Today's News

  • Rockwood water rates going up

    Rockwood water and sewer customers will soon see rate increases.

    The question is how much.

    “We need to be aware that the state in November, if something isn’t done, then we are not going to be able to show we’re covering our operating expenses and the state will take over at that point as far as the rates,” warned Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas General Manager Kimberly Ramsey during a workshop with the governing board last week.

  • Neighbors file suit against Tiger Haven

    Some residents in East Roane County have filed a lawsuit against Tiger Haven.

    The residents — Everett Bloom, John Woody, Dagmar Woody, Harold Pesterfield, Sherryl Pesterfield, Ronald Bean, Lisa Bean, Albert Tate and Linda Tate — accuse the big-cat sanctuary of being a public nuisance.

    Tiger Haven Inc., and its registered agent — Mary Lynn Haven — are named as defendants in the lawsuit.

  • Convicted drug dealer files to dismiss murder charge

    Ralph O’Neal isn’t having any more luck as his own lawyer than he did as a crack cocaine dealer.

    He’s set to be arraigned for first-degree murder in Roane County Criminal Court today, June 27, despite multiple motions he’s filed to have the case thrown out.  

    O’Neal is charged with the August 2007 murder of Ronnie Dean Cofer. O’Neal, 36, has been acting as his own attorney. In one of his motions, he argues that the case should be thrown out because the grand jury foreman was white.

  • 3 teens hurt in Friday crash, 1 taken to jail

    Emergency crews responded to a one-vehicle crash involving four teenagers early Friday morning.

    The 16-year-old male driver and another male passenger were taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. A 17-year-old female passenger was taken to Roane Medical Center in Harriman.

     Because they were juveniles, their names were not released.  

  • Farmers Market fresh veggies

    Jerry Eblen of Kingston rifles through some of the growing season’s first harvest at Harriman’s Farmers Market at Riverfront Park.

    The Farmers Market is open from 8 to 11 a.m. each Saturday.

    Wednesday hours are from 3 p.m. to sellout.

  • Summerfest fun

    Roane County Park’s second annual Summerfest seemed custom-made for children, and a number of them took advantage of a sunny day to see and do all the things the park had to offer.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Johnny C. Feezell, driving on revoked license Sept. 8. Dismissed March 7, cost to state.

    Toby J. Townson, driving unregistered and manufacturing controlled substance Sept. 14. Dismissed, cost to state.

  • Out to Lunch: Allison’s has your number when it comes to catfish

    By Bethel Poston

  • Stricklan co-oping at John Deere

    Patricia “Allie” Stricklan, a Tennessee Tech University student from Harriman, has been selected for a one-year cooperative education, or co-op assignment, with John Deere Power Products, Greene-ville.

    During an assignment that began in May, Stricklan is providing support and basic troubleshooting for current operations.

    She will investigate, gather and analyze data for various recurring tasks.

  • Facelift for Pizza Hut

    Harriman’s Pizza Hut has a whole new look.

    The restaurant was recently closed for several days while workers performed renovations that included new paint and masonry on the exterior and an interior redesign.

    The restaurant is now open for business and offering traditional Pizza Hut fare in the newly revamped digs.