Today's News


    The Roane County Commission took a step back in time Monday night, meeting in the historic old courthouse for the first time in more than 40 years.

    “Welcome to this great place that served the county for so many years,” Commission chairman Ron Berry announced to the slightly larger than usual number of visitors in the gallery.

  • Suspect wrecks, carjacks vehicle

    Police were looking for a carjacking suspect on Pickard Hollow Road Tuesday afternoon.

    The suspect, who was not identified or reported captured by press time, is believed to be the driver of a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am that was involved in a single-vehicle wreck on Old Harriman Highway.

    The crash was investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. According to Trooper Gary Snow, there were three people in the vehicle when it wrecked around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday.  

  • Flattered customer drives off with Rocky Top nozzle

    Some people forget to close the door to their fuel tank after getting gas.

    On Tuesday morning, not only did Rose Collins forget to close the door, she also forgot to remove the gas pump nozzle.

    She pulled out of the Rocky Top Market on North Kentucky Street with the nozzle still in her fuel tank. She was stopped at a red light about to get on Interstate 40 when the motorist in the vehicle behind her alerted her to the situation. She then drove back to the Rocky Top to return the nozzle, which still had the hose attached to it.    

  • ‘Menace to society’ will remain in jail

    A man who claims he’s been victimized by Larry Matthew Adkisson doesn’t want to see him back on the street.

    “I sleep better when he’s in jail,” Daniel Pipes said.

    Jail is where Adkisson could be staying for a while. Ninth Judicial District Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks revoked his bond during a hearing in Loudon County last week.

    “He was already in custody, but with the revoked bond will remain in custody until trial,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

  • TVA holds annual Sept. 11 service

    TVA employees, local firefighters police officers, and many others gathered Monday to reflect and remember nearly 3,000 victims of the 9/11/2001 massacre.

    Monday’s event was held at the memorial location of the World Trade Center steel beam near the south entrance of the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant.

    Guest speaker Richard Garza, TVA Veterans Chapter president, outlined the tragedy for the crowd, revisiting the day 19 “militant Al Qaeda terrorists infiltrated our country.”

  • Free live music at Princess Theatre

    See four live bands in one night at a free concert on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

    MUDD, Blind Breed, Mulligan’s Match and In Confidence will perform as part of a show sponsored by Roane State Community College’s Arts and Lectures committee.

    Enjoy various modern styles from rock to neo-punk and alt to grunge.

    Doors open at 6 p.m., and the shows start at 7 p.m.

    For more information, contact Casey Cobb at cobbcc@roanestate.edu or 481-2000, ext. 2205.

  • Police catch up to fleeing suspect

    An afternoon foot pursuit on Sept. 8 resulted in the arrest of a man reportedly wanted by authorities. Robert Homer Moore is charged with failure to appear, violation of probation and resisting arrest.

    According to the report, police received information that Moore was at 103 Kingwood St. and he had active warrants.

    “Upon arrival, officers made contact with Mr. Moore,” the report said. “Officers asked Mr. Moore to stop and he began to run from officers. Several commands were given to Mr. Moore to stop and he did not comply.”

  • Free showing of ‘Lincoln’ in Harriman

    A free public showing of the film “Lincoln” is planned during a movie night at the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

    The showing will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15.

    Donations to fund future Roane State Community College Arts and Lectures events are requested.

    “Lincoln,” rated PG-13, explores the tragedy of the Civil War, the carnage of the battlefields, and the many difficult decisions made by one of the country’s most interesting presidents.

  • Young at HEART

    More than 100 senior citizens were treated to demonstrations, health screenings and a light lunch during last week’s Young at Heart Senior Health and Safety Fair at the Kingston Community Center.

    Between the nearly 30 vendors and the spectators, the event was a crowded one.

    “It went very, very well,” said Patriot Homecare Administrator Amanda Best, who coordinated the event. “We had a lot of wonderful vendors, and a lot of positive comments.”

  • No requirement to advertise for budget director

    When the budget director position became open last month, Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he did not consider advertising for the position.

    “For continuity of business, you never see corporations and their top-level management do many advertising of jobs,” he said.

    Kaley Walker served as the county budget director for nearly six years, but she was fired on Aug. 29.

    Woody said his office contacted Connie Aytes about the position a year ago when Walker got another job offer.