Today's News

  • ‘It’s not just those people’: Town hall meeting brings Rx drug overdoses home

    The 17 people who Dr. William Bennett said died last year from prescription drug overdoses in Roane County weren’t forgotten at a town hall meeting last month.

    Yellow and black police tape was affixed to empty chairs in their remembrance.

    “It’s here,” Bennett said about the prescription drug abuse issue. “It’s in Roane County. It’s a terrible problem.”

  • Woman key to Roane pill ring found guilty

    A Georgia woman accused of running a pill mill operation in Chattanooga was convicted by a federal jury last month.

    Barbara Lang, also known as Aunt Bea, was found guilty on 21 of 31 counts, including conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, maintaining a drug-involved business and structuring financial transactions to evade reporting requirements.

    Her trial at the federal courthouse in Chattanooga lasted 25 days and featured testimony from more than three dozen witnesses.

  • Meth gets Jenkins 20 years in prison

    Christopher Ryan Jenkins, a 28-year-old Rockwood man, is heading to federal prison for 20 years.

    The stiff sentence was handed down last week by U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves.

    Jenkins was one of 17 people indicted in a meth conspiracy last July.

    He pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine precursors.

  • Ruritan Road widening on schedule

    Work continues on Harriman’s Ruritan Road widening project.

    Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagi reports the project is on track for its May 31, 2016, completion date.

    The completed road will have four through lanes and a center turning lane, and county and city officials hope it will increase the area’s commercial appeal and help with traffic congestion.

  • NAACP looking to film documentary on Roane during civil rights movement

    The local chapter of the NAACP wants to know what it was like for African-Americans in Roane County during the civil rights movement.

    The organization is requesting that anyone with a story to share contact them for a documentary it hopes to put together.

    “Young people today have no idea what it was like to live in a segregated society, so we’re looking to interview people who were alive at that time and will share their memories with us,” said Mary Ellen Blencoe, a member of the Roane County NAACP’s executive board.

  • Pawning guns gets man time in federal prison

    A federal prison cell awaits a Rockwood man, who pleaded guilty last year to illegally possessing firearms.

    Timothy Wayne Sanders was set to stand trial on Nov. 4.

    After the judge denied one of his motions prior to jury questioning on the day of the trial, Sanders decided to plead guilty to the indictment that charged him with two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.

    Prior to his arrest in the federal case, Sanders was living with his aunt and uncle on Douglas Avenue in Rockwood.

  • Meet the Michael Dunn Center board

    Michael Dunn Center introduces the members of its board of directors.

    They include, front row from left, Barbara Capell, Harriett Westmoreland, Debbie Alexander-Davis, Gail Christian; and back row, the Rev. Bill Fowler, Wayne Tipps, Jim Pinkerton, Ron Blanchard, state Sen. Ken Yager and Jim Conway.

    Not pictured are Lana Seivers, Bill Leuking, Ted Bowers, Chris Whaley and state Rep. Kent Calfee.

    Calfee and Yager are the newest additions to the board.

  • Scouting for Food underway

    Residents throughout Roane County and East Tennessee will have the chance to participate in the upcoming Scouting for Food event to help fight hunger.

    In a partnership between Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee and the Boy Scouts of America Great Smoky Mountain Council, the Scouting for Food program is designed to encourage communities to come together and combat hunger while teaching scouts the importance of giving back and spreading good will.

  • Harriman Happenings: Feb. 2

    Happy belated birthday to Dan Baker who recently celebrated his special day.

    I hope you had a great celebration and hope you have many more.

    I extend my sympathy to the family of Trixie Siler, who passed away Wednesday. Arrangements were incomplete at the time of this writing.

    Burckon and Mary Walker left Spring City to attend the services of Mr. Burckon’s father in Blytheville, Ark.

    Several members from Cedine Bible Mission attended this service, including Missionary Gloria Ward.

  • Sign up for free tree to plant on special Tenn. day

    Homeowners, businesses and groups of any variety can now sign up to receive free trees for their property or community.

    The catch? The trees must be planted during one hour — at 11 a.m. Eastern time on Feb. 21.

    A team of non-profit organizations, state agencies and community groups seeks to plant 50,000 trees in one hour across Tennessee on “50K Tree Day,” the first tree-planting undertaking of its size in Tennessee, according to event organizers.

    Organizers are currently recruiting interested groups and individuals to get involved.