Today's News

  • Pemberton tapped for child starvation case

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton is now the presiding judge in the child starvation case involving Matthew and Amanda Dotson.

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks recused himself from the case last month. As circuit judge, Pemberton has civil and criminal jurisdiction.

    The Dotsons face first-degree murder charges in Roane County Criminal Court for the death of their 2-year-old son, Clifford. He died on May 3, 2012.  

  • Having A Grand Time


    Oliver Springs Middle School  Principal Nancy Wilson combines work with family time while she has fun with her grandson, Dawson “Thumper” Justes, at Thursday’s Area 4 AA Tournament at Wartburg Central Middle School.

  • Contractor fined over asbestos inspection of Harriman shop

    James Kilby Jr., a Morgan County contractor, was fined in December for failing to conduct an asbestos inspection before beginning demolition work.

    The work in question was at a property located at 206 Ruritan Road in Harriman.

    The order assessing the $1,500 fine was signed by Michelle Walker Owenby, director of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Air Pollution Control.

    The property, which is known as the old Citgo Market, is owned by Chandubhai Patel.

    He was also fined $1,500.

  • Bldg. inspections to stay in Harriman

    Harriman officials decided against using the Roane County building inspector’s office for now.

    The Harriman City Council wavered on the issue in recent weeks, weighing pros and cons of contracting with the county for building inspections after building inspector Maria Nelson left for Maryville.

    “It had less to do with the wording of the agreement and was based more upon operational aspects of the program, plus cost projections for it,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • Medical condition believed to cause Thursday crash

    A medical condition is believed to have played a factor in a crash involving a Ten Mile man on Thursday.

    The accident happened on River Road around 3 p.m.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 61-year-old Douglas Wineinger was negotiating a curve when he lost control of his 2005 Buick Lacrosse, described as vehicle 1 in the crash report.

    “Vehicle 1 then traveled off the road side right impacting an embankment near a private driveway,” the report said.

    “Vehicle 1 then went airborne and rotated right 90 degrees.”


    A Kingston youngster’s snow “cleanup” last week caused a media frenzy that reached New York City almost as quickly as the monster snowstorm itself.

    Three-year-old Sam Curry operated his custom bulldozer ride-on toy following last Wednesday’s snow, and his mother, Carrie, snapped several photos near the family’s Eblen Circle home.

    She shared the shots with local and regional media outlets, and the shot made its print debut on the front page of last Friday’s Roane County News.

  • Clerk lets down hammer in robbery attempt

    Eugene Heller, a cashier at the KenJo Market on Gallaher Road, didn’t comply when a robber ordered him to fork over money at gunpoint Wednesday morning.

    “The guy comes in, pulls a gun on the clerk and demands money,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    “The clerk reaches down like he’s getting money, gets a large hammer, raises up and strikes the guy on the arm.”

    Washam said the robber fled the store at that point, but Heller wasn’t finished.

  • Man jailed for role in fatal crash

    A fatal wreck that occurred in Roane County in 2013 has landed a Lenoir City man behind bars.

    Otto Joseph Flachbart III was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Feb. 23, 2015, for one count of vehicular homicide by intoxication. He was picked up at the Loudon County Jail on Tuesday and brought to the Roane County Jail, where he remained in custody Thursday afternoon on a $20,000 bond.

    The fatal wreck occurred on Sept. 15, 2013 on Hwy. 327.

  • Langley, Peters to continue football careers

    Two of Harriman High School's offensive linemen joined ofter football players across the state to continue their careers at the collegiate level on National Signing Day last Wednesday.

    Treyton Peters signed with MTSU, while John Langley signed with Bethel University in McKenze, Tennessee. Both helped the Blue Devils rush for 4,265 yards this season, and to a 9-4 overall record and a 5-1 Region 2 1A mark for Coach Travis Tapp. Harriman defeated Unaka 60-14 and Coalfield 40-20 in the first two rounds of the playoffs, before losing 56-28 at Greenback.

  • Blue Devil football players honored

    On Saturday, Jan. 30, the Harriman High School football team held their annual football banquet held at the Harriman High School cafeteria. The Blue Devils went 9-4 on the season losing in the quarterfinal’s of the state playoffs to eventual state runner up Greenback. The Blue Devils also were Region 2A runner up. The day consisted of watching the 2015 highlight film, along with honoring players, coaches, cheerleaders and several other people who contributed throughout the season.