Today's News

  • General Sessions Court: June 11-15, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    June 11 — Sara Lowe, worthless checks $1,000-$10,000. Dismissed.

    •  Douglas Mann, domestic assault. Dismissed, cost to defendant.

    • Kindra Lee Martin, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Amanda D. McCarter-Jones, probation violation. Guilty.

  • The Garden Gate: Veggie eating law of the land in ancient Rome

    Everyone knows how important vegetables, greens and fruits are to our nutritional well being.

    We should give ourselves credit for having this knowledge — and for having the good sense to make salads an important part of every good dinner.

    It is nice to know that the ancient Romans felt just as smug about their nutritional expertise, since they also felt that a salad was an essential part of a good dinner.

    In fact, it was actually a matter of law. Romans were compelled to eat salads and greens.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Aug. 1

    25 Years Ago
    The unemployment rate for Roane County rose to 6.6 percent. Even so, a study ranked Roane County 28th out of 95 counties in terms of economical health. Eight economic and demographic variables were taken into consideration, and the outcome was considered a better indicator of economic health than any single variable such as unemployment.

    10 Years Ago

  • Jackets finish 5th in world series

    The Kingston AA All-Stars made history Monday as the Jackets finished a great Dixie Youth season with a fifth place finish in the Dixie Youth AA Regional World Series played in Powhatan, Va.

  • FSA committee nominations to end Wednesday

    Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers have until Aug. 1 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on Farm Service Agency county committees.

    “County committees play a vital role in the administration of federal farm programs and the positive effect they have on rural communities,” said   Linda Tipton of the USDA’s Roane/Loudon County Farm Service Agency.

  • HPD plans National Night Out activities

    Harriman Police Department is calling this year’s National Night Out celebration “a good night to get to know your neighbors and give crime a going-away party.”

    The event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 7 at Harriman Riverfront Park.

  • Mullins paid campaign, but not taxes

    Republican road superintendent candidate Brian Mullins has given his campaign $7,000 since February, according to financial disclosure records.
    At the same time, thousands of dollars he owes Roane County in taxes have continued to go unpaid.
    Mullins didn’t return phone calls on Friday, but he was forthcoming about his unpaid taxes when interviewed earlier this month.  
    “It’s all the truth,” he said. “There’s no denying it. I do owe some taxes, and I’ve got a plan working to get it done.”

  • Shooting leaves 1 hurt, 1 charged

    Harriman police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a woman accused of shooting a 28-year-old man in the chest last week.

    Chris Watters was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville via Lifestar late Tuesday afternoon.

    Less than 24 hours later, he was out of the hospital and sharing his story with Harriman Police Detective Jason Joseph.

    “Another quarter inch I would have bled out in less than 30 seconds,” Watters said before going to speak with investigators Wednesday.

  • HARRIMAN CITY COUNCIL RACE: Recreation, revitalization key issues

    Signs and campaign stumping might be rare in a city election involving one council seat that is only a partial term.

    It’s the case, however, in Harriman, where four candidates have covered the city in signs and canvassed neighborhoods asking for votes.

  • Student break-in case continuing

    The criminal case pending against Courtney Marie Thomas in Monroe County General Sessions Court was continued last week.

    Thomas, 18, is charged with aggravated burglary.

    She allegedly broke into the Sweetwater home of former Harriman High School boys basketball coach Jeff King.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said his office is investigating whether King had an inappropriate relationship with Thomas, who attended Harriman.