Today's News

  • Harriman may relax cold medicine laws

    Harriman officials are considering rolling back a 2013 ordinance that prohibited the purchase of pseudoephedrine without a prescription in the city limits.

    Mayor Chris Mason, a longtime proponent of the law that was an attempt to curb methamphetamine labs, now is interested in seeing the city look at dropping it.

    “There has been a drop in what we call home meth labs that use pseudo products,” he said.

  • Reporter's Notebook: Could Leon Houston be home for Christmas?

    The maximum sentence Leon Houston faces for sending a threat via interstate commerce is five years.

    A federal jury found him guilty of the charge last week.

    Houston has already served nearly three years, so U.S. District Court Judge Pamela Reeves could chose to let him out with time served at his sentencing hearing scheduled for Dec. 21.

    If he does get out of jail, there will be some things he won’t be able to do because of the conviction, most notably possessing a firearm.

    Convicted felons are not allowed to do that.

  • OS official wants litterbugs to pay

    Oliver Springs Alderman Omer Cox would like to clean up the town, but he is tired of being the one to do it.

    He told the Board of Mayor and Alderman Thursday during the group’s regular monthly meeting that he had periodically been picking up trash at various locations, and he would like to see the police chief look into purchasing surveillance cameras to catch perpetrators leaving their garbage.

    “I can pick up litter by the truck load,” he said. “If they are going to litter, we should make them pay for it.”

  • False imprisonment, assault charges dropped

    Charges of aggravated assault and false imprisonment have been dismissed against Kelly Vance.

    The 37-year-old Rockwood man was arrested on those charges on May 30.

    According to the court records, the charges were dismissed on Nov. 9 on a motion by the state.

    The alleged victim in the case was Vance’s girlfriend, Kelsey Erickson. Court records said she did not want to prosecute.

    Vance, according to court records, has to pay a $150 attorney appointment fee by Dec. 7. He could face contempt proceedings for not doing so.

  • No place like Roane for the holidays—Fran’s brings favorite time of year, only once a year

    Fran Caruthers enjoys the holiday season.

    She enjoys it so much that, for the past 17 years, she has opened her own business, Fran’s Tennessee Christmas, in the weeks and months leading to Christmas Day.

    “I just love Christmas,” she said. “This is the most relaxing thing you can do. I get to do what I want.

    “I had a chiropractic clinic that I ran, but it closed down. I got bored, and my kids talked me into opening a Christmas store and it’s gone from there.”

  • Peck Sisters open Christmas concert series on Nov. 29

    The community is welcome to attend a special Christmas concert at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 in  Kingston United Methodist Church sanctuary.  

    The Peck Sisters will kick off the first in a series of Christmas concerts.

    The concert will feature Christmas, Advent, and Southern gospel selections along with some congregational hymn singing.  

  • Oliver Springs hit by late tax fallout

    Oliver Springs had a Wednesday morning visitor who sets the nerves of many government officials on edge.

    A representative of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury was at Town Hall to look into what appears to be the borrowing of state street aid funds to pay the town’s bills.

    It was a decision officials said was made while property tax revenues are low — and with the intention of paying it back.

    “We had borrowed money. We have not misappropriated anything,” said Ramona Walker, Oliver Springs finance director.

  • Cities deal with property tax holdup

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    Roane County Commission recently approved a resolution to borrow $1 million between county funds — and it appears Rockwood City Council will be following suit.

    On Monday, the Council will discuss a resolution to use $136,000 in the capital projects fund to pay the city’s bills.

    Both actions can be traced back to low property tax revenues caused by delayed tax notices.



    GOOSE LINDSAY/Roane Newspapers
    What’s a little thing like a downpour when the state title is three wins away? It’s not even an inconvenience to Harriman’s Blue Devils. Head coach Travis Tapp talks with Blue Devil quarterback Joe Pace at a rainy practice on Wednesday. The Blue Devils play at Greenback in Loudon County at 7 p.m. today, Friday, in the TSSAA Class 1A quarterfinals. See more about Friday’s game in sports on page 11A.

  • STILL CLOSED: Landmark into 2nd year of repair work

    Harriman’s historic Temperance Building remains closed to the public despite a number of projects to stabilize it.

    “We did some structural repairs on the building, but there are more that need to be made,” said Harriman Manager Kevin Helms.

    The building was flooded at one point, and some areas still do not have carpet or tile.

    The heat and air unit is not operable, and the plumbing lines were drained so they would not freeze, Helms said.

    The last grant wrapped up some structural projects in the basement of the building.