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Today's News

  • Harriman wins sportsmanship award
  • Harriman Happenings: July 21

    Last Sunday, July 13, members of St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church celebrated the 35 years of ministry of our pastor, the Rev. Jesse L. Williams Sr.

    Pastor Williams and his wife, Sister Elfredia Wiliams, are special people.

    Pastor Williams is not only our pastor, he is a great friend, teacher and counselor.

    The morning message was given by the Rev. Gerald Marshall from Dayton, Ohio, pastor of New Commandment Missionary Baptist Church. Music was by the Celebration Choir.

    Afterward, a delicious dinner was served.

  • Balloting begins in big Roane election

    Friday was the first day of early voting for the 2014 Roane County General Election, and turnout was reportedly good throughout the county.

    Voters are choosing from a big ballot that includes most county offices, the 9th Judicial District and primaries for U.S. and state House and U.S. Senate.

    Early voting sites in Roane County are community centers in Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood, and Oak Ridge First Christian Church.

    Voting hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday through Aug. 2.

  • OS mayor irked he was unaware of TDEC fine

    Oliver Springs Mayor Chris Hepler doesn’t like the state’s protocol for enforcement notifications.

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation recently fined his town $175,200.

    “I was fully aware that an order was coming, but completely unaware that it had been released,” Hepler said.

    He didn’t find out until he was contacted by the Roane County News on the evening of July 7.

  • Wamp defends claims from in absentia Fleischmann

    Weston Wamp was asked what is his line-in-the-sand issue on immigration reform during his appearance at Thursday’s Roane County Tea Party meeting.

    The question was rather timely; his opponent in the Republican Primary, Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, is now running a TV ad accusing Wamp of supporting “amnesty for illegal immigrants.”

  • Fatal hit-and-run suspect due in court next month

    A Harriman woman accused of a fatal hit-and-run will have her preliminary hearing Monday, Aug. 25.

    Raychell Christine Huckelby, 47, 222 Roberts St., was arrested for DUI the night that 59-year-old pedestrian Daniel Hester was struck and killed on Pansy Hill Road.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said Officer Joe Sherrill had been parked off Pansy Hill Road on May 8 when he witnessed Huckelby’s truck stop, back up and then pull away.

    Heidle said the officer followed behind Huckelby because a light was out on her vehicle.

  • Harriman officials condemn Ruritan apartments

    A Harriman apartment building was condemned last month after city officials deemed the structure unsafe.

    That means the apartment building at 230 Ruritan Road can no longer be inhabited.

    Harriman Building Inspector Maria Nelson addressed a June 23 letter to the owner, Haskell Hill, after she and Dr. Julian Ahler, Harriman’s health officer, inspected the property and found it unsafe and dilapidated.

    “I and Dr. Ahler made a visit to the premise and found it an immediate threat to the tenants,” Nelson wrote.

  • Pair pleads to multi-county heists

    Mark Andrew Randolph and Rufena Jean Bunch pulled into a Sonic drive-in on Kingston Pike in Knoxville on Sept. 25, 2013.

    The two Roane County residents had other things in mind besides ordering food.

    “Over the intercom, defendant Randolph asked the waitress to bring change for a $100 bill,” federal court records state, “and when the waitress approached defendant Randolph’s vehicle, defendant Randolph pointed a firearm at her and demanded all of her money.”

  • Dunn Center honored for paper recycling

    The American Forest & Paper Association recently presented Michael Dunn Center, based in Kingston, with its 2014 Business Recycling Awards for Creativity, Participation and Partnerships.

    The awards recognize outstanding paper recycling programs.

    Michael Dunn Center empowers the people who work in its recycling program and, in turn, the center has made others in the community aware of the importance of recycling.

  • ORNL kicks off United Way drive

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s annual ORNL United Way campaign is now underway.

    Roane County United Way Executive Director Dina Jackson attended this year’s campaign kick-off event.

    Key speakers included radio personality Hallerin Hilton Hill and Donnie Tyndall, head basketball coach for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

    Ron Crone, associate ORNL cirector for Neutron Sciences, is leading this year’s campaign with co-chairman Phil Britt, who directs the Chemistry Division.