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  • Decision could free Leon Houston

    The fate of Leon Houston, one of the most notorious men in Roane County, is now in the hands of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Houston was found not guilty in a bloody 2006 shootout that left a sheriff’s deputy and his ride-along friend dead. He was later convicted in federal court over statements made on the jail communications system that he wanted to kill one of his former defense lawyers.

    However, U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Pennsylvania case put Houston’s 2013 conviction in question.

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  • Budget decision expected soon

    There could be action on Roane County’s 2015-16 budget at next month’s County Commission meeting.

    After doing some research, Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he believes the commission can vote to appropriate money for the different county budgets without setting the property tax rates that will support those budgets.

  • Lifestar lessons
  • Rockwood Revitalization case delayed by absence

    The cloud hovering over Rockwood Revitalization Inc. will continue for at least a few more months.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said the TBI agent handling the probe into the organization wasn’t available for this week’s meeting of the Roane County grand jury, so the matter will be pushed over to the October grand jury meeting.

    An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury found Rockwood Revitalization did not comply with the terms of a grant it received for a visitors center.

  • ‘It’s going to be awesome’

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was in Rockwood Friday morning to announce a $437,122 transportation alternative grant for a project that includes a 10-foot-wide greenway from Dr. Tom Fuller Park on Watts Bar Lake to East Nelson Street and Hwy. 27.

    In addition to the multi-use greenway, a 600-square-foot trailhead/comfort  station will be constructed at the park. It will include restrooms, bike racks and a small parking lot.

  • Lots of roadwork may make the going slow

    Motorists traveling in and through Roane County this week might want to add a few minutes to their travel time.

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation is beginning a number of paving and construction projects this week.

  • BRINGING TOGETHER COMPANIES, EMPLOYEES

    KAITLIN KEANE/Roane Newspapers
    Judie Shoup a driver recruiter with Crete Carrier Corp., talks with people about job opportunities during the Roane Chamber of Commerce’s Job Fair last week. More than 30 employers took part in the fair at Roane State Community College’s Expo Center.

  • Boating safety course slated

    A U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary boating safety course will be from 6 to 9 p.m. July 7 and 9 in Kingston Community Center.

    The $35-per-person cost covers all course materials, final examination and certificate. Couples and/or families who share course materials may attend for $10 per additional person.

    Those younger than 18 will receive a $25 discount and comply with the Tennessee Mandatory Boater Education Law.

    A certified TWRA monitor will administer the certification test for those born after Jan. 1, 1989.

  • ‘It’s going to be awesome’

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was in Rockwood Friday morning to announce a $437,122 transportation alternative grant for a project that includes a 10-foot-wide greenway from Dr. Tom Fuller Park on Watts Bar Lake to East Nelson Street and Hwy. 27.

    In addition to the multi-use greenway, a 600-square-foot trailhead/comfort station will be constructed at the park. It will include restrooms, bike racks and a small parking lot.