Today's News

  • Powers pleads guilty in deputy shooting case

    Christopher Powers has pleaded guilty to a Feb. 9 assault on Sheriff's Deputy John Mayes.

    Criminal Court Judge Eugene Eblen sentenced Powers to 13 years in prison on Friday morning.

    His sentence is a culmination of charges related to this incident and two other cases.

    Powers was shot several times by Mayes as he aimed his car toward Mayes in a chase that ended on Airport Road. Mayes was cleared of any wrongdoing in the case.

    Read Monday's issue of the Roane County News or visit RoaneCounty.com for more on this development.

  • Downtown fire cleanup back on

    Harriman residents can soon breathe a sigh of relief.

    Roane County is ready to proceed with demolition of what is left of the Miller & Brewer department store building after the estate of a former owner released the personal property this week.

    “He (an attorney for the estate) has signed over that the estate is not interested in any of the personal property,” said County Executive Ron Woody.

    The bid has been awarded, and the contractor is working on bonds for the project.

  • More charges for Swan Pond vandal suspect

    The man accused of vandalizing the Swan Pond Baptist Church cemetery picked up more charges last weekend.

    Kevin Delaney Limburg was arrested for DUI on July 18. When he got to the Roane County Jail, the intake officer reported finding a marijuana pipe and grinder in his bag, which led to a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Limburg, 42, is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 21.

  • Youngsters explore HFD truck
  • Fly-fishing workshop
  • Tractor fire an accident

    A Roane County Road Department employee who served time for burning down a church was behind the wheel of a county tractor that caught on fire on July 1.

    Don’t read anything into that, officials said.

    According to E-911 dispatch records, the incident involving employee Glenn Eugene Armes happened that day shortly after noon on McKinney Road.

    The Midtown Volunteer Fire Department responded. Chief Randy Scarborough Sr. said foul play was not suspected.

  • Shelter deal with Anderson County gets growls

    Roane County’s hospitality is wearing thin for some of its neighboring four-legged guests.

    Officials believe what started as a helping hand in Anderson County’s animal-control problems has become a handout.

    And they worry that it affects Roane County Animal Shelter’s capacity to hold dogs and cats at its taxpayer-funded facility.

    “They need to raise taxes and build them a facility,” said Roane County Commissioner Mike Hooks. “We have an obligation to provide a service inside the county.”

  • Officials attend Manhattan Project park meeting

    Two Roane County officials traveled to the Southwest last week on business related to the new Manhattan Project national park.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody and Roane Alliance tourism official Pam May attended a conference in Los Alamos, N.M.

    The event was dubbed the Energy Communities Alliance Peer Exchange on the Implementation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

    Oak Ridge, Los Alamos and Hanford, Wash., will be part of the three-site national cultural park to be built around the making of the atomic bomb.

  • Houston farm back in family after transfer

    Leon Houston may have a place to go when he gets out of prison.

    His father’s South of the River farm is now owned by his sisters — Lisa Burris and Debbie Cofer.

    Clyde Houston died on March 14, 2012. Cleveland attorney James F. Logan Jr. was appointed administrator of his estate in 2013.

    Logan transferred ownership of the 150-acre farm to Burris and Cofer in February of this year.

  • Trail’s end for Harmon

    Wildflowers on the grassy balds of Roan Mountain on the Tennessee and North Carolina state line.

    The rock-rugged and isolated terrain of New Hampshire’s White Mountain.

    Those are among the breathtaking sights Melanie Harmon, the sales executive for work programs for the Michael Dunn Center, has seen in her travels of more than 2,000 miles on foot.

    She and friends Debra Barton and Cindy Spangler recently tackled the last portion of their section hiking of the 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail.