Local News

  • End of a Harriman era: Harmon closing up shop after 51 years at H.G. Furniture

    One of Harriman’s longest-operated businesses is closing its doors.

    H.G. Furniture’s windows are adorned with going-out-of-business signs.

    The Trenton Street fixture will be open at least until the end of January.

    “We have been here 51 years, and I’m 87 years old,” said owner James “Dub” Harmon.

    He said he’ll miss his many customers, for whom he is grateful for their dedicated patronage over the years.

  • Pair charged with child abuse on Christmas

    Rockwood police arrested a man and a woman on Christmas after they were allegedly found intoxicated inside a convenience store with a baby.

    Thomas Ray Johnson, 32, and Kimberly Denise Dagnan, 31, were charged with child abuse and neglect and public intoxication in the incident.

    Police said they also notified child protective services about the incident.

    According to the arrest warrant, Rockwood police were dispatched to the Rocky Top Market on a complaint about two intoxicated people inside the store.

  • OS wanting more time to file answer to sewer plant suit

    Oliver Springs officials have asked for more time to answer a lawsuit over its sewer plant.

    David J. Chamblee Sr., Sally Chamblee Lovin and Willa M. Chamblee Humphreys sued the town in November in Roane County Circuit Court, alleging sewage from the plant routinely flows on their property at 331 Bennett Road.

    Attorney Nicholas H. Armes is representing Oliver Springs.

    He filed a motion on Dec. 16 asking that the town be given additional days to respond to the lawsuit.

  • Apartment complex proposal for Roane Regional scrapped

    The Roane Alliance President and CEO Wade Creswell said plans to build an apartment complex in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park have been scuttled.

    “The IDB (Industrial Development Board) looked at the possibility in response to an inquiry from a developer, but ultimately decided that the existing park covenants do not allow for residential use,” Creswell said Friday.

    Roane Regional Business and Technology Park is in East Roane County off Interstate


  • Comcast doing ‘walkout’ for cable possibility

    Some Merriwater Home Park residents are unhappy about the lack of cable TV in their subdivision, and they want Comcast to do something about it.

    Arthur S. Copcutt said his subdivision off Lawnville Road east of Kingston meets requirements to have service extended to the area.

    “I’ve gotten a copy of the franchise agreement that says if there’s at least 25 residents within a one-mile area from the last connection, they’re supposed to be able to get it,” Copcutt said.

  • Sophistication, fun on tap for Roane State’s ‘Downton Abbey’ high tea

    Roane State Community College supporters can imagine being special guests at a British country manor as they partake in Roane State Foundation’s Upstairs/Downstairs High Tea.

    “Our high tea will feature sophistication and fun,” said event organizer Cindy Whaley.

    “Plus, we will support a great cause by raising funds for student scholarships,” she added.

    “The Roane State Foundation cordially invites you to join us for a spot of tea on Jan. 24.”

  • Worker claims ash spill cleanup caused leukemia

    A Knox County man is suing Jacobs Engineering Group in Roane County Circuit Court, alleging the company caused him to contract leukemia by lying to him about the safety of fly ash at the TVA ash spill cleanup site.

    Bill Rose, 8120 E. Emory Road, Corryton, wants $10 million.

    Jacobs has yet to file an answer to the lawsuit.

    Rose is also suing Titan Excavating & Grading LLC and Jay H. Crippen.

    Crippen is the president of Titan, according to the lawsuit.


    Authorities were on the lookout for a lion last month after a woman reported seeing one in her yard on Lakeshore Vista Drive.

    The home is near Tiger Haven, a big-cat sanctuary that houses tigers, lions, leopards and cougars.

    The search appeared to be on the wrong track, however, county officials said.

    “It definitely was not a cat and it was not a cat from their (Tiger Haven) place,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.

  • State details tax assessor’s multiple issues

    The county now has in hand a letter from a state official expressing “serious concerns” about Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan’s ability to complete an acceptable reappraisal on time.

    Don Osborne, the director of assessments and field operations for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Property Assessments had already notified the State Board of Equalization about Roane County’s current state of noncompliance on the 2015 reappraisal.

  • Park’s disc golf pulling in people

    The Wilsons, party of nine, traveled all the way from Crossville just to partake in disc golf offered at Roane County Park.

    “Our park doesn’t have one and there is nothing else to do,” Rachel Wilson, mother of eight, said.

    The family first got introduced to the game a couple months ago as her oldest son played it away at college.

    “We liked it a lot so went out and bought more Frisbees today,” Rachel said.