Local News

  • Riverfront Park slated for new playground equipment

    The aging playground equipment at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park will be replaced this fiscal year.

    Harriman City Council voted to allow City Manager Kevin Helms to pursue the issue, and he said he may look at existing bids between companies and local governments.

    “I think it is something we need to do,” Council member Ken Mynatt said.

    “If we’re working with broken equipment down there, then we have the possibility of a child being injured down there and we don’t want that to happen.”

  • New November trial date for Leon Houston

    Leon Houston was arraigned again on Friday on a charge that he used interstate commerce to make a death threat against his former attorney.

    He pleaded not guilty.

    He was scheduled to stand trial on Sept. 29, but U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. granted his motion for a continuance, and set the new tentative trial date for Nov. 17.

    Houston was convicted in the case in November 2013 and given a five-year prison sentence.

  • ACT scores up in Roane

    The average ACT score for Roane County students increased from 18.8 in 2014 to 19.0 in 2015. The slight uptick didn’t satisfy Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes.

    “It’s not where we want to be,” he said. “We want to go much higher than that. We’re looking for a better increase next year.”

    Aytes said the type of students taking the test today is different than it was in years past.

  • New Harriman children’s librarian combines passions

    Stories, arts and crafts, and music.

    That’s what’s in store every Wednesday from 11 a.m. until noon at Harriman Public Library, as new children’s librarian Connie Massingill hosts a preschool reading program.

    “I love children and I love books. Children and books are my two favorite things,” Massingill said.

    “The children have a lot of fun, and hopefully they learn to love books. They learn letters and math, and they learn to get along with others. We want them to know that the library can be fun.”

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  • Rosado reports to jail to begin her five-year prison sentence

    Tammy Rosado reported to the Roane County Jail on Monday to begin serving her five-year prison sentence for killing James Cobb.

    She pleaded guilty in the case on July 27, but Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen allowed her to remain free until Monday, when she was required to report to the Roane County Jail. According to jail records, Rosado was booked at 7:37 p.m.

    “It’s been a long time coming,” Cobb’s daughter Ashley Griffith said. “I just wish she had more time.”

  • Roane Drug Take-Back Day Sept. 26

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back on Sept. 26.

    Capt. Tim Hawn said people can drop off their unused or unwanted prescription medicines at the Walgreens in Midtown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    “We don’t question people where it came from or anything like that,” Hawn said.

    The Drug Enforcement Administration partners with law enforcement agencies around the country for National Prescription Drug Take-Back.

  • Public records access fees ‘akin to a poll tax’

    Tennesseans are fired up about a proposal in the General Assembly to charge for the inspection of public records.

    A public hearing on the issue held in Knoxville was standing room only Tuesday.

    “We appreciate this tremendous turnout,” Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Chief of Staff Jason Mumpower told the crowd.

    The Knoxville hearing was one of three held around the state this week to get public feedback on the issue.

  • Utility work on Devonia continues

    Harriman Utility Board continues to do utility work on Devonia Street and nearby roads.

    “We have a contractor who has been replacing water lines on Silura and Devonia streets,” HUB manager Bill Young said Thursday.

    “Today they are working on the tie-in at Roane Street,” he added.

    “HUB crews have been doing some work in conjunction with this project,” Young added.

    In addition to water lines, HUB has worked on the sewer on Devonia and replaced a section of gas line on Queen Street.

  • Driver training in store for crews

    In a prepared statement released Tuesday afternoon, Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson indicated more training is in store for his employees who drive vehicles.

    “Our employees drive thousands of miles a year, and safety is always our No. 1 concern,” the statement said.

    “In addition to the appropriate licensing by the state, we are in the process of adopting additional training for all of our employees,” Ferguson continued in the statement.