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Today's News

  • New chief no stranger to Harriman

    A retired San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office sergeant has been offered the job of Harriman Police Chief.

    Derek Pacifico retired from the California agency after 22 years of service. He now lives in Knoxville with his wife and two college-aged children.

    “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to serve the people of Harriman and Roane County,” Pacifico said Monday.

  • Clown costume trouble for man

    Clowning around didn’t end well for a Morgan County man last week.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, 28-year-old Jonathan Edward Hanson was dressed in a clown costume when deputies made contact with him on Emory Heights Road.

    They checked his identification and discovered he had a bench warrant out of Morgan County. Hanson was arrested and taken to the Roane County Jail.

  • Gone, but not FORGOTTEN

    Last week’s Candlelight Service at the Roane County Jail was sobering in more ways than one.

    It was both a celebration for those in recovery from substance abuse, as well as a commemoration for others who lost the battle, and was appropriately held in September, which is national recovery month.

    More than a dozen jail ministry volunteers met in the inmate yard area of the Jail on Friday evening, and participated in a series of somber yet encouraging ceremonies that included almost every inmate housed at the center.

  • New United Way office now open

    Roane County United Way celebrated its new building with an open house full of dozens of well wishers from around Roane County.

    The Devonia Street location was formerly an oncology practice that has since moved to Roane Medical Center’s Midtown location.

    Roane County United Way Executive Director Dina Jackson said it was late one afternoon when she got a call that doc-

    tors John Foust and Michael Thompson were looking to donate the building.

  • Argh! Read like a pirate at Harriman Public Library

    Read yer books, you scalawags.

    That was the message Harriman Children’s Librarian Connie Massengill had for kids last week during the library’s “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” with programs for its preschool and homeschool programs.

    “We have learned about famous women pirates,” Massengill said. “We learned about Anne Bonny and Mary Read from the 1700s.”

    Part of last week’s festivities included a Dress Like a Pirate contest.

  • Tiger Town title reunion

    Members of the 1976 state championship Rockwood Tigers team gather on Civitan Field Friday night on the 40th anniversary year of their title win.

    On the field for the celebration are, from left, Allen Marine, Maurice Greif, Jeff Russell, Danny Bledsoe, Tim Layton, Tracy Bledsoe, Darrell Warner, Travis Collier, Lee Arnold Wilkerson, Gary Hickey, Mike Pemberton, Clayton Neal, Scott Pugh, Anthony Chatman, Terry Jordan, Leroy Chatman, Mike Foster, Mark Clem, Jeff Cobb, Mike Miller, Randy Crabtree, Allen Mingis, Eric Cates and Gary Fulmer.

  • Harriman picks new police chief

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms on Monday offered the position of Harriman Police Chief to Derek Pacifico.

    Pacifico is a Knoxville candidate who is retired from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department after 22 years of service.

    Pacifico will be in attendance at the end of Harriman City Council's workshop Tuesday, Sept. 27. The workshop, at the Harriman Police Department, begins at 3 p.m.

    See more details in Wednesday's issue of Roane County News.

  • Smoot files handwritten motion for retrial

    Shawn Smoot has been in prison for less than two months — and he is already seeking a new trial.

    In a handwritten motion filed earlier this month, Smoot asked Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks to set aside his first-degree murder conviction.

    A Roane County jury found him guilty of the charge last month and sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

    According to the Tennessee Department of Correction, Smoot is currently incarcerated at the Turney Cener Industrial Complex in Only.

  • Old Harriman hospital bldg. ‘all about potential’

    Harriman City Council joined other city officials and residents on last week’s tour of the empty Roane Medical Center.

    The facility, formerly Harriman Hospital, was left vacant in February 2013, when Covenant Health moved operations to Midtown’s new facility.

    Demolishing portions of the building is among the possibilities city leaders would like to see considered.

    Mayor Wayne Best asked Council members to keep an open mind during the tour.

    “It is all about potential,” added Councilman Chris Ahler.

  • Harriman resets judge, CFO interviews

    Harriman officials will interview candidates for city judge and chief finance officer in a workshop session at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Harriman Police Department.

    “Both candidates who applied for Judge are being interviewed,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

    Those are sitting judge Charles Crass and James Patrick Henry, who practices law in Kingston.

    “The two candidates who

    already have the state required Certified Municipal Finance Officer designation are being interviewed,” Helms added.