Local News

  • Paper mill fading from Emory banks

    Only the footprint of buildings remains at the former home of a paper mill in Harriman.

    Officials toured the paper mill site this week to see how the property is progressing, and to dream about what the recreational opportunities could be at the property if the city eventually takes ownership.

    “I hope I make it to see it all come together. It can be a beautiful place and a help to this city,” said Howard Galyon.


    Marilyn Lloyd, the first woman elected to represent Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives, passed away this week.

    Lloyd, a Chattanooga Democrat, served in the House from 1975-95. She represented Roane County as part of her 3rd District.

    Current 3rd District Congressman Chuck Fleischmann thanked Lloyd for her service.

  • Ash spill cleanup suit to head to trial next month

    Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan issued a 31-page ruling in the ash spill cleanup civil case on Wednesday.

    The spill occurred at the Kingston Fossil Plant on Dec. 22, 2008. TVA hired Jacobs Engineering Group to oversee the cleanup.

    Dozens of people who worked, or had family members who worked on the project, are suing Jacobs in federal court. They claim continuous exposure to hazardous substances associated with fly ash caused them pulmonary injuries, leukemia, sinus and skin problems.

  • Suspect stashes electronics cache in lamp box, pays $7

    Someone made off with nearly $4,000 worth of electronics from Walmart on Saturday.

    Rockwood police were dispatched to the store at 7:18 p.m. to look into the theft.

    “When I arrived I spoke with the complainant/asset protection manager Mrs. Traci Seymour and her associate Ms. Lyndsey Melton,” Officer Charles Haubrich wrote in the report.

  • Taser doesn’t phase suspect

    Miles Ledbetter, a 39-year-old South of the River man, didn’t go quietly when police showed up to arrest him on an aggravated assault warrant. According to an incident report, he refused commands and continued to be combative after he was shot with a Taser.

    “It does concern you when you have to utilize one and it doesn’t affect that person,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.

  • OS library awarded construction grant

    Oliver Springs will be the recipient of a state construction grant for the Oliver Springs Public Library.

    The grant, not to exceed $34,435, must be used for the proposed project to renovate the library building.

    “We had some issues with handicap access. The grant allowed us to put in a wheelchair lift ,” said Oliver Springs Mayor Cecil Crowe.

    The library, located in the former train depot, also needed work on the heating and cooling system. Energy-efficient lighting was also installed, Crowe said.

  • Child support changes afoot

    Changes could be coming to the state’s child support system.

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services is holding an open forum in Knoxville on Sept. 27 to get public input about the proposed changes.

    “Parents, caretakers, and other interested parties are invited,” the notice said.

    The forum is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the DHS Family Assistance Office at 2700 Middlebrook Pike, Suite 200, Knoxville. There is no charge for parking.

  • Harriman woman killed in car crash

    A car crash over the weekend claimed the life of an elderly Harriman woman.

    The crash happened on Hwy. 27 around 9 p.m. on Sunday.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 74-year-old Joyce E. Fain was a passenger in a 2013 Nissan Altima driven by 76-year-old Joyce A. Branam.

    Branam was making a left turn onto Ridgecrest Road from Hwy. 27. She turned in front of a 1996 Honda Civic driven by a 17-year-old.

    The impact pushed the Altima off the road and over an embankment.

    Fain, who had a Harriman address, was killed.

  • Get ready to pay more for power

    Electric customers in Roane County will see an increase in their rates beginning Oct. 1.

    Harriman Utility Board manager Candace Vannasdale said the rate increase to HUB customers reflects changes by TVA and also will cover rising expenses experienced by the utility.

    HUB’s average residential electric customers will see an increase of $6.76 on their power bill each month beginning Oct. 1.