Today's News

  • Shooter ‘was trying to draw fire’

    The man accused of shooting at Harriman police responding to a domestic violence call earlier this year is believed to have been trying to commit suicide by cop.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said evidence, including suspect Nathan Manis’ own statements and those of witnesses, indicated this was the case in the March 8 incident.

    “Mr. Manis was coming out of the door and down the stairs when he encountered the officers,” Johnson said Thursday.

    “He had a handgun and started shooting.

  • Hamilton County arrests man with stolen goods


    Harriman resident Richard S. Cofer was arrested by Hamilton County authorities on June 21, four weeks after the Roane County Sheriff’s Office descended on his property as part of a stolen goods investigation.

    Cofer, of 232 Old Coalfield Road, is charged with theft of property over $1,000 in Hamilton County.  

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective John Mayes said the arrest is connected to the stolen goods investigation.

  • OS town manager resigns

    Oliver Springs officials are seeking a new town manager and water department office manager.

    Town Manager Becky Campbell is resigning after having been with the city in different capacities for 18 years. Water Department office manager Susan Tyler is retiring after 37 ½ years.

    Both women’s last day is June 30.

    “I’ve just got some personal things I need to take care of,” said Campbell.

  • Fossil Plant fishing hole closed


    GOOSE LINDSAY/Roane Newspapers
    Young Kaden Jago, left, and Cole Salisbury take advantage of a summer Friday afternoon to get in a bit of fishing at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant. Salisbury said he traveled from Wyoming for the relaxing afternoon, and just in time — the Fossil Plant’s fishing area at discharge closed to fishing today, Monday. The area will be closed through 3:30 p.m. July 15. Call 717-2501 for details.

  • Retiring schools director credited with patching up relationships

    Outgoing Director of Schools Gary Aytes received a standing ovation at the June 16 Roane County Board of Education meeting.

    This was the last meeting for director Aytes, who is retiring on June 30.

    “One thing about him — kids was No. 1 and education was No. 2,” Chairman Darrell “Drack” Langley said, as he choked back the tears.

    “We all appreciate everything you’ve done,” Vic King added.

    Board members credit Aytes with mending the relationship with the Roane County Commission.  

  • Trio of school principals told

    Roane County Schools didn’t have to go outside the district to fill three principal openings.

    The new hires were already in the school system.

    Harriman Middle School assistant principal Shannon Cawood was hired as the new principal at Rockwood High School.

    Midway Elementary School assistant principal Jennifer Spakes has been hired as the new principal at Dyllis Springs Elementary School.

    Midway Middle School assistant principal Angela Spurgeon was hired as the new principal at Ridge View Elementary School.

  • Kudos to Child Support Division


  • Oak Ridge man charged with child rape

    An Oak Ridge man accused of committing sex crimes was arrested last week.

    Ronald Burch Mashburn, 64, is charged with one count of attempted child rape, eight counts of aggravated sexual battery and four counts of child rape.

    The alleged crimes occurred between July 18, 2006, and July 17, 2011.  

    Knoxville attorney Jim Scott said he’ll probably be representing Mashburn in the case.

    He said the allegations against Mashburn are highly disputed.

  • Nail gun used to inflict injury

    Harriman police reported finding a man had barricaded himself in a downtown business and shot himself multiple times with a nail gun.

    The man, whose name was not released by press time, was taken into protective custody Thursday afternoon.

    Police reported they were asked to do a welfare check at Mobile Works at 114 N. Roane St. at 2:45 p.m. A store employee was seen slumped over his desk and unresponsive.

    Officers forced entry into the business and the subject allegedly grabbed a pneumatic nail gun and placed it to his head.


    Kingston will make quite the splash starting next Friday when it kicks off its Smokin’ the Water four-day extravaganza.

    Long a regional center for July Fourth activities, Kingston promises more of the same this year, with boat races by the American Power Boat Association, live entertainment, the July Fourth parade, a sand volleyball tournament, a car show, and a handmade raft contest, all of which culminates with fireworks after sunset July 4.