Today's News

  • Environmentalists worry about coal ash contaminants

    Coal ash ponds at TVA’s Kingston and Bull Run Fossil Plants are leaking contaminants into the groundwater and pose a risk to the community, according to a recent presentation by the Southern Environmental Law Center.

    Coal ash contains arsenic, mercury, lead, selenium and other toxic pollutants, according to Amanda Garcia, an energy attorney with the Center who spoke before an audience of about two dozen at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville last week.

  • Harriman man accused of leading police on pursuit

    Justin Barton, a 30-year-old Harriman man, is accused of fleeing from Harriman police earlier this month.

    According to the warrant, he was a suspect in a domestic incident that occurred at a residence on Bennett Circle on Jan. 10.

    His wife, Victoria Barton, reportedly told police that they got into an argument over his alleged cheating.

    “During the argument, she went to leave in her car at which time she was backing out of the driveway when her husband threw a large rock and busted out the back window of her car,” the warrant said.

  • More woes for vehicular homicide suspect

    The woman charged with killing a Harriman father in a Valentine’s Day car crash is in more trouble. A warrant was taken out on Robin Waynette Ledbetter in November for violating probation. Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kyle Canup arrested her on that charge earlier this month.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Ledbetter was driving a Chevy TrailBlazer that crossed the center line and struck a Toyota Tacoma on Feb. 14, 2015. The driver of the Tacoma, Harriman father Terrance Clark, was killed.

  • Harriman buying eight police SUVs

    Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico was successful pleading his case for eight Ford Interceptor SUVs Tuesday.

    Pacifico described an aging fleet that has led to high repair costs and vehicles in unsafe conditions.

    Police officials said one employee’s vehicle fills with smoke, while another vehicle has to be put in neutral at stop signs so it will not die.

    “Eight puts to rest all the vehicles I’m currently frightened of,” said Pacifico.

  • Cyclist in Training

    Roane County Sheriff’s Detective Art Wolff has a special bond with his dog, Katana.

    That bond pays off when it comes to helping law enforcement find a suspect on the lam or when looking for a missing person or human remains.

    “You develop that bond,” he explained. “In some ways, it becomes a closer bond than between many human beings.

    “When that dog will go through fire for you without hesitation, after they have done that the first time and you see that it just makes that bond even closer,” Wolff said.

  • Weed woes may hurt tax base

    One of the biggest issues related to the eradication of invasive weeds on the rivers and lakes of Roane County is the question of who should pay for it.

    Over the several years that the weeds have become a problem, private property owners have been contracting with companies that specialize in treating weeds. These efforts, which come at a cost of several hundred to almost a thousand dollars per acre, have had limited success.

  • Pickup falls on Rockwood resident

    From staff reports

    A Rockwood man was injured Saturday when the pickup truck he was working on fell on him.

    Timothy Kindrick, 57, was working underneath the truck when it fell at the 145 Garfield St. residence in Rockwood.

    Detail call sheets from Roane County E-911 indicate that Kindrick was moved from underneath the truck before emergency responders arrived and was blue, gasping for air.

    He had been on his side underneath the vehicle, described as a large four-door, full-sized four-wheel-drive Ford pickup truck.