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Today's News

  • County could borrow up to $10 million for hefty road repairs

    The Roane County Commission approved borrowing up to $10 million on Monday to fix roads damaged by February’s wet weather.

    “I want to thank each and every county commissioner for doing this,” Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said. “We need this.”

    Ferguson said, “as soon as possible,” when asked how long it will take for the work to start on the roads.

  • Robbery suspects enter plea

    By Richard Evans

    Two people entered plea agreements in connection with a 2018 robbery of the CVS Pharmacy in Harriman.

    On March 15, William Hagan Folger entered a plea agreement with the 9th District Attorney General’s Office.

    William Folger entered a guilty plea to robbery and will be sentenced to eight years in prison with the Tennessee Department of Correction.

    On March 22, Heather Folger also entered a plea agreement with the 9th District Attorney General’s Office.

  • Robbery suspects enter plea

    By Richard Evans

    Two people entered plea agreements in connection with a 2018 robbery of the CVS Pharmacy in Harriman.

    On March 15, William Hagan Folger entered a plea agreement with the 9th District Attorney General’s Office.

    William Folger entered a guilty plea to robbery and will be sentenced to eight years in prison with the Tennessee Department of Correction.

    On March 22, Heather Folger also entered a plea agreement with the 9th District Attorney General’s Office.

  • HPD set to get K9

    By Richard Evans

    During their meeting on Tuesday, April 2, the Harriman City Council approved the purchase of a drug dog for the Harriman Police Department.

    The $9,890 purchase price will be paid out of the department’s drug fund to Highland K-9 in Harmony, N.C.

    That amount also covers three weeks of training as well as lodging, certification and course materials for the handler.

    The program also provides free in-service training and free annual recertification for as long as the department owns the dog.

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  • Adkisson sees even more time for burglary sprees

    This criminal court term hasn’t gone well for convicted felon Larry Adkisson.

    Last month Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks upheld his convictions for theft of property between $10,000 and $60,000 and theft of property between $1,000 and $10,000.

    Last week, Adkisson pleaded guilty to burglary and evading arrest in a separate case and received an additional 12 years in prison.

    His total prison time now sits at 24 years.

    He must serve at least 60 percent of that.

  • Mrs. Tennessee pageant is seeking married beauties

    The 2019 Mrs. Tennessee Pageant, a statewide pageant for married women, will be held the weekend of June 28-30, with finals on Sunday, June 30, at 3 p.m. at Spring Hill Middle School in Spring Hill.

    To qualify, contestants must be at least 18 years of age, married, a resident of her state (residency at a military base or dual-residency is acceptable), and of good moral character.

    Contestants will be judged in four categories including personal interview, beauty, fitness wear, and evening gown, each worth 25 percent of her total score.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: U.S., Latin America have history of peace, conflict

    By Mark Banker

    “Among individuals, as among nations, respect for the rights of others is peace.”

    Mexican president Benito Juarez, spoke these words in the 1860s in response to his nation’s stormy relationship with the United States. Today, Mexicans and Central Americans sense a similar lack of respect.

  • Roane Master Gardeners to hold plant sale

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County will hold its 2019 plant sale and garden show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Kingston City Park, Kingston.

    The Master Gardeners invite the public to join them and browse a selection of plants and one-of-a-kind garden art pieces.

    Vegetables, flowers, herbs and a variety of plants all grown by our Master Gardeners will be offered at the plant sale.

    It’s also a great time to stop by and get gardening questions answered by the experts.

  • Roane Choral to present ‘Gloria, Gloria!’ April 28

    Roane Choral Society will present Gloria, Gloria! at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, in South Harriman Baptist Church.

    This concert features both the classic Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and a modern setting by Mark Hayes while highlighting the stylistic differences of composers from different cultures and eras using the same revered text. The Society will be accompanied by members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and a short mid-concert lecture will be given by Roane State Community College adjunct faculty Amanda Peavyhouse.