Local News

  • Harriman paving to commence in spring

    Harriman hopes to be on the schedule for paving in early spring.

    City Manager Kevin Helms hopes to have everything prepared and bids in so the city will be early on the companies’ schedule.

    “Are you all still determining what roads will be paved? Will that be brought to Council?” asked Councilman Wayne Best.

    Helms said they are trying to finalize a spreadsheet of data being used, which considers the roads’ width, length as well as traffic count.

  • Burglary suspect’s stint in rehab fails to make impression on judge

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen wasn’t in a sympathetic mood Monday afternoon.

    “I don’t care what good you’ve done,” he told defendant Jeremiah McClure. “It doesn’t make up for what bad you’ve done.”

    McClure went on a crime spree in the fall of 2014 and faced a number of charges because of it. They included four counts of aggravated burglary, three counts of theft from $1,000 to $10,000, two counts of theft from $500 to $1,000, one count of theft from $10,000 to $60,000 and one count of theft under $500.

  • Harriman fire personnel give smoke alarms personal TLC

    Harriman residents may soon get a knock on their doors from Harriman firefighters.

    It’s part of a door-to-door initiative the department is endeavoring to help protect residents.

    “We are going to go by and offer to check their smoke alarms,” said interim chief Brad Daniels.

    They’ll have batteries for smoke alarms, some smoke alarms to give out, and information about smoke alarms and escape routes.

    If someone isn’t home, they’ll also have door hangers to leave with information.

  • Harriman police latest to add on body cameras

    Harriman Police Department will soon have body cameras on its officers.

    “Ours are going to be really nice as far as collecting” video and audio, said Police Chief Randy Heidle.

    The cameras are designed to be tamper-proof.

    Harriman City Council voted to allow them to use $10,710 in drug fund money to purchase 24 cameras.

    That will equip every full-time officer with a camera as well as provide two cameras for reserve officers.

    In the near future the city will also be purchasing several new patrol cars.

  • Tiger Haven fence compromise feasible

    Roane County Attorney Greg Leffew met with Tiger Haven officials recently and told Roane County Commission members on Monday there is potential for a settlement over the controversy involving a fence.

    “What was offered to us and what we discussed at this meeting was an agreement where there would be no expansion of tigers onto any of the other parcels that they own, and the fence would be inspected by TWRA (Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency) as a perimeter fence,” Leffew said.

  • Fire damages dwelling in Harriman

    Harriman Fire Department fought a structure fire that heavily damaged the rear of a residence.

    The fire was at 12:38 a.m. Nov. 5 at 415 Carter Ave. in a residence converted into two apartments. It appears it may have started around the fuse box.

    “It is ruled undetermined right now,” said interim fire chief Brad Daniels. “We didn’t see anything suspicious.”

    Residents of both apartments were not home, according to Daniels.

  • Bomb aimed at trio killed two, but made life-saving arm cauterization

    Tom Pemberton doesn’t consider himself a hero.

    A lot of others would disagree. The 91-year-old Rockwood resident is a World War II veteran who is loved by nearly all he has come in contact with over the years.

    Pemberton was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Pacific campaign late in the war.

    Joining the Marines was a dream come true for Pemberton.

    He graduated Rockwood High School in 1943, and signed up for service even before he had a diploma in his hand.

  • Troops at threat even in times of peace

    American troops risk their lives across the globe, even in peacetime.

    In the early morning hours of Oct. 23, 1983, 241 U.S. military personnel died during peackeeping efforts in Beirut, Lebanon, when a truck bomb exploded at the building housing Marines.

    Ralph Kelly Proffitt of Rockwood was one of the Marines stationed there the day the bombing took place, with the roof collapsing on troops.

    “I lost a lot of friends that day that were brothers,” he said last week. “It is just not something you ever forget.

  • Kingston veteran featured in ‘Heroes’ book

    Kingston veteran Melvin Page is featured in a new book entitled “Conversations with Vietnam Heroes.”

    “Melvin Page could be president because of the way he’s led his life,” author Mack Payne said during an interview on Friday.

    Nine Vietnam veterans share their stories with Payne in the book, which went on sale on Amazon last week.

    Page is featured in Chapter 2.

  • Collier chosen to fill late husband’s Commission seat

    The Roane County Commission picked Peggy Collier to fill the vacancy created by the passing of her husband.

    “I could never be the same commissioner he was, but I can do the best that I can do,” she said.

    Bobby Collier died on Sept. 30. He served on the Commission for 17 years.

    The Commission gave notice last month that it planned to fill the District 6 seat at Monday’s regular meeting.

    Peggy Collier and James Owens were the only two who applied.