Today's News

  • Harriman doctor’s DUI case going back to court

    The DUI case against Dr. Clary Foote was on the June 13 Roane County General Sessions Court criminal docket.

    There was no resolution, however, as the case was reset for Aug. 22.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said his office is still waiting for the results of Foote’s drug screen.

    Foote, who has a doctor’s office in Harriman, was arrested for DUI by State Trooper Robert Woody on April 17.

  • Family Promise looking to BBQ to raise money

    Roane County’s best home cooks will be offering up tantalizing juicy barbecue, and it’s all for a good cause.

    Family Promise of Roane County, a nonprofit hoping to help area homeless families, is hosting its first barbecue cook-off on Saturday, July 16, at Roane County Park.

    “What better fun in the summer than licking barbecue off our elbows?” quipped Kathy Hoch.

    “We are hoping to have it be a good thing and a yearly event.”

  • Paddleboarding becoming popular on the waters of Watts Bar Lake

    More than anything else, Jason Crabtree really wants to help people.

    The owner of Three Rivers Paddlesports (also known as Paddleboard Knoxville) sees himself as much more than a businessman – he is a teacher, encourager, and a motivator to help people learn to help themselves.

    “It is not about me,” he said in a recent interview. “The paddleboard business is just a platform to get people to realize the importance of physical and mental health.”

    Crabtree is quite an expert on both.

  • MADD may lose license plate

    Mothers Against Drunk Driving Tennessee is in danger of losing a key funding piece that matches funds.

    “Our MADD Tennessee license plates are rolling billboards raising awareness about impaired driving and thousands of dollars to help MADD’s efforts in Tennessee,” said volunteer Norris Skelley, one of

    the chief volunteers who campaigned to get the MADD Tennessee plate that went into production in 1997.

  • Police stop ends what man says was a supplement to income

    James Christopher Gibson was charged with manufacture, delivery, sale and possession of a controlled substance earlier this month.

    According to the warrant, he was a passenger in a Chevrolet Impala in which Harriman police found prescription pills, meth and set of digital scales.

    There was a reason for that, however.

    “The defendant was read his Miranda rights and proceeded to tell officers that he only sold drugs to supplement his income since he has been out of work for the past three months,” the warrant said.

  • Social media encounters add up to charges against 21-year-old

    An alleged rendezvous with a juvenile has a Rockwood man in trouble with the law.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies responded to 219 Old James Ferry Road around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, where they spoke with Lucrectia and Michael Lovelady.

    “Their 14-year-old daughter had snuck out of the house sometime after they all had went to bed and walked down the road to Bells Cove Boat Ramp and met a Mr. Mackenzie Lee Huffman.”

  • Ten Mile woman killed in wreck on Hwy. 58

    Jackquinetta Renee Luffman, known by family and friends as Renee, was traveling to pick up a friend Tuesday afternoon when she was tragically killed in a crash on Hwy. 58.

    Luffman, 43, of Ten Mile, was traveling northbound in a Mitsubishi Eclipse when she crossed the center line into the path of another vehicle, a 1990 Kenworth T800 semi truck.

  • Teen counts his blessings a week after crash

    Taylor Hamby says he’s lucky to be alive following last week’s crash on Interstate 40 near Midtown last week.

    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon said after the wreck he had never seen anyone pinned in a vehicle like that in 35 years.

    “I know I’m lucky to be alive,” Hamby said after returning home from six days in University of Tennessee Medical Center.

  • Largest taxpayer settles on appraisal

    UT-Battelle has settled its property appraisal dispute with Roane County.

    According to an agreed order signed last month, appraised value of the property is now $73.995 million for the 2014 and 2015 tax years.

    The previous values, which UT-Battelle disputed, was $98.164 million for 2014 and $87.954 million for 2015.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he’s glad the issue is resolved because UT-Battelle is the county’s largest taxpayer.

  • Police chief retires amid allegations

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle quietly retired Tuesday after a laundry list of accusations came to light last week.

    “This letter is to clarify that the city of Harriman discontinued the investigation into the ethical, policy and mismanagement allegations against Chief Randy Heidle due to the fact that, if proven true, the most severe action that the City could take would be to terminate his employment with the city,” Harriman City Attorney Allison Rehn said in a prepared statement Thursday afternoon.