Local News

  • Harriman eyes moving to new location for municipal offices

    By Richard Evans

    During their workshop Tuesday evening, the Harriman City Council discussed the potential move of city hall and the anticipated demolition of a portion of the old Harriman Hospital.

    Mayor Wayne Best said the city has expressed interest to Covenant Health for the vacant medical office building across Roane Street from the old hospital but to date has heard nothing from them.

    He said he would get in contact with them this week and check on the status of the offer.

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  • A View From Lick Skillet: Will any Republican present a “Profile in Courage?”

    Gentle Reader: You are on the threshold of witnessing one of the seminal moments in American history, during which you will see the Republic strengthen and regain its rightful place in the pantheon of democracy, or contrariwise witness another step backwards into a state of oligarchical domination. The principal players in this drama of national destiny are those persons who are partisans of the Republican Party organization.

  • Trustee to open Saturday for property tax payments

    The Roane County Trustee’s Office at the Roane County Courthouse will be open from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 23.

    “Hopefully a bunch of people will come in on Saturday,” Trustee Chris Mason said.

    “The more people that come in on Saturday, that’s less that will come in next week.”

    The deadline to pay 2018 property taxes without penalty is Feb. 28.

    The Trustee’s Office usually sees long lines the last week of February, with people looking to get their taxes paid before the deadline.

  • Train strikes parked car, driver killed

    A Rockwood man was killed when his vehicle was struck by a train at the railroad crossing on Mountain View Road near midnight Friday, Feb. 15.

    The preliminary incident report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol indicated Jesse E. Shipwash, 28, of Rockwood, was parked on the tracks in a 2010 Hyundai Accent when struck by a northbound train on the Norfolk Southern railway line.

    “The Train sounded all proper warning signals, horns, and lights as it approached the railroad crossing at Mountain View Rd.,” reported Trooper Nathaniel Crow.

  • Where does Roane go from here without school merger?

    The Roane County Board of Education may stay the course on its plan to build a new consolidated high school.

    “As a board member you have to make the decision is the plan you presented to County Commission the best one,” longtime member Mike “Brillo” Miller said. “If you feel like it’s the best one then I think it’s your obligation as a school board member to stay with the plan you presented.”

  • Serial burglar up for parole

    Serial burglar Timothy Fink is already up for parole.

    According to the Tennessee Department of Correction website, he has a parole hearing scheduled for March 14.

    On July 2, 2018, Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks ordered Fink to serve 12 years in the Tennessee Department of Correction for a burglary spree he admitted to committing.

    Fink, 38, was sentenced as a Range 1 standard offender, which means he would have to do 30 percent of his time before becoming parole eligible.

  • Harriman may demo part of old hospital, sell others

    By Richard Evans

    Harriman is moving toward demolishing the old section of the former Harriman Hospital to make it more appealing to potential buyers.

    Mayor Wayne Best said the city is currently working on the environmental impact study.

    “That’s what we’re working on right now. We’ve got to get it done,” he said.

  • Pattersons Home Appliance founder dies at age of 94

    By Richard Evans

    Don Patterson, a longtime Harriman business owner, passed away Tuesday at Roane Medical Center.

    Patterson founded Patterson Home Appliances in Harriman in 1965 after working in Oak Ridge following World War II.

    He later passed the business over to his son Steve,and grandson Mark has now taken over leadership at the company.

    He was 94 years old. Funeral arrangements were pending as of press time.