Today's News

  • Harriman manager ‘historic’ move

    Kevin Helms, the former city manager of Oak Hill near Nashville, has been offered the same job for Harriman.

    Harriman City Council voted to approve a contract for Helms to be its first city manager at its special-called meeting Tuesday.

    “I’m excited about moving forward,” said Councilman Chris Ahler.

    “It is a historic moment for the city of Harriman, and I think it is the right way to go ...” said Councilman Ken Mynatt.

    Some council members did squabble with the price of bringing Helms there.

  • New director for county’s ambulance department

    Timothy W. Suter, a paramedic with Rural/Metro in Knox County, has been hired to serve as Roane County’s ambulance director.

    “We’ve just kind of been limping along here for a while, so we were ready to make this decision,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Roane County hasn’t had someone whose sole responsibility has been to serve as ambulance director since Gloria Wright was removed from the position three years ago. Howie Rose and Scott Stout each oversaw the service, but had other duties for Roane County.

  • Kingston expects tight belts at TDOT

    Kingston City Council signed off on the state’s Roane County Major Thoroughfare proposal at its October council session.

    But what the plan will mean for Kingston is still an open question.

    Kingston Mayor Troy Beets said the Tennessee Department of Transportation has been looking at long-term road issues for counties all over the state. TDOT representatives recently made a 30-minute presentation to local officials, based on a “very detailed study.”

  • Physician’s assistant faces drug charges

    A Knox County physician’s assistant was arrested following a traffic stop in Roane County last week.

    Joe M. Braden is charged with manufacturing/possession of a controlled substance for resale, possession of marijuana and DUI.

    His address was listed 7701 Corryton Road in Corryton — also the address for Braden Family Medicine.

    According to the warrant, Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes received a call about a possible drunk driver on Interstate 40. Mayes said the vehicle was driving in the middle of the road.

  • Harriman woman indicted in May hit-and-run death


    A Harriman woman allegedly involved in a fatal hit-and-run was indicted by a Roane County grand jury Monday.

    Raychell C. Huckelby, 48, was indicted on charges of DUI, vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

    The victim, 59-year-old Daniel Hester, was found dead on Pansy Hill Road in Harriman on May 9.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said Officer Joe Sherrill had been parked off Pansy Hill Road on May 8 when he witnessed Huckelby’s truck stop, back up and then pull away.

  • Addiction facility aimed at community-only

    A new addiction treatment facility is coming to Roane County.

    WestCare Foundation, a group of nonprofit organizations in health and human services, is looking at opening outpatient services in Harriman in the former Courts of Praise Church next to Riverfront Park.

    “Our community needs this now so we want to get it done as soon as possible,” said Jenny Tippens, WestCare’s development director for Tennessee.

  • Lure of bass hooking area high school students

    Fishing pros Charlie Ingram and Ray Brazier visited Oliver Springs High School Wednesday to film part of their “Fishing University” TV show for the Outdoor Channel. The duo has been in Roane County the past week filming.

    Ingram and Brazier answered questions and talked about different career opportunities the students could take within the outdoor field.

    The pros stopped by the high school because of its bass club.

  • Need info on voting choices? VOTE411.org site could help

    VOTE411.org, an online voter information guide, is now available to all citizens of Anderson and Roane counties. Sponsored locally by the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge, VOTE411 began in 2006 at the national League level. More than 220 Leagues are now participating.

    The site allows users to compare candidates for office in their district, select their choices and create a ballot summary that they can print out, take with them to the polling place or share. To access the guide, the user should go to www.VOTE411.org and follow the prompts.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Sensible folks won’t fall for GOP Ebola scare

    Gentle reader, it has been a principle of human existence that we as a species are superior to other life forms because of our intellectual superiority, our ability to analyze and think through things.

    Well, dear friend, recent days would seem to put all that principle in doubt. People who should be paragons of intellect and prowess of thought and analysis have displayed none of these characteristics.