Today's News

  • Poke is back as Harriman’s pick

    After a one-year hiatus, the Polk Salad Festival returned to Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park on Saturday.

    The plant’s name is typically spelled “poke,” Harriman follows the spelling used in “Polk Salad Annie,” sung by Elvis Presley.

    Dian Sutton said 2014 was a good year for picking poke, and she and others made sure plenty was available for festival-goers.

    “All the money from our poke dinner goes to local veterans programs,” Sutton said.   

  • POLICE BLOTTER: Coke-fueled paranoia, road rage on interstate

    A Dandridge man faces criminal charges in Roane County General Sessions Court for during a June 8 alleged road-rage incident on Interstate 40. Jefferson Douglas Wyrosdick, 66, is charged with felony aggravated assault, felony reckless endangerment and possession of a firearm during commission of a dangerous felony.

  • Property transfers: Jan. 27-Feb. 7, 2014

    Property deed transfers in Roane County:

    Jan. 27 — From Rachel H. Vann and Robert G. Vann to James L. Wood by warranty deed, Dist. 2, Holtsinger Heirs property, Lots 17 and PT18, $155,000.

    Jan. 30 — From Shapiro & Kirsch LLP, Shapiro and Kirsch LLP, Wendy A. Broome and Joseph Broome to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. by trustee’s deed, Dist. 4, Henley Point, Lot 10, $0.

  • General Sessions Court: Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Jan. 28 — Payden Mergen, public intoxication: dismissed; cost to defendant.

    • Eddie Hoover, possession unlawful drug paraphernalia attempt: guilty.

    • Zachary Farmer, possession unlawful drug paraphernalia attempt, simple possession/casual exchange: guilty.

    • Benjamin E. Belhadj, speeding: guilty; traffic ticket paid in full.

  • Arrests: June 4-9, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    June 4 — Abigail Victoria Summerall, 27, 307 N. Hewitt Ave., Rockwood: violation of probation. Bond $10,000; court date July 21.

    June 5 — Ahmad Safah Al Jarahani, 41, 311 Cedar Park Circle, LaVergne: reckless driving, driving on revoked/suspended license. Total bond $3,000; court date July 14.

  • General Sessions Court: Jan. 27, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Jan. 27 — Gregory Alan Letner, probation violation: guilty.

    • Travis E. Sanders, probation violation: guilty.

    • Joe D. Huff, probation violation: guilty.

    • Wilma J. Fisher, 911 calls in nonemergency situations prohibited: dismissed.

    • Theresa A. Baker, failure to appear: recalled capias by office.

  • Harriman advances in Dixie Youth AA play


    The Harriman AA All-Stars advanced to this weekend’s Dixie Youth District 8 AA Tournament by winning their first three games in the west sub-district tournament being played at Caryville.

  • Kingston A All-Stars roll in opener


    The Kingston A All-Stars opened postseason play Friday evening with an impressive 13-2 victory over Caryville in the first round of the Dixie Youth District 8 A sub-district tournament at Spring City.

    Kingston started strong with three runs in the top of the first inning. 

  • Another victory for judge hopeful

    Senior Judge Ben H. Cantrell on Thursday dismissed a complaint challenging the Roane County Election Commission’s decision to put circuit court judge candidate Mike Pemberton on the Aug. 7 ballot.

    Afterward, Pemberton said he’s ready to move on and talk about issues that “the 9th District’s citizens think matter.”

    “And that’s experience, competence, integrity and work ethic,” he added.

  • ‘In God We Trust’ draws leader’s ire

    Roane County Commissioners have some passionate feelings about the resolution that would put “In God We Trust” on the courthouse.

    “That will make me feel less a part of our county government — because I’m atheist,” Commissioner Steve Kelley said.

    “I don’t believe that there is a God.”

    That prompted a quick response from Commissioner Fred Tedder.

    “I don’t believe there’s such a thing as an atheist,” he said.