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Today's News

  • Harriman downtown demolition starting up

    The first steps are beginning in physically removing the remaining buildings surrounding the site of the former Miller & Brewer Department Store.

    The removal started last week with abatement activities and preconstruction activities, according to a schedule from Roane County.

    County Executive Ron Woody said he hopes to eventually return the property back to private use and on the tax rolls.

    “The county government sees no government benefit for county use,” he said.

  • Houston headed back to E. Tenn.

    Leon Houston could soon be back in East Tennessee.

    On July 9, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned his federal conviction for threatening to kill his former attorney via interstate commerce.

    The court remanded the case back to U.S. District Court for further proceedings.

    Houston remained an inmate at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, Ky., after the ruling.

    That may change soon.

  • Man accused of wielding machete at ex, new suitor

    A Rockwood man is accused of threatening his ex-girlfriend and her new beau with a machete.

    Toby L. Elliott, 38, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and vandalism in the Aug. 13 incident.

    Deputies were dispatched to 860 Winton Chapel Road, where they spoke with Pamela Vandan and her boyfriend, Kristopher Havlik.

  • Roane Academy unneighborly fracases worry those close by

    Some residents and business owners hold the Roane County Commission responsible for the problems that have occurred at Roane Academy.

    “It’s your fault,” Rockwood resident Joseph Vought told commissioners at their Aug. 10 meeting.

    “You’re the one that allowed this to happen.”

    Roane Academy, which is owned by Omni Visions, is a treatment facility for male juveniles in the Roane County Industrial Park.

  • Sheriff's office captain saves man from drowning

    Awesome. That’s how Shannon Rasco described Roane County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Tim Hawn.

    Hawn saved Rasco’s boyfriend from drowning after he fell down an embankment and into some water Friday afternoon off Blair Road.

    “It was amazing what he did,” Rasco said of Hawn.

    Hawn went down the steep embankment, pulled Rasco’s boyfriend out of the water and held him until help arrived.

  • Reflections on political correctness

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column: 1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

    Last week’s column offered my final thoughts about the Civil War and its legacies.

  • Democrats plan Labor Day picnic

    Roane County Democratic Party’s annual East Tennessee Labor Day Picnic will be from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 in Roane County Park shelter 2 at 3515 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Tickets are $12 per person; ages 11 and younger eat free. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 466-0418 or at the picnic.

    Keynote speakers are Tennessee Democratic Party Chairwoman Mary Mancini and Terry Adams of The Adams Law Firm. Entertainment will be provided by Todd Sharp and Terry Adams. Ripley the Donkey will be available for photos.

  • Payne’s Powersports gets bikes ride ready

    Those passionate about motorcycles for casual riding or even competitively now have a new place for repairs and other needs.

    Travis Payne, an avid racing fan and former competitor, decided to open Payne’s Powersports this summer. They can service and get parts for Motorcross and street bikes, jet skis, all terrain vehicles and UTVs, a utility task vehicle or side by side for 2 or more people that is four wheel and off-road.

    “I had people for years telling me I need to open up a shop. I had everybody wanting me to work on bikes,” said Payne.

  • Dollar daze in Harriman

    Family Dollar in Harriman is progressing steadily with their new building, which will relocate their current location to a new building down the street.

    “This store, located at 945 South Roane Street is slated to open in the first quarter of next year. This location will replace the current store at 1034 South Roane Street,” said Bryn R. Winburn, public and media relations manager at Family Dollar.

  • Complete effort leads Jackets, 27-6

    Brian Pankey’s Kingston Yellow Jackets put together an all-around solid performance Friday night in picking up a 27-6 victory at Cumberland County High School in Crossville.

    The Jackets scored on offense, defense and special teams in picking up the win to improve to 2-0 on the season.