Local News

  • Federal prosecutor opposes new hearing for Houston

    Assistant U.S. Attorney David Jennings has laid out his case on why the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals should not grant Rocky Houston a new hearing. A three judge panel of the Sixth Circuit upheld Houston’s firearms conviction in February. Houston now wants a hearing before all the judges that serve in the Sixth Circuit.

  • Let sleeping ducks lie

    Lucky ducks!

    A pair of quackers spend part of a sunny spring day copping a few Z’s on the banks of Watts Bar Lake last week.

    It’s possible that all three were a-snooze, but one early bird untucked her head to give the camera a coy look and pose prettily while her friends remained undisturbed in their beauty slumber.

  • Harriman gas leak closes Bowers Elementary early
  • Putting around keeps 90-year-old Pierce young

    Most people think of a 90-year-old man as someone who has trouble getting around.

    Then again, most people haven’t met Fred Pierce.

    The Harriman man not only gets around with grace and ease, but most days he can still be found chasing down birdies at Harriman’s Emory Golf and Country Club.

    “I try to play a couple of times a week,” Pierce said, although those at Emory said he plays pretty much every day of the week.

  • Teens caught after separate escapes

    Two teens escaped from Roane Academy Tuesday afternoon.

    “There were two separate incidents,” Omni Visions President and CEO Steve Norris said. “Sort of back to back.”

    The teens reportedly got away by scaling a fence at the facility.

    “We’ve got a mesh material on that fence that prevents getting a hand hold,” Norris said. “Somehow they managed to find a weak spot in it and tear it so they could get their fingers in the line and they were able to pull themselves over.”

  • 3 on ballot for road chief, 4 for assessor

    This year’s county election will not include Mark Patton.

    The former constable who was ousted from office in 2009, did not return his petition to run for Roane County property assessor by Thursday’s noon deadline.

    “We had heard that he wasn’t, and then some people said that he was,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said. “I didn’t have any idea.”

  • Willett new Roane County News editor

    After an eight-month wait, Roane County News has a new editor.

    Loudon County native Hugh Willett started his new position Monday, April 4. He will be working closely with Assistant Editor Cheryl Duncan, who had served as interim editor since Terri Likens left the newspaper last August.

    Willett’s responsibilities will also include overseeing the Morgan County News and LaFollette Press as regional editor. All three newspapers are owned by Landmark Community Newspapers LLC.

  • Horsehead applies for new emissions permit

    New permits, including one that would allow increased emission for chromium at Horsehead Corp., will be discussed at a public hearing next week.

    The April 14 public meeting is in regard to a Title V permit, which officials said would put all permits under one permit rather than permits for each individual unit.

    It begins with an informational session from 5-6 p.m. in Rockwood Community Center. The public hearing will follow at 6.

  • Sticking Around
  • Mayoral plight in OS lingers

    Oliver Springs officials will not resolve the issue of who the town’s new mayor is — at least, not as soon as was originally anticipated.

    The Oliver Springs Board of Aldermen has canceled its first regular April meeting, which was scheduled for Thursday.

    “We have delayed our City Council meeting until the third Thursday,” said Cecil Crowe, who was voted in as mayor last month. “At that point in time we’ll have a public vote.” At issue is the manner in which Crowe was chosen.