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Today's News

  • ‘Electrical’ needs hamper cameras

    Doug Elder works on one of the already-installed cameras at Fort Southwest Point Thursday. Elder mentioned that the camera had already been installed but was simply waiting on what he referred to as “electrical.”

  • Grandmother gets children to safety

  • Harriman Happenings

    By Louise Warmley
    Happy birthday to Mike Gallaher. He attended Williams Chapel Sunday and he really enjoyed the service. After the service was over the members surprised him with cake and ice cream celebrating his special day. He also received some gifts. He was surprised, but it was a good one.

  • 'Round Rockwood

    By Josephine McKinney

  • Loudon remains could lead to closure

    As of Friday evening, authorities had yet to identify the human remains discovered in neighboring Loudon County.

    “The point of emphasis is we don’t know yet,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    Authorities were working to identify the remains.  

    Johnson, whose judicial district includes Loudon and Roane, said the remains were discovered off Eblen Road around 6:30 p.m. last Thursday by two men who were out looking for scrap metal. Johnson described the area as remote.  

  • April 16 trial in mom's suit against Houstons

    Preparing a civil case against brothers Rocky and Leon Houston hasn’t been easy for attorney Mitch Ferguson.

    “The breadth of it overwhelms me sometimes,” he said.

    Ferguson represents Pat Brown, who is suing the Houstons for $5 million over the death of her son. Mike Brown was killed along with Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones in a shootout with the brothers on May 11, 2006. Brown was on a ride-along with Jones.

  • Rockwood officials lobbying for more stable road to I-40

    When Interstate 40 was built through Roane County, the Browder family of Harriman used their political influence to get it routed through Harriman.

    While that move proved rewarding for Harriman, the national thoroughfare — and the traffic and tourist dollars — bypassed Rockwood.

    Now Rockwood officials want to change all that, hoping to work with the state to get an interchange and connector road off Hwy. 299 into their city.

  • Parker elected for schools, leaves city legacy of progress

    Harriman voters elected Earl Parker as mayor more than 40 years ago for his pro-city-schools platform, but his work brought the city a couple of advances it continues to enjoy.

    “He was the first mayor to hire a city recreation director,” noted Chipper Dunn about his close friend, 72, who died Jan. 13.

    “We had programs, but most of it was ran by a group of people or civic clubs” before Parker appointed Bill Morgan to the position, Dunn added.

  • Fund established for hurt firefighter

    Donations are being sought to help cover the medical expenses of a local firefighter who was injured in a bad car wreck earlier this month.

    Andrew Murray, a captain with the East Roane County Volunteer Fire Department, said the Caleb Wilson Fund was started at Enrichment Federal Credit Union last week.

    Murray said people wishing to help can stop by any Enrichment branch to make a donation.  

  • McCoin: Facebook group not a tool to kick off Ellis bid

    Swan Pond resident Sarah McCoin insists a Facebook group she started wasn’t about helping her friend mount a campaign for the state House seat held by Rep. Julia Hurley.

    The group is called “Tell Tennessee House Reps: Keep Roane County Together.”

    Less than a week after it was started, the House approved the redistricting plan that splits the county between the 31st and 32nd districts.