Local News

  • Suit seeks to void city’s annexations

    Retired attorney Gerald Largen offered his legal services years ago to the people of his home community, Emory Gap, when it was under threat of incorporation into the city of Harriman.

    Now he’s taking the city to task for annexing areas such as South Harriman beginning in March 1959.

    In a lawsuit he filed against the city last month, Largen claims that previous annexations were void because Harriman officials at that time jumped across the Emory River to annex into what is known as South Harriman and eventually including what is now Midtown today.

  • Rockwood officers pay respects to NYPD policeman

    Two Rockwood Police Department officers have spent the weekend in New York paying their final respects to a New York Police Department officer who was executed while sitting in his patrol car.

    “I take it as an honor to be able to go and not only represent Rockwood as the police department but to be able to participate in a major event to honor fallen officers,” said Brad Collins.

    He and his fellow Rockwood officer, Brandon Smith, decided to travel to New York to show their support and solidarity during services for Wenjian Liu of the NYPD.

  • 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.