Today's News

  • Team-building Cub Scouts

    Cub Scouts Ethan Gould and Eli Bray pass an egg to each other in what Frankie Hawn, pack leader, calls a team-building exercise.

    The boys are members of Cub Scout Pack 103, which meets at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday in Trenton Street Baptist Church, Harriman.

  • Houston wants prosecutor, witness out

    Leon Houston quietly listened during a pre-trial motions hearing Thursday in his case on a charge he used interstate commerce to make a death threat against his former attorney James F. Logan.

    U.S. Magistrate Judge C. Clifford Shirley heard two motions, one to recuse Assistant United States Attorney David Jennings and another to preclude a witness’ testimony.

    “I’ll issue my ruling as quickly as I can,” said Shirley.

    Houston is accused of threatening Logan in a phone call from the Blount County Jail on Feb. 10, 2013.

  • County out of ETHRA probation suit

    Roane County has been dismissed from a federal lawsuit that accuses East Tennessee Human Resource Agency of engaging in a scheme to keep people on probation to continue collecting fees.

    The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Rachel Dawn Bohanan, a Morgan County woman who pleaded guilty to simple possession/casual exchange in Roane County Criminal Court on July 8, 2010.

    She was sentenced to a year in jail, but that time was suspended and she was placed on supervised probation with ETHRA.

  • Boo-Town takes Halloween to a Medieval level

    Harriman’s Tennessee Medieval Faire is introducing Boo-Town, a new outdoor family Halloween event.

    The event is described as a “merry-not-scary treat village,” with crafts, food, beer, entertainment and an optional haunted hayride.

    “If you like safe trick-or-treating and costumed characters, Boo-Town is for you,” said Barrie Paulson, Tennessee Medieval Faire vice president and manager.

  • Police radios to be encrypted

    Fans of listening in on law-enforcement radio traffic in Roane County will soon be hearing radio silence.

    That’s because those agencies will soon have their radios encrypted to make their dispatch discussions private.

    “The reason everyone is encrypting them is safety,” Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle recently told City Council.

  • Come Sailing With Me


    CINDY SIMPSON/Roane Newspapers
    Midway Elementary kindergartners Kaitlyn Klein, left, Kallie Caswell and their classmates use motion to remember their lyrics to a traditional Italian song, “Come Sailing With Me.” It was the kindergartners’ presentation on Italy during Midway’s Celebration of Nations, an event that allowed students to explore various countries, traditions and cultures. Each grade was given a country for special study.

  • Work to shut down Airport Road

    From staff reports
    Rockwood’s portion of Airport Road will be temporarily closed on Monday.
    The closure will allow for that portion of the road to be tarred and chipped, weather permitting, said Rockwood City Administrator Becky Ruppe.
    The closure will be canceled in case of rain. Dry weather is required for the work.
    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said it will be some time before city and Roane County officials will be able to use state funds to repair the roadway, which is in disrepair.
    The state grant has

  • Kingston awarded $500,000 for sewer upgrades

    The city of Kingston got an early Christmas present this week — a $525,000 grant for sewer improvements.

    Mayor Tim Neal shared the news during Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting, and said he received the notifying email late Monday.

    “This is really great for the city,” he said, noting that the grant will be used to upgrade the sewer plant and its systems.

    “This will give us a chance [to install] top-of-the-line enhancements.”

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