Today's News

  • Board holds up Cox as example of student success

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes thanked Dr. Hannah Cox at last month’s Roane County Board of Education meeting.

    The gratitude wasn’t because she helped him overcome an illness, but for being an example of what area graduates can accomplish.

    “Thank you for coming back and showing us what can be done,” Aytes said. “We appreciate that.”

  • Travelers leave boy behind

    An Arkansas child was accidently left at Harriman Weigel’s on Tuesday evening.

    Witnesses saw the child in the parking lot “looking frantic and crying,” according to Harriman police reports.

    The 10-year-old told the witnesses his parents’ phone number, and a store clerk contacted them. Timothy and Lisa Gieck returned to the store.

    According to reports, they stated they were on their way back to Arkansas and had stopped at Weigel’s for gasoline and their son had gone into the store to use the restroom.

  • OS mayor wants workers appraised

    Cecil Crowe has some changes in mind for Oliver Springs.

    The new mayor told the Board of Aldermen last month that he wants to reimplement employee appraisals and address ongoing issues in the water and sewer departments in the weeks and months ahead.

    Crowe said he would oversee the appraisal process, which will involve town employees, supervisors, the city manager and the police chief.

    “I just want us to make sure we have plenty of reviews and handle the workload equitably,” he said.

  • Sister squabble turns violent; 1 hurt, 1 jailed

    Police responded to a call about a stabbing at 3349 Harriman Hwy. on Monday.

    According to the report, sisters Brittany Murray and Buffy Murray got into an argument, and Brittany Murray allegedly stabbed Buffy Murray in the back with a knife.

    “When the victim’s shirt was removed to better treat her wound, Deputy Michael Murphy found an approximately 1-inch laceration on her back which was bleeding profusely,” the report said.

  • Rocky Top store burglary suspect jailed

    A suspect was arrested late last week in connection with the Rocky Top General Store burglaries which happened over the Memorial Day weekend.

    Jamie Poland, 37, was arrested Friday on two counts of burglary, three counts of theft and vandalism, Harriman police reported.

    Poland is accused of breaking into the South Harriman store and taking Case knife dealer displays valued at $1,600.

    “We got some of the knives back,” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

  • Man hurt in area’s third motorcycle crash in three weeks

    A Kingston man was injured in a motorcycle accident on Monday. It happened around 6:20 p.m. on Gallaher Road in front of Weigel’s.

    Kingston Police Sgt. Roy Montgomery said Trampas Heaton was headed north on a Yamaha motorcycle. Around the same time, Jason Williams was attempting to turn into Weigel’s in a Dodge pickup truck. He was pulling a jet ski on a trailer.

    “His trailer didn’t quite make it and Mr. Heaton hit the trailer,” Montgomery said.

  • Rockwood man injured in Hwy. 58 wreck

    From staff reports

    A Rockwood man was injured in a single-vehicle wreck on Hwy. 58 last Wednesday afternoon.

    Scott Dickey, 54, was traveling southbound on Hwy. 58 when he ran off the right side of the roadway, Tennessee Highway Patrol reports said.

    The vehicle struck a tree, rotated 90 degrees clockwise, overturned and rolled down the roadway.

    It came to rest on its top on the roadway.

    The cause of the crash is still under investigation, THP reports said.

  • Dinner, auction to raise funds for OS Historical Society

    “Preserving the Past,” a special fundraiser for Oliver Springs Historical Society, will be from 4 to 7 p.m. June 25 in Premier Sharp Funeral Home at 209 Roane St.

    Food, music, cornhole, a silent auction and an exclusive display of Oliver Springs artifacts are among the attractions.

    All proceeds raised will go toward restoration of the Abston/Daugherty Museum’s community theater.

    RSVP for the event by calling 435-7261.

  • Wannabe candidate wants to halt race

    Two months have passed and John C. Augustine is still angry with the Tennessee Highway Officials Certification Board.

    Augustine wanted to run for Roane County road superintendent this year, but his attempt to get certified by the board was unsuccessful.

    “I’m upset,” he said.

    The highway board, which meets in Nashville, rejected Augustine’s certification on March 31.