connection with stabbing

    Harriman police arrested four people believed to be tied to a March stabbing and shooting.

    Three suspects were taken into custody Thursday, with a fourth arrested Friday in connection with the stabbing of Robert Griffin.

    A fifth suspect is being sought in connection to the incident.

    Police relied on the suspects’ own security video footage and footage from a nearby Harriman Utility Board camera to detail what happened.

  • Going for the GOLD