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Today's News

  • County Commissioner Greg Ferguson arrested

    Roane County Commissioner Greg Ferguson was arrested Monday night for DUI. As of 10:30 p.m. he was still in custody at the Roane County Jail.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Ferguson, 59, was arrested by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

    “I don’t know the circumstances,” Stockton said. “The captain of the patrol division called and told me that THP had arrested one of our commissioners.”

  • Man in trouble for shooting gun around children

    A Clinton man faces charges in Roane County for allegedly shooting a gun inside a home with children present. Christopher Scott Braden, 32, is charged with aggravated assault, four counts of reckless endangerment and three counts of possession.

    Last week’s incident happened at 887 Old Harriman Hwy. Roane Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Canup said Braden was carrying a black bag in the driveway when he responded to a call about shots fired at the residence.

  • American Legion post has rich history

    American Legion Post 232 in Harriman is one of only a few predominantly African-American posts in the state.

    Bronce Cleveland, who is district commander, said the post started in 1947.

    “Our forefathers formed this American Legion back in the Jim Crow days. We had black regiments and white regiments,” said Cleveland.

    “We tried to join, but we were turned down,” said post commander Greg Love of African-American’s previous attempts at joining American Legion posts in those early days.

  • Board approves school calendar

    The first day of school for the 2015-16 school year is set.

    The calendar approved by the Roane County Board of Education last week has students starting the new school year on Aug. 10.

    The board had been considering two calendar options for the 2015-16 school year.

    The one referred to as the “balanced” calendar included a two-week break in the fall and a two-week break in the spring.

    The board picked the traditional calendar, however, which includes the customary one-week break in the fall and a one-week break in the spring.

  • County picks up tab on cleanup of Harriman’s Miller & Brewer site

    Roane County is reimbursing the city of Harriman for nearly $100,000 in costs incurred cleaning up the old Miller & Brewer building. That’s because Roane County owns the property, according to Harriman Mayor Chris Mason.

    “It went to them by default,” Mason said.

    The property on Roane Street in downtown Harriman was offered as part of a county back tax sale last year. When no one bid on the property, the clerk and master entered a bid on behalf of the county, which the law requires.

  • Mom asks for police shooting video release

    The mother of a man shot by a sheriff’s deputy is challenging authorities to release video of the incident.

    “My son did not do this, and until they show that film, I don’t believe it,” Doris Powers said. “If what they’re saying is true, why not release it and let the public see it?”

  • Land reappraisals in state’s hands

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan is no longer in charge of the 2015 reappraisal. That responsibility now falls to the state.

    On Thursday at Legislative Plaza in Nashville, the State Board of Equalization voted unanimously to have the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Property Assessments take over the reappraisal.

  • Harriman Happenings: March 2

    Get-well wishes are extended to Eugene Collier, who is in a hospital in Knoxville. May you soon be healed and back home to your family.

    At the time of this writing, Curtis Ray is a patient in Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville.

    We wish him a speedy recovery.

    A well known Christian lady of Harriman by the name of Bonnie Coleman was called to her heavenly home Sunday, Feb. 22, at her home with her son and family by her side.

  • Girl Scout cookies are here!

    Neither rain nor snow, nor sleet can stop the Girl Scouts.

    Despite weeks of winter weather, Girl Scout cookies are here — and so is a holiday for cookie lovers.

    More than 1.3 million boxes of cookies have arrived in the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians area.

    Roane County girls are now delivering their cargo, and booth sales in front of area businesses will continue through March 22.

  • Make a clean path for the mailman

    Winter storms and along with them the cold, snow and icy conditions can make delivery of your mail very challenging for letter carriers and the post office.

    Postal patrons in Roane County can support their letter carriers and post office in providing safe and timely delivery of your mail.

    “We will do our best to make delivery to all addresses,” said U.S. Postal Service spokesman David Walton.

    “At the same time, we must insure the safety of our carriers along their routes,” he added.