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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Restoration to honor their service
  • 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.

  • H.T. Hackney hit with state penalty

    One of Roane County’s largest industries was fined last month.

    According to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, H.T. Hackney failed to conduct a system test for a suspected release.

    TDEC Underground Storage Tank Division Director Stanley R. Boyd, acting on behalf of Commissioner Shari Meghreblian, levied a $2,400 civil penalty against Hackney for the violation.

  • Cities represented on budget committee

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody received unanimous support for his budget committee recommendations last week.

    “I’m happy with the makeup of the budget committee,” he said.

    In addition to Woody, the new committee will consist of Commissioners Mike Hooks, Darryl Meadows, Allen Hickman and Ben Wilson.

  • Pumphouse land owner casts eye toward Rockwood

    From staff reports

    A man who owns property off Pumphouse Road may soon be calling himself a Rockwood resident.

    Matthew L. Pittman asked city officials to annex his parcel into the city limits, and Rockwood City Council approved resolutions to annex the parcel and provide a plan of service for the parcel at their August meeting.

    They’ll take final action to make it official at their meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24.

  • RSCC screening suicide prevention awareness film

    Roane State Community College is participating in Suicide Prevention Awareness Month with a variety of events, including a free screening of a highly acclaimed documentary titled “The ‘S’ Word.”

    “Unfortunately, right now you hear so much about suicide,” Roane State Dean of Students Brenda Rector said. “We lose some 1,000 Tennesseans each year to suicide, and that’s just not acceptable.”

  • Police say teen tried to set girl on fire

    A Rockwood teen is accused of pouring lighter fluid on his girlfriend and threatening to set her on fire.

    Kenneth Samuel Messimer, 18, is charged with aggravated domestic assault in the incident. He turned himself in at the Roane County Jail on Sept. 10.

    “He was showing one active warrant out of Roane County General Sessions Court for the offense of aggravated domestic assault,” the arrest report said. “The warrant was originally reported by Sgt. Dwayne Gray of the Rockwood Police Department.”

  • Morgan deputy’s badge found during Rockwood traffic stop

    Drugs along with a Morgan County sheriff’s deputy badge were found during a traffic stop in Rockwood this month. The occupants of the vehicle, passenger Stephanie Lynn Foland and driver Jeffrey Wade Hinds, are facing charges in the incident.

    According to the report, Hinds and Foland were in a Mitsubishi Galant that was stopped at the intersection of Wilder and Bates on Sept. 9.