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Today's News

  • ‘Snapshots’ detail drug arrests, codes issues

    Both Harriman Police and Harriman Codes Enforcement are detailing the work they do in a new way.

    The “snapshot” as it’s called, gives a brief summary of the work done the previous month and was presented at the Tuesday, Aug. 7, meeting.

    For Harriman Police, it highlights how drug enforcement has ramped back up with the return of Detective Kasey Mynatt and the implementation of the Criminal Patrol Unit, which focuses on narcotics and major crime.

  • Thank you for your service

    The Roane County Commission paid homage to outgoing officials at Monday’s meeting.

    Some didn’t seek re-election this year, and others lost their re-election bids.

    “Thank you all commissioners who chose not to run again for your service,” County Executive Ron Woody said. “You’ve done an outstanding job. I appreciate working with you.”

    The Commission passed resolutions honoring Commissioners Carolyn Granger, Peggy Collier, Renee Kelley, Chris Johnson and Todd Fink.

  • No tax hike sought for Harriman budget

    No property tax increase is expected in Harriman’s fiscal year 2019 budget.

    “It is proposed to stay the same. We have done pretty well the last few years,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

    The only negative, he said, is the city does not have funds in order to do things like the large paving project the city completed last year.

    “Financially that is not going to be possible without either the sales tax or increasing the property tax or doing away with some other services to offset the cost,” Helms explained.

  • Witness to the execution

    Attorney C. Eugene Shiles tried to keep death row inmate Billy Ray Irick alive through the appeals process, but he became resigned to the fact that those efforts weren’t going to be successful.

    “I know of nothing else that could stop this,” Shiles said minutes before Irick was put to death by lethal injection at the Riverbend Maximum Security Prison in Nashville on Thursday.

    It was the first execution carried out in Tennessee since Dec. 2, 2009.

  • Land buy for school on Tues. agenda

    The Roane County Board of Education could take a big step on its building program this week.

    An agenda item for Tuesday’s regular meeting calls for “approval to purchase property on Hwy. 70 for school building site.”

    Interim Director of Schools Gary Aytes said the site is for the new consolidated high school that’s part of the building program.

  • Daughter, 10, used as shield, police report

    A Rockwood man allegedly tried to use his 10-year-old daughter as a human shield to avoid a DUI arrest.

    The incident happened on Aug. 4.

    According to the report, Sgt. Jason Halliburton with the Rockwood Police Department responded to 929 Bayless St. to speak with Kristy Gross about her husband, Matthew Gross.

    “Kristy Gross said Matthew Gross had been drinking alcohol and showed me a beer can she said he threw,” the report said.

  • In memory of ROY MYNATT

    A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper who lost his life in a wreck during a pursuit on Hwy. 27 was honored Friday with a stretch of that highway being named after him.

    Roy Mynatt was killed on Feb. 11, 1968, while attempting to stop a vehicle and losing control of his own patrol car and striking an oncoming vehicle.

    “He was the only [trooper] here who gave his life in the line of duty. It was only fitting that he be honored,” said Danny Wright, a retired special agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

  • ... and they called it PUPPY LOVE

    Most kids this summer spent their free time with sports, swimming, vacationing and playing at home.

    Hunter King spent his volunteering his time at the Roane County Animal Shelter in Rockwood.

    Anyone watching him interact with the puppies and the kitties can tell Hunter is a special boy.

    He was diagnosed with autism at the age of 22 months and did not speak until he was 9 years old.

    He is “doing much better than the doctors thought he would,” said his mother, Jennifer King.

  • I-40 vandals bashing vehicles

    Someone throwing rocks off area Interstate 40 overpasses damaged at least 15 vehicles, including a Tennessee Highway Patrol cruiser, on July 19.

    THP spokesman Lt. Don Boshears said they started receiving calls around 10:30 that night that rocks were being thrown off overpasses at mile markers 362 and 366.

    “Some of that damage was very minor” with no report taken, Boshears said.

    “Some was pretty significant where the vehicle had to be towed,” he added.

  • Sales tax vote off ballot in Harriman

    Harriman officials think now is not the time to sway voters to approve a sales tax increase.

    Harriman City Council approved first reading of an ordinance Tuesday to remove the sales tax referendum off the November ballot. The referendum, if approved, would have raised the local option sales tax from 2.5 percent to 2.75 percent and the expected $200,000 to $400,000 in additional revenue would have been earmarked for infrastructure such as paving and storm drains.