Today's News

  • Businessman pleads guilty to 3 counts of sales tax evasion

    William Edward “Eddie” Lee pleaded guilty to three counts of sales tax evasion in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday.

    Lee owns Big E’s Quick Mart in Rockwood, the Go Mart in Harriman and Big E’s Tobacco Outlet in Kingston.

    He entered a guilty plea for each business.

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen sentenced Lee, 44, to eight years probation. Lee was granted judicial diversion.

    He was also ordered to pay $280,752.52 to the state of Tennessee in restitution.  

  • Dyllis Springs: Students help cut ribbon to open school that arose from the ashes

    Breelyn Woodward loves everything about Dyllis Springs Elementary School.

    “She just hates that she has to leave it after this year,” grandmother Vickie Gouge said.   

    Breelyn, a fourth grader, and Kansas Butler, a pre-K student, helped officials celebrate the completion of Roane County’s newest school.

  • Lower school pupil numbers concern Harriman leaders

    Dwindling numbers of students attending schools in Harriman has not escaped the notice of city leaders.

    In response, Harriman City Council members may appeal to the Roane County Board of Education to redistrict the school system so that an even distribution of students are enrolled at the schools.

  • Race is on for Storm the Fort

    Most people would consider the notion of swimming, then biking and running in the late-August heat to the point of exhaustion a perfectly miserable way to spend a day.

    To the 132 participants in last year’s Storm the Fort Triathlon, it was just perfect. Or at least that was tenor of feedback that Kingston Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross got at the conclusion of the city’s first triathlon event.

  • Bug may stymie brush situation

    Brush piling higher and higher at the city property known as the Harriman Industrial Park near Fiske Heights continues to bug Harriman officials.

    But what really bugs them is an insect that prevents the city from chipping the brush and giving it away or selling it for mulch.

    The brush at the site is collected by street department crews from city property and from residents requesting roadside pickup of yard debris, particularly after foul weather.

  • Man jailed for hurling puppy from vehicle

    Jack Lee Chesser Jr. was arrested on Thursday for cruelty to animals.

    A witness told police he saw Chesser throw a puppy out of a moving truck.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, the witness retrieved the puppy and drove to Ladd Landing, where he saw the truck.

  • Princess on parade at street fest

    Downtown Harriman will again be the place to be when enjoying a day off work on Labor Day.

    The Hooray for Harriman Labor Day street festival will kick off at 10 a.m. Sept. 3 with more music and entertainment than ever. A stage outside and entertainment in the Princess Theatre makes it an ideal time for those who haven’t yet gotten a peek in the historic building or just seeking a cool place to listen to good music.

    The festival ends as usual at 6 p.m.

  • Lookout Valley spoils Green Wave opener, 24-0

    It was white-out night for the Midway Green Wave as they opened the season against visiting Lookout Valley Friday night, and while the Green Wave did open with a better effort than last season’s opener at Lookout Valley, they still could not pull out a win as Lookout Valley left Roane County with a 24-0 victory. 

  • Monterey downs Harriman, 26-7

    The Harriman Blue Devils were left singing the blues Friday night, giving up 355 yards on the ground en route to a 26-7 season opening loss to the Monterey Wildcats.

  • Turnovers doom Tigers in 41-14 loss

    The Rockwood Tigers went through two preseason scrimmages and the 2012 Roane County Jamboree without turning the ball over.