Today's News

  • Woman first hospitalized, then jailed after I-40 crash

    Kelly L. Boyd, a 46-year-old Hermitage woman, had a rough weekend.

    On Friday, she wrecked her 1999 Ford SUV on Interstate 40 in Roane County. Lifestar helicopter responded to the scene to fly Boyd to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

    The wreck was investigated by Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Paul Dubroc. According to his arrest report, Boyd was driving under the influence at the time of the crash.

  • County officials to be sworn in today

    Peggy Collier had never ran for public office prior to this year.

    However, she was no stranger to what the endeavor entailed. Her late husband, Bobby Collier, was elected to the Roane County Commission five times.

    “I knew what to expect and I knew what it was like,” she said.

    Collier was appointed to her husband’s District 6 seat on the Commission after he passed away last year.

    She will get to serve out his four-year term, thanks to her victory in this month’s election.

  • Carbon-fiber industry coming to ORNL

    From staff reports

    The announcement about an agreement between a carbon fiber company and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory has Roane County officials excited.

    “Goes to show the strength of relationship building over the years allowing ORNL, Oak Ridge and Roane County to show what we are about and how we can positively impact companies and improve quality of life,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Argument takes deadly turn

    A 23-year-old Harriman man is dead from a gunshot wound inflicted by a juvenile at a Byrd Avenue home in downtown Harriman around 7:35 p.m. Sunday.

    Harriman Police Department is investigating the shooting death of MarStratton Gordon, a U.S. Army soldier stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Harriman Council vacancies won’t be on November ballot

    Harriman City Council’s upcoming vacancies will not be on the Nov. 8 ballot.

    Harriman City Council defeated an ordinance for a special election to fill two vacancies. The vacancies will be left by Wayne Best, who will become mayor on Sept. 1, and Allen Hickman, who qualified to run for Council before he was appointed the city’s recreation director.

    The voters elected Hickman, whose name remained on the Aug. 4 ballot. He has said he wants to continue as recreation director.


    A giant demolition machine that looked like a dinosaur edged toward the remains of the building, made a few critical cuts on the supporting structure, and in seconds a piece of history collapsed into a pile of rubble.

    Federal, state and local officials were joined by as many as 1,500 current and former Department of Energy officials to watch the final stages of a more-than-six-month project to demolish the K-27 building at the East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge.

  • Harriman Police investigate homicide

    Harriman Police are investigating a homicide that happened Sunday evening at a Byrd Avenue residence in downtown Harriman.

    Acccording to the detail call sheet from Roane County E-911, a juvenile male told dispatch he shot his sister's boyfriend in the face.

    Those reports indicate the deceased was MarStratton Gordon.

    The juvenile told dispatch that his sister and her boyfriend had been fighting. At the time of the call the sister reported the man still had a pulse and was lying in her doorway.

  • A Look At Life SOUTH OF THE RIVER: South of the River Dollar General open

    By Penelope Bond

    Several area residents turned out for the official grand opening of the new Dollar General store on Saturday, Aug. 20.

    The cashiers reported that business had been brisk even in the previous week, as the “Now Open” banner was enough to bring in new customers.

    Advertised perks for the first patrons on Saturday had them lined up at the door at opening time.  The store’s regular hours henceforth are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Fiesta Time Grill great for birthday and family gatherings

    Readers know my wife, Carol, and I like to include family, friends and acquaintances in our “Out to Lunch” adventures. This article, counting Carol and myself, includes 11 family members, five of whom are our great-grandchildren.

    Our son Barry and his wife, Judy, drove over for a visit from Charlotte, N.C., with their grandson, Knox. They were entertaining Knox while his parents, their daughter Shelley, and her husband, Josh, were in China completing an adoption of a brother for Knox.

  • Roane jobless rate rebound continues

    Things continue to look bright for employment in Roane County.

    Statistics released by the state late last week showed the county’s July unemployment rate at  5.6 percent.

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports that rate is 0.1 percent lower than in June.

    It’s significantly lower than a year ago, when Roane County posted a jobless rate of 6.8 percent.