Today's News

  • Roane, Morgan Health Department District earns Tennessee excellence

    Roane and Morgan County Health Department District has earned Interest Level Recognition in the annual Excellence in Tennessee recognition program administered by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.

    TNCPE is Tennessee’s only statewide quality program and is patterned on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the national standard for recognizing performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.

    Roane and Morgan County Health Department District accepted the award at the 22nd

  • Harriman Happenings: March 16

    Due to illness, Pastor Jesse and sister Elfredia Williams were absent from church last Sunday.

    Pastor Willie Gallaher and Minister Allen Hickman were on their post.

    Minister Hickman delivered the message.

    His Bible text came from 1 Samuel 7:1-12.

    Sermon subject was God the Everlasting Rock.

    This was a great message. The celebration choir provided the music.

    Jeff Harris and his daughters from Nashville were recent guests of his mother, Julia Harris, and sister, Alicia.

  • Rockwood Civitan serves those who served

    Rockwood Civitan honored city crews Thursday for their work during the snow and ice storms last month.

    Civitan members served them a warm lunch at Junior’s Restaurant — along with countless words of thanks and recognition.

    “We started to talk about the crews and the work they do, because it is a pretty thankless job,” said Civitan member Linda Coffey.

    “They were doing such a great job to make sure everyone was warm and safe.”

  • Kingston woman missing

    A Kingston woman was reported missing by her mother on March 7.

    Cara Treadway was in the Charleston, S.C., area visiting her boyfriend, Blake Drayton Barber, at 1880 Cherokee Rose Circle in the Dunes West subdivision, according to a release from the Mount Pleasant, S.C., Police Department.

    Her mother told police she last received an email from Treadway on Feb. 27.

    The email said Treadway felt lost and alone.

    Her mother said several of Treadway’s friends received the same message.

  • Citations over arrests reduces jail population

    The District Attorney General’s Office has been helping keep down the population at the Roane County Jail by issuing

    a directive to police officers that they can issue citations instead of making arrests for certain offenses.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson mentioned the directive at this month’s Roane County Sheriff’s Liaison Committee meeting.

    He said the offenses that could draw a citation instead of an arrest include driving on a suspended or revoked license, simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Undisclosed settlement made in bullying suit

    The Roane County Board of Education settled a federal lawsuit last year with a woman who claimed her son was bullied while attending Walnut Hill Elementary School in Harriman.

    Melissa L. Hunka filed the lawsuit in November 2011.

    Roane County government, all 10 members of the school board at that time, then director of schools Toni McGriff and former Walnut Hill principal Kevin Ayers were named as defendants.

  • Kingston man pleads on credit union heist

    Kingston resident Bryan Scott Samples pleaded guilty in federal court earlier this month to robbing the Y-12 Federal Credit Union on Clinton Hwy. in Knoxville on Jan. 23.

    He was remanded back to the custody of the U.S. Marshals pending sentencing, which is scheduled for July 8 before U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves.

    Samples was originally scheduled to plead guilty on Feb. 18, but the hearing was postponed due to inclement weather.

    Samples walked into the Y-12 shortly before 5 p.m. on Jan. 23 and handed the teller a bank robbery demand note.

  • Stretch of Hwy. 27 to be repaved

    Tennessee Department of Transportation recently took out bids to pave Hwy. 27 from about 450 feet east of Hwy. 29 in Harriman to Dunn Street in Rockwood.

    The state awarded the contract to APAC-Atlantic, with a bid of $1.188 million.

    “Preconstruction conference has not been held yet so no word on when resurfacing will begin,” said TDOT spokesman Mark Nagi. The project has a due date on or before July 31.

    Harriman officials would like to see additional paving, including in Harriman’s downtown area.

  • Unemployment rate takes big jump

    Roane County’s unemployment rate increased by 1.1 percent in January, according to statistics released late last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The county’s jobless rate for January was 8.0 percent, state statistics show.

    That means 20,920 workers in the county’s 22,740 labor force were employed during the month.

    The increase was a big blow to county statistics, which had been reflecting decreases over the past few months, both on a monthly basis and from figures reported a year ago.

  • ORUD raises $4,700-plus to benefit SAFE

    Oak Ridge Utility District raised $4,714.69 during its recent “Have a Heart, Heat a Home” fundraiser that helps people pay their utility bills.

    The fundraiser offers a selection of Valentine’s Day gifts in February, and the money raised this year “is a significant increase over 2014,” said Nikki Bradley, ORUD’s customer development and marketing manager.

    All proceeds from the sales benefit Project SAFE, which helps low-income families struggling to pay their winter heating bills and facing the loss of energy service.