Local News

  • HUB among targets of an email hoax

    By Richard Evans

    The Harriman Utility Board was one of many targets of an apparent email bomb threat hoax on Thursday.

    Businesses and utilities across the state and nation received an email threatening to blow up their building unless they sent $20,000 in bitcoin to an address linked in the email.

    Candace Vannasdale, general manager of HUB, said as soon as the email was received they reported it to the Harriman Police Department.

    Harriman Police and the Roane County Sheriff’s Office responded immediately.

  • Kingston approves improvements to Dogwood Drive

    The Kingston City Council on Tuesday voted 4-3 to approve a resolution to enter into an agreement with Tennessee Department of Transportation for improvements to Dogwood Drive.

    The project would require Kingston to borrow about $850,000.

    Officials said the loan would not require a tax increase.

    Council members Wiley Brackett, Tony Brown, Tara Stockton and Becky Humphreys voted for the proposal, with council members Stephanie Wright, Randy Childs and Mayor Tim Neal voting against.

  • Wilson faces federal child porn charges

    An Oliver Springs man is now facing federal charges for his alleged involvement in child pornography.

    A federal grand jury indicted David Tyler Wilson earlier this month on two counts of production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Next week begins Christmas/New Year hiatus

    Gentle reader, inasmuch as this column is being published in mid-December, we were of two minds about writing it. As long-time readers will recall, we have always taken a hiatus for the holidays, usually of three weeks, and we considered beginning those three weeks this year with this particular week, but a couple of things caused us to decide to go ahead with a column this week, and take off the next three weeks.

  • Earthquake shakes up area

    By Richard Evans

    Some Roane County residents felt the earth move under their feet early Wednesday — and it was not their imagination.

    The National Geological Survey reported a 4.4 magnitude earthquake took place near Decatur shortly after 4 a.m. Several aftershocks measuring 3.3, 1.4, and 1.3 were also recorded, with the final aftershock coming nearly an hour and a half after the earthquake.

  • Harriman man admits his guilt in gas station robbery

    A Harriman man is scheduled to be sentenced in March for robbing a gas station in 2017.

    Jamie Eugene Poland appeared before Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to one count of robbery, which is a Class C felony.

    Poland reached a plea deal with prosecutors and agreed to a four-year sentence with the manner of service to be determined by Wicks at next year’s sentencing hearing.

    Poland only made off with $70 when he robbed the Rocky Top Market at 102 N. Roane St., Harriman, on April 23, 2017.

  • Follow these fire safety tips

    To decrease the risk of a home fire, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds consumers that popular holiday decorations, like candles and string lights, can cause tragedy when not used properly.

    From 2013-2017 in Tennessee, candles were reported to have caused 385 residential structure fires, eight civilian deaths, 28 civilian injuries, six firefighter injuries and $13 million in fire loss. Of those 41 percent of candle fires started in bedrooms and candles starting fires were too close to combustibles 46 percent of the time.

  • Stout steps down as OES director

    Scott Stout will be stepping down as director of the Office of Emergency Services at the end of the month. Roane County Executive Ron Woody informed the County Commission about the move on Monday.

    “This is something that happened the latter part of last week,” Woody told Commission.

    “Scott Stout our OES director, he chose to retire early – wish we all could do that – at the end of the month.”

    When discussing the matter on Wednesday, Woody called it a resignation instead of a retirement.

  • Suspect in 2017 home invasion, other crimes enters guilty plea

    Jordan Taylor Crabtree decided not to fight the cases he has pending in Roane County Criminal Court.

    The 20-year-old appeared before Judge Jeff Wicks on Tuesday and pleaded guilty in three of them.

    “Is there anything about this agreement that you don’t understand?” Wicks asked.

    “No, sir,” Crabtree responded.

    One of the cases involved a home invasion and robbery from 2017, in which a woman was reportedly struck with a baseball bat and suffered a broken arm.