Today's News

  • Dreams catapult Harkness from Harriman to big leagues at ESPN

    Dream big.

    Lewis Harkness said that's his message to young people growing up in Harriman.

    “Just because you’re from a real small town in Tennessee doesn't mean you can't end up somewhere big,” he said.

    Harkness knows from experience. The Harriman native is a studio director for ESPN in Bristol, Conn.

    “Everybody doesn't get a chance to work for ESPN,” said his father, Lee Harkness. “We're real proud of him.”

  • Lonely man goes after his grandma

    A Roane County man told police he tried to assault his grandmother because he can’t find a girlfriend.

    Mark Anthony Ferguson, 28, was charged with domestic assault on Jan. 14. His grandmother, Jeanette Ferguson, reportedly told police he was trying to get in her bedroom.

    “Ms. Ferguson states that she keeps her door barricaded with objects so Mark can’t get in,” a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report said.

  • Pinnacle Drive to open to nearby property

    Pinnacle Drive is yet another step closer to being opened to a parcel neighboring the Pinnacle Pointe development.

    Harriman City Council last week approved second reading of an ordinance to eminent domain an embankment to allow for the roadway’s access to a property, making it appealing to development in the growing Midtown area.

    Property owner Robert Bowen has appealed to city officials many times over the past several years because a number of interested parties have looked elsewhere due to lack of access to the shopping complex.

  • Leon Houston staying behind bars

    U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. ruled last week that Leon Houston must remain behind bars while his federal firearms case is pending.

    Defense attorney Joseph Fanduzz argued for release with conditions.

    “There are no conditions that could reasonably assure the safety of the community,” Shirley said.

    Leon Houston, 54, and his younger brother, Rocky Houston, 52, were arrested this month on federal firearms charges.

    Rocky Houston faces 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.

  • Sex offenders found with guns, making meth

    Derrick Swenson, a senior inspector with the U.S. Marshals Service, said it’s not uncommon to find weapons and narcotics when conducting compliance checks on sex offenders.

    That turned out to be the case earlier this month when the marshals teamed up with local law enforcement for Operation Honey Badger.

    Four sex offenders were arrested. Authorities checked on 80 during the three-day operation.

    Tony Andrew Collier and Daniel Leon Fritts were arrested for being in possession of firearms.

  • Bridge under flooding waters

    Roane County dodged the snowstorm bullet that struck other portions of East Tennessee late last week, but the county wasn’t immune from heavy rains and the ensuing flooding.

    Roane County Park, closed due to downed trees on Thursday, still had parts underwater on Friday, including a wooden footbridge along its popular walking trail.

    Friday’s sunshine was a welcome respite from the days of damp, dreary weather earlier in the week.

  • Harriman opts for mediation in shopping center litigation

    Harriman attorney Harold Balcom recommends mediation, not arbitration, to try to reach a settlement of Pinnacle Pointe conflicts between city officials and developers Steve Kirkham and Jerry Duncan.

    “The reality is in mediation, if you reach agreement, then you put that down in a court order and it’s binding,” Balcom explained.

  • Arrests: Jan. 7-11, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Jan. 7 —  Charles Lee Lampson, 22, 1462 Riggs Chapel Road, Harriman: failure to appear. No bond; court date Feb. 11.

    • Levi Thomas Massey, 31, 437 W. Rockwood St., Rockwood: violation of probation. Bond $30,000; court date Feb. 4.

    • Jeff Treadway McFalls, 32, 804 N. Wilder, Rockwood: public intoxication. Bond $1,000; court date Feb. 25.

  • General Sessions Court: Oct. 29, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Oct. 29 — Russell Thomas Jr., resist stop, arrest, search no weapon. Guilty. Obedience to police officers, disorderly conduct, evading arrest, assault attempt, vandalism up to $500, public intoxication. Dismissed.

    • Samantha M. Mee, driving while license revoked. Dismissed.

    • Whitney A. Brackins, theft up to $500. Guilty.

  • Spurgeon, Stickrod sign with national champs

    Thursday was a big day for Roane County High School seniors Lindsey Stickrod and Sydney Spurgeon as both Lady Jacket softball stars signed scholarship papers with defending NJCCAA national champion Chattanooga State.
    “I’m extremely happy,” Stickrod said after the signing. “Chattanooga State has a small campus, which is what I like, and I also have family there so that will be nice.”