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Today's News

  • Autistic boy proudly gets last word

    A Midtown youth with speech problems proved how far determination and care can carry a person.

    Hunter King, who was diagnosed with autism as a tot, won a first-place ribbon in the 4-H communication category for fourth grade.

    He had help from his aide, Sally Davis.

    “He really began talking about a year ago. Up until that he used sign language. He began using sign language at the age of 3,” said his mother, Jennifer King.

  • Police: Woman rams cruiser

    It apparently wasn’t the best escape maneuver.

    Police say a woman they struggled to stop placed her car in reverse, ramming a police car in a failed attempt to get away.

    Jennifer Ann Lien of Harriman is accused of striking a police vehicle during a pursuit last week. Lien is charged with evading arrest, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment and aggravated assault in the incident. She was still in custody at the Roane County Jail Thursday morning.

  • Ambulance department may force tax increase

    Financial problems with the ambulance service in Roane County could result in a property tax rate increase this year.

    “They are losing money because we transport anyone in the county who calls,” county budget director Kaley Walker said. “We don’t say no because somebody can’t afford it or doesn’t have money.”

    The county budget committee has recommended a 3-cent increase in the property tax rate to help the service.

  • Hixson charged with April 10 burglary, rape

    A woman told police a man forced his way into her home and sexually assaulted her earlier this month.

    Scott D. Hixson, 35, is charged with rape and aggravated burglary in the April 10 incident.

    The alleged victim told police that after forcing his way into her home, Hixson sexually assaulted her in the laundry room. The warrant said she called 911 after he left.

    Hixson was arrested on April 14. He bonded out of jail, but found himself back behind bars on April 17 on a public intoxication charge.

  • No Blue Bell served in Roane Schools

    Roane County Schools wasn’t impacted by the recalls of Blue Bell Ice Cream. Director of Schools Gary Aytes reports that the system serves Mayfield Ice Cream products.

    “We’ve never served Blue Bell,” Aytes said Thursday.

  • Jesus & Jeeps

    Jeeps 4 Jesus brought its outreach ministry to Harriman last week, holding a preventative car maintenance event at Walnut Hill Baptist Church.

    “If it’s free and it can benefit Harriman or Roane County, we’re all about it,” Walnut Hill Pastor Rick McAbee said.

    Jeeps 4 Jesus is a non-profit organization out of Knoxville whose mission is helping others in need.

  • Game goes to United Way

    Local celebrities showed their basketball skills at this year’s Roane County United Way fundraising basketball game.

    “We raised $2,600 but also raised awareness about the Roane County United Way’s mission to mobilize the caring power of the community in support of agencies in the county who provide services to those that need help,” said Dina Jackson, director of the Roane County United Way.

  • Oliver Springs remembers a grand hotel
  • ASSAULT BY PAPER?

    Paper touching toes equals attack?

    Not in District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s book. Or Judge Jeff Wicks’.

    A Harriman man swore out a warrant against Rockwood lawyer Mark Foster accusing him of assaulting him on March 25.

    “Mark Foster threw a package of paper at me in the hallway of the courthouse,” Bobby D. Murray of Woods Chapel Road claimed in the warrant.

  • Eastbound lanes of I-40 at Kingston, Gallaher down to one lane starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday

    Motorists traveling in Roane County should be aware of lane closures anticipated to take place this week.

    Tennessee Department of Transportation will close one eastbound lane on Interstate 40 at the Exit 352 overpass (Kingston) and the Exit 356 overpass (Gallaher Road) for bridge work.

    Lanes will remain closed until work is completed.

    Motorists should expect potential delays and use extreme caution while traveling through this area.