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Today's News

  • Firefighters spruce up park memorial

    Progress is steadily being made on the Harriman Fire Department memorial at David Webb Riverfront Park.

    “I want something that is really going to honor them. After we get it completed it will be nice,” said Chief Brad Daniels of the memorial to honor those who died at the department.

    The memorial includes the names of James Brown, James Lawson and Gene Schubert.

    “The biggest thing right now is finding a piece for the top,” Daniels said.

  • Alleged altercation attracts police attention, results in drug charges

    From staff reports

    A traffic stop initiated by Harriman Police Chief Kenny Humphrey late last month netted drugs and led to the arrest of a man and woman.

    Around 9:30 p.m. May 31, Humphrey saw a man and woman in a black Nissan Maxima who appeared to be in a physical altercation. Humphrey stopped the vehicle before calling for backup.

    Officer Jeff Coffey found both occupants making odd movements and unable to sit still.

  • Aytes named interim schools head

    The Roane County Board of Education is turning to a familiar face to lead the school system.

    “I’d like to nominate Gary Aytes as interim director of schools,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said during an emergency called meeting on Saturday.

    Miller’s motion to hire Aytes passed 10-0. He will take over for Leah Rice Watkins, who resigned last week to take the director of schools job in Obion County.

    Aytes served four years as Roane County director of schools, retiring after the 2015-16 school year.

  • Motorist crashes into, kills biker

    A Kingston man was killed last week when a suspected intoxicated driver crashed into the back of his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

    Stacey Neil Vance, the man suspected of driving impaired, was charged with vehicular homicide.

    The crash happened on Highway 58 at the intersection of Squaw Valley Road around 6:30 p.m. on June 13. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

    According to the report, David Hughes was stopped and about to make a left turn on his motorcycle when Vance, driving a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier, rear-ended him.

  • Dixie Youth youngsters get in on action

    The Kingston all-stars went unbeaten on the way to winning the two-day tournament, beating Campbell County 25-10 in the title game. The scores for the tournament are as follows: Campbell county beat Rockwood 24-14, Kingston beat Harriman 17-1, Rockwood beat Harriman 22-18, Kingston beat Campbell County 20-8 and Campbell County downed Rockwood 24-16.

  • Raider standout signs

    By Bob Fowler
    for the Roane County News
    He’s gone from being mainly a reserve for a Georgia college’s basketball squad to starting forward for the Roane State Raiders.
    Now, Jeremy Joyner is taking the next step, and it’s a big one. The 6-9 Joyner has accepted a full scholarship to play for University of Tennessee-Martin. Joyner said coaches at UT-Martin recruited him after watching him in tournament play.

  • Raider anglers have big spring

    When people think about college sports at Roane State, normally the first thing that comes to mind is the men’s and women’s basketball teams along with the baseball and softball Raiders and Lady Raiders.

    The newly formed golf team is also another sport that Roane State has to offer.

    However, there is a sport that Roane State has that is a little more unique than your traditional college sports.

    The Roane State fishing club competed in two tournaments this spring in the Yeti FLW College Fishing Series.

  • Tribute to a Tennessee legend

    by Ben Briley

  • Rockwood 2000 holds forum for local candidates

    Rockwood 2000 is hosting a public candidate forum at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at Rockwood Electric Utility, 341 Rockwood St.

    The purpose of the event is to introduce the public to candidates running for County Executive, County Trustee, County Clerk, Register of Deeds and County Commission District 1 candidates.

    Those running for the positions are:

    County Executive — David Morgan and Ron Woody;

    County Trustee — Christopher Mason and Nicholas Forrester;

    County Clerk — Chase Clem and Elizabeth Johnson;

  • Cornstalk Heights holding meet the candidates event

    Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Board is hosting a meet the candidate forum at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at Killeffer Park on Cumberland Street in Harriman.

    It will be a question and answer session and opportunity for residents to meet local candidates for Harriman City Council and District 2 candidates for the Roane County Commission.

    Other candidates for other offices are welcome to attend and mingle.

    People should bring a chair. Water will be provided.