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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.