Today's News

  • Harriman woman indicted in May hit-and-run death


    A Harriman woman allegedly involved in a fatal hit-and-run was indicted by a Roane County grand jury Monday.

    Raychell C. Huckelby, 48, was indicted on charges of DUI, vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

    The victim, 59-year-old Daniel Hester, was found dead on Pansy Hill Road in Harriman on May 9.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said Officer Joe Sherrill had been parked off Pansy Hill Road on May 8 when he witnessed Huckelby’s truck stop, back up and then pull away.

  • Addiction facility aimed at community-only

    A new addiction treatment facility is coming to Roane County.

    WestCare Foundation, a group of nonprofit organizations in health and human services, is looking at opening outpatient services in Harriman in the former Courts of Praise Church next to Riverfront Park.

    “Our community needs this now so we want to get it done as soon as possible,” said Jenny Tippens, WestCare’s development director for Tennessee.

  • Lure of bass hooking area high school students

    Fishing pros Charlie Ingram and Ray Brazier visited Oliver Springs High School Wednesday to film part of their “Fishing University” TV show for the Outdoor Channel. The duo has been in Roane County the past week filming.

    Ingram and Brazier answered questions and talked about different career opportunities the students could take within the outdoor field.

    The pros stopped by the high school because of its bass club.

  • Need info on voting choices? VOTE411.org site could help

    VOTE411.org, an online voter information guide, is now available to all citizens of Anderson and Roane counties. Sponsored locally by the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge, VOTE411 began in 2006 at the national League level. More than 220 Leagues are now participating.

    The site allows users to compare candidates for office in their district, select their choices and create a ballot summary that they can print out, take with them to the polling place or share. To access the guide, the user should go to www.VOTE411.org and follow the prompts.

  • Another $100,000 in TVA funds

    Questions remain about the approximately $100,000 in interest earned on TVA’s $43 million.

    “As far as I’m concerned right now, that $100,000 is nobody’s,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said.

    Mason serves on the Roane County Economic Development Foundation along with Roane County Executive Ron Woody, Kingston Mayor Troy Beets and Rockwood Mayor James Watts. TVA executives Bob Deacy, John Bradley, Justin Maierhofer and Leslie Nale also serve on the foundation.

  • Early voting sluggish this round

    Roane County’s early voting turnout for the Nov. 4 election isn’t following the trend of the August election.

    “It’s been a little slow,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said. “We’re not having the same number of voters we had.”

    Early voting started on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

    According to the Tennessee Department of State, the early and absentee total for Roane County through Monday was 1,783.

    “I think it’s lack of interest,” Holiway said.

  • Parker Pressley aims for the stars

    A Kingston resident is working hard to find his way on the road to country music stardom.

    Parker Pressley opened for Joe Diffie on Oct. 7 at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum, and he was recognized as the Horizon Male Entertainer of the Year for the North American County Music Association.

    “It is just being in the right place at the right time,” Pressley said. “People will call it luck, but it is who you know.”

    Pressley likes country-music classic artists such as George Strait and Alan Jackson.

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  • Kingston finally approves measure for septic users

    Kingston City Council members took the final step for STEP owners at their Oct. 14 session, approving a policy that will enable septic tank customers to use the city’s expanded sewer plant.

    STEP stands for Septic Tank Effluent Pumping; it refers to a system using single septic tanks with electric pumps.

    The city had placed a moratorium on such systems several years ago due to capacity issues at the treatment plant.