Today's News


    A searing letter by Roane County’s top prosecutor hasn’t changed TVA’s stance about the work it did cleaning up the ash spill.

    “TVA committed to leaving the Kingston Ash Spill site as good as or better than before the spill and we met our commitment,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said Monday.

  • Police: Arrested man took his meth to jail

    Harriman police allegedly found methamphetamine on a Harriman man after taking him to the Roane County Jail Thursday afternoon.

    Scotty T. Bryant, 25, of 806 Trenton St., was taken into custody after police responded to a disturbance call outside the Regions Bank in Harriman.

    Harriman Police Sgt. John Paul Jones found Clifford Willis, who had left his residence after Bryant allegedly threatened him and was throwing things at their home.

  • On the move to Rockwood?

    New Rockwood water and sewer customers will be paying more to hook up.

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas raised its water and sewer tap fees effective July 1.

    “It was based on the actual costs associated with the tap installation,” said manager Kim Ramsey.

    The tap fees were raised about 5 percent. They were last adjusted in January 2016.

    Rockwood City Councilman Dudley Evans said the fees are still some of the lowest in the area.

  • Feds to hand down meth sentencing today

    Drug addiction is a major reason why a Roane County woman faces sentencing today – Wednesday – in federal court, according to her attorney.

    “The defendant’s life has frankly become unhinged due to substance abuse,” attorney Mark E. Brown wrote about Amanda Wells in a sentencing memorandum.

    Wells, 317 Riggs Chapel Road, Harriman, pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to distribute meth. She faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, but could receive more time depending on what U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves decides.

  • State awards funds to aid in Temperance Bldg. repairs

    Harriman was recently awarded a grant for the historic Temperance Building.

    The grant from the Tennessee Historical Commission is around $30,000 and will include an estimated $20,000 match.

    “The first part of the process calls for a civil engineer to come in and access the structure and prioritize structural issues so we can begin addressing them,” said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.

    There may be a small amount of money left afterward to go toward addressing fixing the issues.

  • FEMA grant to help Rockwood Fire Dept.

    Rockwood Fire Department is getting some new self-contained breathing apparatus thanks to a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.

    “This will replace all our self contained breathing apparatus,” said Chief Matt Crabtree.

    The award is $142,812 in grant and a match of $71,040. It will replace 26 packs.

    “We are just glad we got it,” Crabtree told Rockwood City Council late last month.

    The department’s packs are getting old, and they are expensive to replace.

  • Dogs to Go: Couple takes restaurant initiative on the road

    Kingston residents Rusty and Jayme Summers have dreamed of owning a restaurant for years.

    Now that dream is, in a way, becoming a reality as the husband-and-wife duo recently purchased a food truck, Vol Dogs.

    “We’ve wanted to do a restaurant, but this opportunity presented itself and it’s a lot more affordable,” Jayme said after Vol Dogs served lunch at Kingston’s Michael Dunn Center on Friday.

  • Roaring River dam to be removed in a joint effort

    An aging dam on the Roaring River will be removed in a multi-organizational effort in late July. The exact date will depend on river conditions and visitors should expect limited access in this area.

    This will be the largest Tennessee dam ever removed for river and stream restoration purposes. The dam is roughly 220 feet across and 15 feet tall. It is located in Jackson County about five miles before the beginning of the lake formed by the Cordell Hull Dam. The Roaring River is designated as a state scenic river and is a destination for paddlers, anglers and swimmers.

  • Jacket golfers “ace” opening week

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets golf team kicked of the season in dramatic fashion this week.

    Playing against the Harriman Blue Devils Tuesday at the Emory Golf Course, Kingston’s Dawson Lane helped make memories for his team and opponents by hitting a hole-in-one. It was on the 255 yard Par Four Hole Five.

    After nine holes of golf the Jackets came out on top against Harriman, 168-216. Low scorer for Kingston was Luke Borum with 38. The Devils’ low man was Drake Gould with a score of 46.

  • Woman rescued from Harriman fire

    Harriman Fire Department rescued a woman from a Harriman Housing Authority home at 912 Clifty St. during the early morning hours on Friday.

    “We had to rescue one lady. When the call came in, we had a call we had a 6-year-old and female (adult) unaccounted for,” said Harriman Deputy Fire Chief Brad Daniels.