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Today's News

  • Harriman police chief retires amid allegations

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle has retired, according to Harriman City Attorney Allison Rehn.

    Heidle faced a series of allegations outlined in an anonymous letter sent to city officials last week.

    Rehn wrote in a letter issued Tuesday afternoon that Heidle's attorney said the retirement decision was based on the tense workplace environment created by the recent allegations.

    Read more in Friday's Roane County News.

  • Police chief complaints numerous

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle is accused of a long list of misconduct, ranging from ill treatment of employees to using city-owned property in personal vehicles.

    One accusation is that he or a strawman purchased a 1993 Chevrolet Caprice that was worked on by a mechanic while it was on the GovDeals.com auction website.

    He is also accused of taking a console from Harriman police storage and putting it on his personal Dodge Charger he later sold.

    Heidle remained on leave with pay as of Tuesday morning.

  • Scouts’ Flag Day ceremony retires, replaces Old Glory

    Flag Day was celebrated at Victorian Square Tuesday morning, when Rockwood Boy Scout Troop 106 retired the old flag at the facility and replaced it with a new one.

    “We did this in honor of Flag Day,” said Victorian Square marketing director Saundra Bandy.

    “We had a family here that donated a new flag. It was very nice of them.”

    The flag was donated in the memory of Hubert Hill.

  • Biker runs down woman

    From staff reports

    A Cumberland County woman was flown to a Knoxville hospital by Lifestar after being struck by a motorcycle in Rockwood Saturday.

    The pedestrian, identified as Rachel Murphy, 67, was attempting to cross the street at 803 S. Gateway Ave. when she was struck.

    Her present condition was not known at press time.

    The condition and identity of the motorcycle rider was also unknown.

  • Man accused of snatching woman’s purse

    A Kingston man is accused of pulling his truck up alongside a woman and grabbing her purse out of her shopping cart.

    Justin P. Wright, 26, 108 Roane Manor Drive, Kingston, is charged with theft of property $1,000 to $9,999, fraudulent use of credit or debit card and robbery in the June 8 incident, said Rockwood Officer Brandon Smith.

    Sandra Boles told officers a white male pulled up beside her in the Walmart parking lot and grabbed her purse while she was unloading her groceries. The victim said she also grabbed her purse but lost her grip as he drove away.

  • GRILLEStoGRILL

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of features based on winners of this year’s Roane County News Reader’s Choice Awards. See more about this year’s winners in the annual Reader’s Choice Awards section in today’s issue.

    It is all about service for Rodney Harback.

    His Roane Street Grill restaurant at 812 N. Roane St., Harriman, offers mouth-watering home-cooking, serving throngs of patrons every day of the week, while his other business, Eddie’s Body Shop, repairs cars as if they were never damaged.

  • What’s the SCORE?: How do you want your customers to describe you?

    A well-known observation is that a significant source of new customers for many businesses is word-of-mouth advertising.

    Keep in mind the negative side of this. Bad comments can drive away prospective customers.

    Traditional statistics are that customers tell three to five people, and dissatisfied customers tell 10 people.

    What has been the impact of the internet on this? A ten-fold increase? A hundred-fold increase?

    It depends on the size and characteristics of your business.

  • ARRESTS: June 3-7

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.  
    June 3 – Richard Kyle Davis, 33, 259 Woodland Drive, Harriman: unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal impersonation other than law enforcement, driving on revoked/suspended license.
    • Jarrett Dewayne Ivey, 18, 768 Foster Road, Lenoir City: reckless driving, underage consumption, contributing to the delinquency of minor, simple possession or casual exchange.

  • Property transfers: March 14-16

    Property deed transfers in Roane County:
    March 14 — From Mary E. Trunk to Timmey Tuggle by warranty deed, Dist. 3, River Bend Estates, Lot 43, $117,000.
    • From Fikret Gencay and Shannon Conley Clerk and Master, to Roane County by deed, Dist. 1, Map 26F, Group H, Control M, $0.
    • From Fikret Gencay and Shannon Conley Clerk and Master, to Roane County, deed, Dist. 1, Map 26F, Group G, Control M, $0.

  • Rockwood, Kingston teams beaten at Rocky Top

    The 2016 season ended sooner than the Kingston and Rockwood AA All-Stars would have liked, as both were eliminated in the Dixie Youth sub District 8AA Tournament at Rocky Top.

    Both teams did pick up a win in the tourney, as Kingston defeated Spring City, 7-6, Saturday morning, while Rockwood defeated Kingston, 20-15, Saturday evening.

    In between, Rocky Top defeated Kingston, 28-21, and they beat Rockwood, 14-10. Campbell County also beat Rockwood, 29-0.