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Today's News

  • Harriman goes MEDIEVAL

    King Arthur’s Camelot was front and center last weekend during the kick-off of the second annual Tennessee Medieval Faire in Harriman.

    The King’s marriage to Guinevere was this year’s theme, and reenacted celebrations were colorful and exciting, including jousting, fire jugglers, period dancing and music, and more than 100 costumed actors who remained in character throughout the day’s events.

  • Mother, daughter killed in wreck

    The congregation of an area church is in shock after two members were killed in an automobile crash on Interstate 40 in Knox County late last week.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Lula Howard was driving a 2015 Honda CR-V on the eastbound side around 9 a.m. Friday. Her daughter, Cynthia Lynne Tull, was a passenger in the car.

    Jerry Lynn Boddie of Seymour was behind the wheel of a 2014 Nissan van that was stopped on the right shoulder.

  • Multitude of pills, drug paraphernalia seized in traffic stop

    A weekend traffic stop netted a cache of pills, according to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report.

    John Mark Reel and Clarence Laymance are charged with manufacture, delivery, sale and possession of a controlled substance in the incident.

    According to the report, Deputy Josh Klein noticed a 2001 Pontiac Bonneville fail to maintain its lane of travel on Pine Ridge Road Saturday night.

  • Nightmare on Elm Street
  • No change on schools’ bathroom policies

    Roane County Schools is not changing its position on bathroom usage, according to Director of Schools Gary Aytes.

    Male students will still use the boys bathroom, and female students will continue using the girls bathroom.

    “It changes nothing,” Aytes said, regarding directives the U.S. Department of Justice issued last week on transgender students.

    The department said transgender students must be allowed access to facilities consistent with their gender identity, not the sex on their birth certificate.

  • Memorial Day to include dedication, display

    Harriman’s Korean War memorial will be dedicated at a special program at David Webb Riverfront Park on Memorial Day, May 30.

    American Legion Post 53 will also host a display of combat items from members’ years of service at the Legion Hall at Trenton Street and Morgan Avenue.

    “It is going to have people’s personal combat equipment,” said Joshua Gillespie, liaison officer for the American Legion.

  • State funds repair roads

    Roane County drivers will benefit from more than $800,000 in state grants for repairs and upgrades to more than 8 miles of roads this year.

    The $200,000 provided by the state for road repair in 2015-16 has been augmented by about $610,000 for a total of $810,000.

    The state started cutting back on road funding almost a decade ago.

    This year’s bump in revenue was a one time bonus that will help make up for some of the cutbacks, said Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    “We’re tickled to have the extra money,” he said.

  • Woman accused of using checks to cheat ex

    A Kingston woman is accused of using the child support checks she received from her ex-husband to defraud him.  

    Heather Michelle Melton was indicted for identity theft and computer crimes on Feb. 16. She was arrested on May 7 at the Food City in Kingston.

    According to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Bryan Melton spoke with Capt. Tim Hawn on Dec. 21 about someone using his bank account without authorization.

  • Pomp & Circumstance: Mount Pisgah Christian Academy

    Mount Pisgah Christian Academy kicked off high school graduation ceremonies in Roane County on Thursday.

    Next up: Oliver Springs High School, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    Other graduations include Roane County High School at 8 p.m. Friday.

    The last three are on Saturday: Harriman High School at 10 a.m., Midway High School at 11:30 a.m., and Rockwood High School at 7 p.m.

  • County hinges hopes on grant for two deputies

    Sheriff Jack Stockton might not get the six road deputies he’s asked for in his budget, but he could get two.

    The Roane County Commission passed a resolution last week that authorizes County Executive Ron Woody to apply for a federal grant that would cover 75 percent of the salaries and benefits of two full-time officers for three years.

    “Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated,” Stockton told the commission.