Today's News

  • Mullins paid campaign, but not taxes

    Republican road superintendent candidate Brian Mullins has given his campaign $7,000 since February, according to financial disclosure records.
    At the same time, thousands of dollars he owes Roane County in taxes have continued to go unpaid.
    Mullins didn’t return phone calls on Friday, but he was forthcoming about his unpaid taxes when interviewed earlier this month.  
    “It’s all the truth,” he said. “There’s no denying it. I do owe some taxes, and I’ve got a plan working to get it done.”

  • Shooting leaves 1 hurt, 1 charged

    Harriman police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a woman accused of shooting a 28-year-old man in the chest last week.

    Chris Watters was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville via Lifestar late Tuesday afternoon.

    Less than 24 hours later, he was out of the hospital and sharing his story with Harriman Police Detective Jason Joseph.

    “Another quarter inch I would have bled out in less than 30 seconds,” Watters said before going to speak with investigators Wednesday.

  • HARRIMAN CITY COUNCIL RACE: Recreation, revitalization key issues

    Signs and campaign stumping might be rare in a city election involving one council seat that is only a partial term.

    It’s the case, however, in Harriman, where four candidates have covered the city in signs and canvassed neighborhoods asking for votes.

  • Student break-in case continuing

    The criminal case pending against Courtney Marie Thomas in Monroe County General Sessions Court was continued last week.

    Thomas, 18, is charged with aggravated burglary.

    She allegedly broke into the Sweetwater home of former Harriman High School boys basketball coach Jeff King.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said his office is investigating whether King had an inappropriate relationship with Thomas, who attended Harriman.

  • VA clinic committed to Roane

    Officials said talk about the VA Outpatient Clinic in Rockwood leaving town is unfounded.

    “By no means is that a correct statement,” said Chris Alexander, a public affairs officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.

    “The clinic is there, and we’re committed to keeping it open and working with the contractors who have that same commitment that we do,” he added.

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts is under that same impression.

  • Marker to honor memory of Wayne 'Cotton' Morgan

    A memorial marker will be placed outside the Morgan County Correctional Complex in honor of Wayne “Cotton” Morgan.

    The dedication ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the complex, 541 Wayne Cotton Morgan Drive, Wartburg.

    Morgan was a 28-year-employee of the Tennessee Department of Correction when he was shot and killed outside the Roane County Courthouse by Jennifer Hyatte during a brazen escape on Aug. 9, 2005.

    Morgan and partner Larry “Porky” Harris were escorting her hus-

  • Save money on school items during Sales Tax Holiday

    The Tennessee Department of Revenue reminds Tennesseans that the seventh annual Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled for Aug. 3-5.

    During these three days, Tennessee shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on tax-free clothing, school and art supplies and computer purchases.

    “The annual Sales Tax Holiday was designed with Tennessee families in mind, providing savings for families, especially as students start the new school year,” Gov. Bill Haslam said.

  • Harriman Happenings: Aug. 6

    Sunday, July 29, 25 youth from Cedine Camp in Spring City took part in the morning worship at St. Mary's Baptist Church.

    Every fifth Sunday is Mission Day. Two ladies, Gloria Ward and Sharon McElhane from Cedine, along with Carolyn Clemmons, had a great devotion.

    Cedine Youth provided the music, they sang a cappella, and we were blessed by their songs.

    Carolyn Griffin did the Children's Hour. Angie Childress gave the missionary message. She spoke on “Being a True Friend.”

  • Give these therapists a hand

    RMC Patricia Neal Outpatient Centers in Roane County are proud to offer advanced rehabilitation and therapy services to patients suffering vestibular disorders, neck or spine injuries and acute hand pain.

    Certified therapists at RMC Patricia Neal offer advanced clinical practice in vestibular therapy, McKenzie spine therapy and hand therapy.

  • Roane, state jobless rates up in June

    Roane County’s unemployment rate was up just shy of a point in June, according to statistics released late last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures indicate the county’s rate for the month was 8.2 percent, an increase of 0.8 over May’s 7.4 percent.

    That means 26,090 workers in the county’s 28,430 labor force were employed during June.

    Though on the rise, the county rate in June 2011 was lower, at 8.8 percent, state statistics show.