Today's News

  • Little interest shown in race for attorney

    The filing deadline for the Aug. 7 election is at noon Thursday.

    As of Monday, only one candidate – Greg Leffew of Rockwood – had qualified to run for Roane County attorney.

    That’s surprising to some, given the fact that the position pays $93,775 for what is a part-time job.

    “I don’t know why it hasn’t attracted more interest,” Harriman attorney Donice Butler said. “It does pay well.”

    Butler lost to Tom McFarland in the 2006 county attorney’s race.

  • Neighbors file new suit against Tiger Haven

    Tiger Haven is the subject of another $10 million lawsuit.

    The plaintiffs – Everett E. Bloom, John L. Woody, Harold Pesterfield and Ronald A. Bean – also sued Tiger Haven for $10 million in 2011.

    That lawsuit was voluntar-ily dismissed on March 4, 2013.

    The lawsuit was refiled on Feb. 28 in Roane County Circuit Court.

    Bloom, Woody and Pesterfield live near Tiger Haven, a sanctuary for large cats in East Roane County.

  • Kingston man arrested for exposing self to child

    An arrest was made over the weekend in an incident in which a man allegedly exposed himself to a child at the Harriman Kroger late last month.

    James Tipton Lands, 53, of 214 Walnut Road, Kingston, was taken into custody Friday evening by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    He was charged with indecent exposure and driving on a revoked and suspended license with warrants being taken out by Harriman Police Department’s Dan Schneider.

  • GUEST OPINION: Freedom and ‘magic’ collide in U.S. courts

    First Amendment Center
    Now you see it.

    Now you don’t ... or don’t copy it, at least.

    Magician Teller of “Penn and Teller” sued another magician in 2012 in federal court in Nevada over what Teller asserted was a copycat performance of Teller’s signature trick, “Shadows,” and his competitor’s offer to sell the secret behind the illusion.

  • KINGSTON: City ponders fate of surplus funds

    The members of Kingston City Council have a problem — but it’s the kind officials like to have.

    The council will ponder a handful of options concerning leftover funds from its recent city hall project. They’ll probably figure out what to do at their April council sessions.

    The city borrowed some $2 million a couple of years ago, for purchase and renovation of the former medical plaza at 900 Waterford Place.

    The building is now home to the new Kingston City Hall.

  • Kingston chili-cookoff raises funds for Fourth of July event

    The city of Kingston held their first fundraising event for the Smokin' The Water July 4th event. A chili cool off was held between the city departments and a silent auction.

    The event raised a little over $2000 toward the annual July 4th event.

    This year will mark the return of the American Power Boat Association boat races along with one of the largest fireworks shows in the state.

    The departments were competing for the Golden Ladle Award. Rick Ross with Kingston Parks and Recreation was the winner of the event.

  • United Way director resigns

    Roane County United Way Executive Director Amy Harmon has announced her resignation effective May 30.

    Harmon, who has been United Way director since January 2012, is stepping aside from her post to spend more quality time with
    her family, including husband Travis and 1-year-old daughter Elise.

    “The Roane County United Way and its mission will always be in my heart, and I know the organization and its community partners will continue to focus on creating lasting change with excellence in Roane County,” she said.

  • Meetings to discuss Watts Bar Unit 2

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled two April 9 meetings to discuss construction inspection and oversight of Watts Bar Unit 2.

    The unit is to be built near Spring City, which neighbors Roane County to the southwest.

    The plant is being built by the Tennessee Valley Authority, which also operates Unit 1 at the site.

    The first session will begin at 4 p.m. in the meeting room of the Comfort Inn, 2811 Decatur Pike, Athens, adjacent to Interstate 75.

  • Genealogical workshop scheduled

    Avery Trace Chapter NSDAR will present a genealogical workshop on April 26 in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at 190 Circle Drive, West Hills,  Harriman.

    Check-in begins at 9 a.m., and class starts at 9:30.

    Volunteer genealogist Shirley Smith and genealogy consultant Marcia Pickel will be the instructors.

    Cost is $10 per person to cover instructional material and refreshments.

    Those planning to attend are required to pre-register by April 18 by calling 458-5033.

  • Look Back: a little something from our files for week of March 31

    25 Years Ago
    Authorities throughout East Tennessee were looking for two machine gun-toting men who robbed Harriman Revco and at one time were thought to be holding employees hostage inside the store. Employees were in the process of closing the store when the 9 p.m. incident occurred. An undetermined amount of cash and drugs were taken.

    10 Years Ago