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Today's News

  • Local firefighters battle Gatlinburg blaze

    When most people from Gatlinburg were doing everything they could to evacuate the city Monday evening, two firefighters from Harriman and one from Kingston took an engine from Harriman and rushed in to help with the fires that devastated much of the city.

    “They contacted Chief (David) Bailey Monday afternoon. He wasn’t in, but he contacted me and said to coordinate and see what we could do,” Harriman Fire Department Deputy Chief Brad Daniels said.

  • ROANE SHOWS IT HAS VOLUNTEER SPIRIT

    With our neighbors in need, Roane County responded in a big way as several Roane County entities worked to gather supplies to send to emergency personnel and families affected by Monday night’s wildfires that devastated the area in and around Gatlinburg.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Daryl Cook spearheaded one of those efforts.

  • AFLAC founder, Rockwood native dies in Lebanon

    William “Bill” David Heydel was a man of great business achievements who nonetheless will probably be most remembered for his kindness towards others.

    “He never met a stranger,” said his nephew, Kingston City Councilman Tony Brown.

    Heydel passed away Tuesday at his home in Lebanon, leaving a legacy of business accomplishments that include founding the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain and building the American Family Life (AFLAC) insurance company business in Tennessee.

  • Harriman gears up for Christmas

    The weather outside wasn’t frightful Tuesday evening as the City of Harriman held a ceremony to remember former Councilwoman Mary Harback while also lighting the city’s Christmas tree that was planted in her honor more than a decade ago.

    “She would have enjoyed this,” said her son, Rodney, who also flipped the switch to turn on the tree’s lights. “She loved this city and she loved Christmas. There wasn’t a day went by that she didn’t work hard for the city.

  • Tattoo apprentice asks to drop charges on Argubright

    Harriman tattoo artist Joshua Argubright didn’t quite know what to say when asked about his day in court.

    “I don’t even know how to start this,” he said. “The alleged victim is wanting to dismiss everything on acquiring her possessions and wants me to write a letter of recommendation.”

  • CORRECTION

    In the article “20 Years of the Nutcracker” in the Wednesday, Nov. 30, edition of the Roane County News, an incorrect phone number was listed to purchase tickets for The Nutcracker. Call 771-3959 to reserve tickets for available shows which include showings on Friday, Dec. 2 and conclude Sunday, Dec. 4. The Roane County News regrets the error.

  • RSCC sets winter concert Saturday

    Roane State Community College’s Music Department invites the public to its annual winter concert on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

    The show begins at 8 p.m. and offers a traditional concert of Christmas favorites and winter-inspired arrangements.

    Performances will be by the Celebration Singers, Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Bluegrass Band, Stage Band, faculty, and several guest performers.

    Admission is free. Donations will be accepted.

  • 20 YEARS OF THE NUTCRACKER

    Even though she was a charter member of the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble and a former University of Tennessee dance instructor, Jennifer Austin says she “never had any intention” of opening her own studio.

    She offered private classes to former students, but saw an unfilled need in Roane County and began Kingston-based Arts in Motion more than 20 years ago.

    Today she not only operates the well-respected studio, but also oversees one of the largest “The Nutcracker” productions in the state.

  • Harriman seeks shooting suspects

    A Harriman man called 911 after being shot in the leg at 123 Pine Ridge Road Saturday night.

    According to a 911 detail call sheet, Adam Abston said he had been shot in his left upper thigh by someone in a car. The detail call sheet also described possible suspects as two males in a dark red Ford Focus who were heading from Ruritan Road toward Hwy. 27.

    Harriman Police Department shut down a portion of westbound Ruritan Road near Hassler Mill that evening looking for evidence.

  • Star Trek actress’ charges dismissed

    Staying out of trouble paid off for former “Star Trek: Voyager” actress Jennifer Lien.

    She appeared in Roane County General Sessions Court on Monday, and had her criminal charges dismissed.

    “I know one factor was that she had fully paid restitution to HPD (Harriman Police Department) for damage done during the first incident,” said Public Defender Kim Nelson, whose office represented Lien.

    The first incident occurred on April 14, 2015.