Today's News


    Fred McCorkle had a simple goal while growing up in Harriman.

    He wanted to drive a coal truck.

    “I never figured I’d make it through to graduate,” McCorkle confessed on Sunday.

    “I used to watch the coal trucks head to Oliver Springs and I thought if I could be good enough to drive one of them, then I’d be happy.”

    Instead, he became one of the most decorated naval aviators in history en route to becoming a three-star lieutenant general in the United States Marine Corps.

  • Child found wandering on road

    A 32-year-old woman was arrested last week after a child in her care was found wandering down the road.

    Angela Erin Delozier is charged with child abuse and neglect, child age 6 or less, in the Oct. 2 incident.

    According to the warrant, Kristy and Robert Paxton were leaving their house when they saw the child walking down the road.

    “The child was visibly upset and was barefoot,” the warrant said. “Ms. Paxton stated that they put the child in their car and called 911.”

  • Rockwood OKs railroad crossings closure at shelter

    A pair of railroad crossings will be closed in the coming months in Rockwood.

    Rockwood City Council agreed last week to close crossings on McNew Road, a small country lane that’s home to the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    Animal Shelter Director John Griffin worried about notice and signage to notify people about the crossings closing and pending work on a bridge near the shelter.

  • Fire destroys Harriman home

    A Harriman home was destroyed by fire Thursday night.

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said the home at 320 Ayers Drive was likely a total loss.

    “It happened at about 8:20 last night,” said Goss, who added “the cause is undetermined at this time.”

    “There was nobody home. Nobody got hurt,” said Goss.

    Goss said it was his understanding the family was at a ballgame watching their child play.

  • Rockwood homeowners anxious to apply for grants

    Rockwood hasn’t even had the public hearing yet, and already people are knocking on the doors seeking out the opportunity to apply for a piece of the $250,000 HOME program funding to bring their homes up to standard.

    “We have had several people to leave their names and numbers, and have received one application from a party that went to the Roane County meeting and then realized they had to come through Rockwood,” said City Administrator Becky Ruppe.

  • Mom, daughter to be jailed for a little longer

    A feud between a daughter and her mother resulted in separate guilty pleas in Roane County General Sessions Court last week.

    Tracie Lemons was charged with arson and two counts of reckless endangerment on Sept. 18.

    She reportedly told Kingston police she set a couch on fire inside an apartment to get back at her daughter.


    Rockwood Electric Utility will mark Public Power Week and kick off work on its future home with a ribbon-cutting and ground-breaking ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 9.

    The utility will eventually move down the street from its current location into a block that once housed Bilbrey Furniture, a radio station and Booth Funeral Home, among other businesses.

    “If everything goes well I’m going to say within the next 30 days you’ll start seeing activity,” said manager Kendall Bear.

  • Court asked to open roadway

    Dr. Julian Ahler is accusing blogger Steve Scarborough of denying him access to his property on Williams Mountain Road.

    Ahler filed a lawsuit against Scarborough and his wife, Anne, last month in Roane County Circuit Court.

    “Defendants own real property in Roane and Rhea counties known as White’s Creek Gorge consisting of approximately 360 acres,” the lawsuit states.

    “A portion of this property includes or is adjacent to Old Stage Road, which runs adjacent to White’s Creek.”

  • More kudos for Foster’s Capt. Nemo

    A Harriman steampunk enthusiast continues to receive accolades for his elaborate costumes and props.

    RJ Foster recently did well at the Georgia Aquarium Party for Dragon Con for his elaborate Capt. Nemo diving suit.

    “We came through the whole thing and ended up with a second place,” said Foster.

    “I had a little home field advantage, having a diver at the aquarium,” he joked.