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Today's News

  • NO TIME

    Laura Ann Buckingham had a question for the hitman she met with in 2016 to arrange the killing of her son’s father.

    “You sure you’re not a cop,” she asked.

    Unbeknownst to her, the hitman was actually an undercover TBI agent. After arranging and paying for the hit, Buckingham was arrested and later charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

    She reached a plea deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to the charge in December.

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced Buckingham on Thursday.

  • Seniors bowlers, big scores

    SENIOR BOWLERS

    April 5

    1st High Game - Barbara Pickering, Rick Matthews 414

    2nd High Game - Loretta Carrington, Harold Zeilma 427

    3rd High Game - Loretta Carrington, Harold Zeilman 454

    High Scores today - Rick Matthews 224 game, Harold Zeilman 205 game

    High Series for today - Loretta Carrington, Harold Zeilman 1278

    High Series for March - Beverly Zeilman, Ken Altes 1334

    High Averages - Loretta Carrington 162, Rick Alderfer 178

  • Opportunities for volleyball

    By Melissa Coley

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    Harriman Middle volleyball coach Ashley Kemp made a couple of adjustments this year. First, she accepted the high school volleyball coaching position that is played in the fall and second, she had the middle school season moved to the spring.

    “This opens up volleyball to more girls since softball season for the middle school is played in the fall and some girls had to pick and choose what sport they wanted to play”, says Kemp.

  • Lady Jackets split games

    By Damichael Cole

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    In the first inning of Kingston’s game against Heritage, each Lady Jackets batter struck out. In the second inning, the same thing happened.

    After the second inning, a coach from the dugout yelled “that’s ok, we’ll adjust”, and the Lady Jackets did.

    The offense was able to score in the third inning, but it wasn’t enough as they were defeated 7-2 by the Lady Mountaineers.

  • Kingston shuts out Grizzlies

    A four-run first inning provided a cushion for Kingston Yellow Jacket starter Nathan McNelley on the way to a 6-0 complete game shut out against the Grainger County Grizzlies in the final day of the Papermaker Classic at Papermaker Field in Harriman Saturday afternoon.

    The game had only just started when fireworks happened.

    A single by Kain Collins was followed by Jesse Griffey who drew a walk and Colten Robinette reaching first after being hit by a pitch to load the bases.

  • Devils edged in extra time

    The Harriman Blue Devils battled back to tie the Grainger Grizzlies Saturday evening, before falling 5-4 in extra innings in the final game of the Papermaker Classic at Papermaker Field in Harriman.

    The Grizzlies scored four runs in the second inning to put pressure on the Blue Devils’ defense and starting pitcher Dylan Page.

    Although Harriman was taking some time in cracking the code to Grainger hurler Jake Myers, playing down a few runs has been something the Blue Devils have shown throughout the season they don’t have issues with.

  • County could borrow up to $10 million for hefty road repairs

    The Roane County Commission approved borrowing up to $10 million on Monday to fix roads damaged by February’s wet weather.

    “I want to thank each and every county commissioner for doing this,” Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said. “We need this.”

    Ferguson said, “as soon as possible,” when asked how long it will take for the work to start on the roads.

  • Robbery suspects enter plea

    By Richard Evans

    Two people entered plea agreements in connection with a 2018 robbery of the CVS Pharmacy in Harriman.

    On March 15, William Hagan Folger entered a plea agreement with the 9th District Attorney General’s Office.

    William Folger entered a guilty plea to robbery and will be sentenced to eight years in prison with the Tennessee Department of Correction.

    On March 22, Heather Folger also entered a plea agreement with the 9th District Attorney General’s Office.

  • Robbery suspects enter plea

    By Richard Evans

    Two people entered plea agreements in connection with a 2018 robbery of the CVS Pharmacy in Harriman.

    On March 15, William Hagan Folger entered a plea agreement with the 9th District Attorney General’s Office.

    William Folger entered a guilty plea to robbery and will be sentenced to eight years in prison with the Tennessee Department of Correction.

    On March 22, Heather Folger also entered a plea agreement with the 9th District Attorney General’s Office.

  • HPD set to get K9

    By Richard Evans

    During their meeting on Tuesday, April 2, the Harriman City Council approved the purchase of a drug dog for the Harriman Police Department.

    The $9,890 purchase price will be paid out of the department’s drug fund to Highland K-9 in Harmony, N.C.

    That amount also covers three weeks of training as well as lodging, certification and course materials for the handler.

    The program also provides free in-service training and free annual recertification for as long as the department owns the dog.