Today's News

  • Police say man didn’t deliver on promise to trim trees

    A 49-year-old Harriman man is accused of taking advantage of the elderly.

    Mickey Jason Pressley was arrested last week on one count of financial exploitation of an elderly or vulnerable person.

    According to the warrant, he went to 263 Woodland Drive on May 8, 2017, and met with Jean Sneed.

  • School system to buy Midtown land

    School officials said they will have an answer now when someone asks about the location of a new high school they are planning to build.

    “It’s so much easier when you’re presenting a plan to a funding body to say we have the property,” Roane County Interim Director of Schools Gary Aytes said during last week’s Board of Education meeting.

    During that meeting, the board voted 9-1 to purchase land for the school. The property is located on Hwy. 70 across from Roane County Park.

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  • Dad leaves tot to flee from police

    A father reportedly left his 1-year-old son alone in a vehicle to flee from authorities following a Wednesday morning crash.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 31-year-old David Diebel was behind the wheel of a 2015 Buick Encore that was clocked traveling 91 miles per hour on Interstate 40 near the 356 exit.

    “When lights and sirens were activated in an attempt to stop the vehicle, it immediately took the 356 exit,” the THP report said.

  • 2018 Hauntings to take personal spin

    Eerie experiences in historic Harriman promise to send a shiver down visitors’ spines — and they may even experience a haunting themselves at this year’s Hauntings of Historic Harriman Ghost Tours.

    “I want them to have the feeling before they even take a step toward the tour that they might get to experience a haunting tonight,” said Renka Santos, who is chairing this year’s annual event for the Cornstalk Heights Historic District.

  • REU to demolish downtown buildings

    The remaining structures sharing the block with the new Rockwood Electric Utility offices are on schedule to come down this year.

    The utility purchased the buildings after demolition and construction of their new headquarters damaged the neighboring buildings.

    “I suppose mid-October we will have bids back,” said Kendall Bear, REU manager.

    “I think they’ll start pretty quickly once we get the bids back and approve them. I’d like to be done or on the way to being done at the end of the year.”

  • TVA troubles pitches Harriman, OR in the dark

    From staff reports

    Harriman Utility Board’s service area went dark early Thursday evening because of problems at TVA.

    Officials with TVA said a cross arm at a TVA transmission structure broke at approximately 7:25 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 20, impacting areas in Harriman and Oak Ridge.

    Crews restored power to some areas within 30 minutes and to all affected areas by 8:58 p.m.

    TVA’s transmission personnel are making repairs to the broken structure and work should be completed this weekend.

  • Red Shoes and Rosin key it up to open Music Club season

    Popular string band Red Shoes and Rosin entertained the Harriman Music Club with a cheerful set of melodies at the club’s first program of the 2018-2019 season.

    The beautiful musical performance, which was moved from the David Webb Riverfront Park gazebo because of weather concerns, filled the West Hills Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, where members also feasted on a delicious potluck.

  • 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.