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Today's News

  • 4 officers up for police chief

    The selection process is winding down for Harriman’s finance officer, judge and police chief position.

    A number of those vying for police chief worked under former chief Randy Heidle, who retired amid accusations of misconduct ranging from theft of city property to how he treated employees.

    “There are four current employees of the department who applied for the position,” said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms. “They are Jason Joseph, Dan Schneider, Brian Turner and Kent Warren.”

  • Webster Pike redistricting put off

    Students in the Webster Pike area don’t have to worry about redistricting for the time being.

    An item under old business on the Aug. 15 Roane County Board of Education agenda that called for the redistricting of that area was deferred.

    Retiring Board Member Everett Massengill asked for it to be put on this month’s agenda. When it came up during the meeting, he asked for it to be deferred.

    “We hadn’t discussed it in a committee or anything,” he said.

    The motion to defer passed 10-0.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Body cams tell us part of the story

    Video from a body camera of a Rockwood police officer recently made the news when a former Roane State basketball player filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against the city of Rockwood alleging violation of his rights and excessive use of force.

    The plaintiff in the case is using the video as evidence that he did not attack the officer before he was detained.

    I’ve watched the video. It does not show the officer being attacked. It does show the plaintiff did not fully cooperate with the officer.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Milwaukee’s Rule: He had a gun, so kill him!

    Well, Gentle Reader, last weekend saw yet another killing of a black man by a policeman, also black, this time in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Here’s how the event was described in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as reprinted by the Knoxville News Sentinel:

    “Police had said an officer shot and killed an armed man fleeing a traffic stop about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The officer ordered the man to drop his gun, and when he did not the officer fired, wounding the man twice, once in the chest and once in the arm, Barrett [Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett] said.

  • Obed’s healthy 2-mile hike includes view of Lilly Overlook

    In celebration of the National Park Service’s centennial anniversary, the Obed Wild and Scenic River will conduct a healthy hike this weekend.
    The hike begins at 10 a.m. Aug. 20.

    Participants should meet at the Lilly Overlook parking area, which can be found after crossing the Lilly Bridge on Ridge Road in Morgan County.

    Rangers Rick Ryan and Veronica Greear will lead a moderate 2-mile loop hike that will include the Lilly Overlook, the Boulder Field and the Bridge trails.

  • County honored for sewer extension

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody recently accepted an award on the county’s behalf during the East Tennessee Development District’s annual awards banquet.

    The banquet, attended by more than 130 East Tennessee elected officials and ETDD staff members, was July 14 in the Museum of Appalachia in Norris.

    Roane County was cited at the banquet for completion of a sewer line extension project along South Pine Ridge Road.

    The recently installed sewer line will serve 35 households in the Pine Ridge Road area.

  • Tilley completes Farm Bureau Boot Camp

    Roane County Farm Bureau member Whitney Tilley was among 14 farm and ranch women leaders recognized by the American Farm Bureau Federation as graduates of the organization’s 10th annual Women’s Communications Boot Camp in Washington, D.C., last month.

    The group of agricultural leaders was recognized after completing an intensive three-day course featuring sessions on working with the media, public speaking, testifying and messaging.

  • Lion Kings, Roane version

     

    Jerry Turbyville, left, president of the Harriman Lions Club, and Rick Ross, president of the Kingston Lions Club, were recently appointed to their new roles.
     

  • It’s football time for Roane County teams

    No more jamborees, scrimmages or two-a-day practices, as it's finally high school football time in Roane County.
    Thursday night marks opening night in Roane County, as Rockwood heads South of the River for an in-county clash with Midway. Friday night will feature another county rivalry game, as Kingston visits Harriman.

  • Mayor, Council pay may almost double

    Harriman City Councilman Kenyon Mee hopes successors to the city’s elected posts will take home more money for their service.

    That’s why the outgoing Council member pitched an ordinance to raise the salaries of Harriman’s mayor and City Council members.

    “This is comparable, if anybody wants to know, to other cities and the county,” said Mee.

    Harriman City Council approved first reading of the ordinance, which proposes raising the monthly salary of the new mayor from $175 to $300 a month.