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Today's News

  • New TWRA leadership

      NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Fisheries Division is now under new leadership with the earlier appointments of Bobby Wilson as Fisheries Chief and Frank Fiss as Assistant Chief.

  • Arrests made in armed robbery

    Two people allegedly involved in a Rockwood robbery were arrested at a gas station in Kingston on Monday. 

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said the male and female suspects were juveniles.

    Dispatch received a call at 2:44 p.m. of an armed robbery at the College Market on Roane State Highway.

    A caller trailed the suspects, who were in a red car.

    They eventually pulled up to a gas pump at the Raceway on Kentucky Street in Kingston.

    Several officers converged on the scene and arrested the suspects.

  • Harriman taking steps to get new board going on industrial efforts

    The new Harriman Industrial Board is still without a charter.

    However, some of the people involved have some expertise.

    Attorney Sandy McPherson, Kingston’s city attorney and the attorney for the Roane County Industrial Board, is helping with the process of formally establishing the board.

    “I have been the attorney for Roane County’s Industrial Board for longer than I want to think about — maybe 30 years,” McPherson said. 

  • Roane sheriff candidate arrested in Oak Ridge domestic violence case

    A week after losing his bid to become Roane County sheriff, Ronald E. McCuistion was arrested on Aug. 13 in Oak Ridge on domestic assault charges.

    Oak Ridge Police Capt. Michael Uher said the incident happened in a Walmart parking lot.

    Uher said McCuistion hit the victim several times.

    McCuistion, who had served as a military police officer, ran against Jack Stockton in the race for sheriff.

    McCuistion’s campaign slogan was “Elect a U.S. Army veteran.”

    Voters decided he wasn’t the man for the job.

  • Family time real prize at fishing event

    Tyler Hatton had a plan.

    Sitting on a boulder with his toes dangling in the water of Caney Creek, the Kingston youth was determined to snag a fish — any fish — on a Saturday morning that had a headstart on its place as a blazing August day.

    “I put a piece of beef jerky on it,” he confided while watching the line. “A bluegill or something keeps biting on mine.”

    Tyler had high hopes.

  • ORAU: No harm to health found

    Oak Ridge Associated Universities, which was chosen to look into the health repercussions of the TVA fly ash disaster, said its studies have shown no harm.

    “Based on our medical evaluation and the current levels of exposure for these residents, we did not see any effects on their physical health,” John Benitez, a medical toxicologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was quoted in an ORAU press release.

  • Big games highlight 2010 season

        Coaches always preach the importance of taking one game at a time and no one game means more than another.

    Fans, on the other hand, don’t have to worry about overlooking an opponent and they often circle games on the calender that they think can make or break a season.

    Here are some of the games that have probably been circled on this year’s calendar by fans across the county.

  • Roane teams compete in jamboree


    Roane County football fans got to see four of the county's five high schools in action Friday night as Harriman, Midway, Oliver Springs and Rockwood all participated in the 2010 Roane County Jamboree in Harriman.

  • Digital system silent on scanners

    People who like to monitor police radio traffic on scanners may have noticed a lot of silence lately. 

    That’s because police and other emergency agencies are now using a new communications system.

    Robert Langley, assistant director for Roane County E-911, said it’s a 700/800 MHz digital system. 

    It may mean scanner silence for the general public, but Langley said the new system has interoperability, which allows better communication between police, firemen and other emergency workers.  

  • Harriman delays extending lease on radio-controlled plane park

    A former member of the Tennessee Eagles radio-controlled airplane club convinced Harriman City Council to hold off on renewing the organization’s three-year lease agreement.

    The group leases its airstrip on what is called the Harriman industrial property. Terry Webb asked the council to consider leasing the property to him instead.

    “I was instrumental in developing that park,” said Webb, a former Tennessee Eagles member who owns a hobby shop in downtown Harriman.