Today's News

  • UT-Battelle savings to cost schools

    The Roane County Board of Education has a history of taking preemptive stances on legislation that could impact the school system.

    That apparently didn’t happen with Public Chapter 504.

    The state law, which school officials contend could wreak financial havoc on the school system, took effect on July 1, 2015.

    The school board didn’t pass a resolution expressing concerns about it until Jan. 25. The law was on the books for more than two-and-a-half years by that time.

  • Worker accused of hiding drugs

    Police searched the Hardee’s in Rockwood for approximately an hour on Feb. 1 after the shift manager was accused of hiding drugs in the restaurant.

    The shift manager, Shelly Everett, 42, was cited for simple possession.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Randy Heidle was dispatched to Hardee’s to investigate an employee dispute.

  • Police say man held ex captive

    A Harriman man was arrested last month on charges of domestic assault, false imprisonment and driving on a suspended or revoked license.

    Shawn Roysdon, 38, is accused of holding his former live-in girlfriend against her will at her apartment.

    Harriman Officer Caleb Taylor’s report shows he responded to 201 Sewanee St., where Linda Marritt told him Roysdon had been staying at her house and had been both verbally and physically abusive.

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  • $525,000 grant helps Harriman water

    Harriman Utility Board will continue working on water system improvements thanks to a $525,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development.

    “The grant requires a local match of $93,000 which will be provided by Harriman Utility Board for a combined project total of $618,000,” said Candace Vannasdale, manager of GWS Administration & Engineering.

    The project will allow HUB to continue its reduction of non-revenue water loss by replacing problematic and leaking water mains and services.

  • Man charged for church threats arrested again

    The man who threatened to blow up a Harriman church last summer has been arrested again.

    Harriman police charged James Lombardo with disorderly conduct in a Jan. 28 incident.

    According to the warrant, Sgt. James Wadsworth was dispatched to 182 State St., to conduct a welfare check on Lombardo.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Fiction appears to imitate truth

    I’ve always believed the best way to understand what is going on is to hear it from different perspectives. That’s why I like to listen to different news sources.

    The differences between outlets such as ABC, CBS NBC and CNN used to be subtle, but if you listened close you might pick up a fact here or there that one of the other outlets missed.

    Lately, however, it amazes me how different teams of professional journalists can view the same event through such different perspectives.


    A new partnership will allow a longtime Kingston orthodontist to expand on the quality care he’d given for decades.

    Dr. L.R. Fuqua Jr., a Kingston orthodontist specialist for the past 40 years, has merged his practice with Pryse Orthodontics in Anderson County.

    Pryse Orthodontics is a specialty practice owned by Dr. John Pryse since 1977.

  • Unemployment falling in Roane

    Roane County saw its unemployment rate decrease from 3.8 to 3.6 percent from November to December 2017, a .2 percent decline.

    Of the county’s 23,070 workforce, 22,230 were employed.

    County unemployment rates released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development show unemployment remained below 5 percent in an overwhelming majority of the state’s 95 counties during December 2017.

    The latest statistics also highlight how each county had significantly lower unemployment compared to one year ago.