Local News

  • Rocky Houston appealing conviction

    Today – Friday – is a big one for Rocky Houston.

    His attorney, Steven R. Jaeger of Erlanger, Ky., is scheduled to appear before the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to argue why Houston’s federal conviction should be overturned.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney David Jennings plans to argue why it should stand. Each side gets 15 minutes.

    Houston was convicted of felony evading arrest in Roane County Criminal Court in 2010.

    Convicted felons are not allowed to possess firearms.


    It might not exactly be a trip to the country, but a trip to downtown Rockwood has that feel at Rockwood First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

    The church on West Rockwood Street has its own pumpkin patch for area residents.

    “I had heard about other communities doing this and thought it would be a great thing for our community,” Rockwood Christian Church Pastor Kara Foster said.

    “We’re in our sixth year, and this is a great place for people to buy their pumpkins. The community has really rallied behind it.”

  • Driver OK after truck crash

    The driver of a tractor trailer told the Tennessee Highway Patrol that he had no memory of running off the interstate on Monday.

    According to the report, 34-year-old Brandon D. Porter of Clarksville was traveling on I-40 East in Roane County when his 2003 Freightliner ran off the roadway and into a wooded area.

    “The vehicle continued traveling off the roadway and struck several small trees until it came to rest,” the report said.

    “There were no apparent signs of any braking.”

  • Interest high for Kingston HOME grants

    Low-income Kingston families may be able to take advantage of a $250,000 HOME grant to help rehabilitate their homes.

    Qualifying homeowners will each be vying for $40,000 in funding, noted Kingston City Manager David Bolling, who discussed the matter Tuesday with Kingston City Council at its regular work session.

    Bolling shared a sample Home Program Policies and Procedures Contract, which outlines income requirements for grant applicants, and also dwelling requirements, such as applicant ownership and permanent property residency.


    Fred McCorkle had a simple goal while growing up in Harriman.

    He wanted to drive a coal truck.

    “I never figured I’d make it through to graduate,” McCorkle confessed on Sunday.

    “I used to watch the coal trucks head to Oliver Springs and I thought if I could be good enough to drive one of them, then I’d be happy.”

    Instead, he became one of the most decorated naval aviators in history en route to becoming a three-star lieutenant general in the United States Marine Corps.

  • Child found wandering on road

    A 32-year-old woman was arrested last week after a child in her care was found wandering down the road.

    Angela Erin Delozier is charged with child abuse and neglect, child age 6 or less, in the Oct. 2 incident.

    According to the warrant, Kristy and Robert Paxton were leaving their house when they saw the child walking down the road.

    “The child was visibly upset and was barefoot,” the warrant said. “Ms. Paxton stated that they put the child in their car and called 911.”

  • Rockwood OKs railroad crossings closure at shelter

    A pair of railroad crossings will be closed in the coming months in Rockwood.

    Rockwood City Council agreed last week to close crossings on McNew Road, a small country lane that’s home to the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    Animal Shelter Director John Griffin worried about notice and signage to notify people about the crossings closing and pending work on a bridge near the shelter.

  • Rockwood homeowners anxious to apply for grants

    Rockwood hasn’t even had the public hearing yet, and already people are knocking on the doors seeking out the opportunity to apply for a piece of the $250,000 HOME program funding to bring their homes up to standard.

    “We have had several people to leave their names and numbers, and have received one application from a party that went to the Roane County meeting and then realized they had to come through Rockwood,” said City Administrator Becky Ruppe.

  • Fire destroys Harriman home

    A Harriman home was destroyed by fire Thursday night.

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said the home at 320 Ayers Drive was likely a total loss.

    “It happened at about 8:20 last night,” said Goss, who added “the cause is undetermined at this time.”

    “There was nobody home. Nobody got hurt,” said Goss.

    Goss said it was his understanding the family was at a ballgame watching their child play.