Local News

  • Poplar Creek Road to close

    Motorists who use Poplar Creek Road will soon have to find an alternate route. The road will be shutdown for an extended period of time for repairs beginning Monday, June 3.

    “You will need to give yourself extra time and find an alternate route during this process,” the Roane County Highway department said in a press release. “We apologize for the inconvenience as Poplar Creek Road is being repaired.”

    The shut down on Poplar Creek will occur in the area of the cave that is currently one lane, according to the highway department.

  • Shipwreck to hold block party

    The Kingston City Council recently unanimously voted to allow Shipwreck Diner to close a section of First Street to hold a block party.

    Sara Prinzi, one of the owners of the restaurant, said that positive reaction to a recent shrimp boil event encouraged the restaurant to hold another larger event in the street.

    “We would like to have more room so that people are not crowded into the restaurant,” she said.

    She said that she had spoken to neighbors and determined that were no objections to closing the road.

  • Local law enforcement hold drug awareness program

    The first ever “ROCO Says No” event will be from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in the Harriman High School Gymnasium.

    Harriman Police Chief Baron Tapp said while the event is being hosted in Harriman it’s not just about Harriman — it’s for the greater Roane County area.

    “It’s for anybody who feels like they need help with a drug problem or anybody that has family members or friends they want to try to get help for,” said Tapp.

  • Manager role is up for debate

    By Richard Evans

    During their workshop Tuesday evening, Mayor Wayne Best and the Harriman City Council had an extended discussion about the role and responsibilities of City Manager Kevin Helms.

    Helms was not in attendance for the meeting.

    During a council meeting earlier this month, Best requested the subject be discussed in their monthly workshop.

  • Walmart thief gets $2k cash

    An alleged theft at Walmart resulted in a loss of $2,300 in cash for the store. Rockwood police are investigating.

    According to the report, Walmart manager Traci Seymour approached officers about the incident on May 18.

    “Mrs. Seymour informed myself that there was a theft of $2,300,” officer Patrick Reichard wrote in the report.

  • Task force on judicial districts hear call to leave districts untouched

    Leave our district alone.

    The state’s Advisory Task Force on Composition of Judicial Districts heard that a lot on Monday.

    “We ask that you leave the Third (Judicial District) just like it is,” Third Judicial District Chancellor Douglas T. Jenkins said.

    That was a common theme among the people who addressed the task force during its Eastern Division public hearing at Roane State Community College.

  • Hickman leaves rec

    By Richard Evans

    Allen Hickman has stepped down as director of parks and recreation for the city of Harriman.

    City Manager Kevin Helms said Hickman turned in his letter of resignation Friday afternoon.

    “I was a bit surprised. I’ve enjoyed working with Allen. I think he has a true passion for our community so I hate to see him go in that respect. I think he will still be involved with the community. I think that’s something we can still look forward to,” he said.

  • Ellis calls for state speaker to step down

    Republican State Executive Committeeman Randy Ellis of Harriman joined a chorus of people calling for House Speaker Glen Casada to resign.

    “The continued drama involving speaker Casada has quickly turned into a national embarrassment,” he said in a prepared statement on Monday. “It’s time for the speaker to step aside and allow for new leadership.”

    Ellis and others got what they were hoping for as it was reported Tuesday morning that Casada would resign from his post.