Today's News

  • Speak up on TVA landfill

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is inviting the public to comment on TVA’s application for a permit to build a Phase II landfill at its Kingston Fossil Plant to store coal combustion residuals.

    “The landfill will be comprised of four cells constructed adjacent to the Phase I landfill,” the Corps of Engineers said in its public notice about the project. “The landfill will provide additional storage capacity for CCR (coal combustion residuals) generated from steam electric power production at the Kingston Fossil Plant.”

  • Man charged with passing fake bills at Zaxby’s

    A second person is facing an indictment for allegedly passing fake $100 bills at Zaxby’s restaurant in Harriman.

    Artaveus D. Dawson, 35, is charged with three counts of criminal simulation. He’s accused of using the fake $100 bills at the restaurant in August of 2018.

    The Roane County grand jury indicted Dawson in June. He was picked up in Anderson County on July 28 and transported to the Roane County Jail for booking. He was still in custody there on Friday.

    Dawson is also charged with failure to appear and violation of probation/parole.

  • Barry arrested for ditching court date for alleged sex crime charge

    Rockwood police arrested a man who was wanted for allegedly not showing up in court on a sex crime charge.

    According to the report, Sgt. Jason Halliburton was contacted by the District Attorney General’s Office last month regarding Charles Wayne Barry.

    “Mr. Barry was said to have an arrest warrant out of criminal court in Roane County for failure to appear on a charge of aggravated statutory rape,” the report said.

  • Commission struggles with electronic voting

    The Roane County Commission employed the use of its new electronic voting system during last week’s special-called meeting.

    There were some snags so Chairman Randy Ellis decided to stop using it during the meeting and revert to voice votes.

    “This is the first time we’ve ever used the new system during a meeting,” he said. “It’s going to take a while to get the glitches worked out of it.”

  • Kingston’s tax hike may go

    The Kingston City Council will have the opportunity to pass a balanced 2019-2020 budget and put money aside for roads without the need for a tax increase.

    An unexpected windfall of about $80,000 in new revenue will be discussed during the Tuesday, Aug. 6, council workshop, according to City Manager David Bolling.

    The money comes from taxes paid by businesses in the Midtown area annexed by Kingston but claimed by Harriman on the tax rolls. The state recently decided in favor of Kingston in a dispute over which municipality should receive the tax revenue.

  • Ellis gets role at city of Harriman

    By Richard Evans

    Roane County Commission Chairman Randy Ellis was recently hired as the director of the visitors center and tourism for the city of Harriman. He will also help coordinate special events.

    The visitors center, known as the Trailhead, is next door to the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

    “It’s something that’s always been a passion for me. I’m a Harriman guy. I’ve got two businesses in Harriman. I live in Harriman. I want to help make my hometown the best it can be,” Ellis said.

  • TWRA leasing fields for dove season

    TWRA Report
    for The Roane County News
    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is seeking fields to lease for the upcoming 2019 dove season. The first segment of dove season opens at noon on Sunday, Sept. 1.
    Mourning doves are a popular game bird and one of the most widely distributed and abundant birds in North America. More mourning doves are harvested than all other migratory bird species combined in 39 of the continental states. In Tennessee, an estimated 19,000 hunters harvested approximately 334,000 mourning doves last year.   

  • Golf tourney helps Harriman students

    Submitted story

    for The Roane County News

    The sixth annual Jack Goss Memorial Scholarship Tournament held on July 20th was a great success with fourteen teams participating.

    The first place team was Buster Pierce, Cody Pierce, Dustin Murray, and DJ Shannon; second place was Bobby Clark, Hunter Clark, Hunter Atwell, and J. Smallen; the third place team consisted of Bill Lassiter, Wayne Young, Mack McNalley and Edgar Hillard.

    The money from the tournament goes to provide a $1,000 scholarship to Harriman High School graduates.