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  • Cities deal with property tax holdup

    Roane Newspapers
    Roane County Commission recently approved a resolution to borrow $1 million between county funds — and it appears Rockwood City Council will be following suit.

    On Monday, the Council will discuss a resolution to use $136,000 in the capital projects fund to pay the city’s bills.

    Both actions can be traced back to low property tax revenues caused by delayed tax notices.



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    What’s a little thing like a downpour when the state title is three wins away? It’s not even an inconvenience to Harriman’s Blue Devils. Head coach Travis Tapp talks with Blue Devil quarterback Joe Pace at a rainy practice on Wednesday. The Blue Devils play at Greenback in Loudon County at 7 p.m. today, Friday, in the TSSAA Class 1A quarterfinals. See more about Friday’s game in sports on page 11A.

  • STILL CLOSED: Landmark into 2nd year of repair work

    Harriman’s historic Temperance Building remains closed to the public despite a number of projects to stabilize it.

    “We did some structural repairs on the building, but there are more that need to be made,” said Harriman Manager Kevin Helms.

    The building was flooded at one point, and some areas still do not have carpet or tile.

    The heat and air unit is not operable, and the plumbing lines were drained so they would not freeze, Helms said.

    The last grant wrapped up some structural projects in the basement of the building.

  • Leon Houston guilty of death threat

    Knoxville attorney Mike Whalen was able to win Leon Houston a second federal trial on a charge of making a threat via interstate commerce. Whalen failed to win Houston an acquittal in the retrial, however.

    On Wednesday, a jury of seven men and five women found Houston guilty of the charge after less than 30 minutes of deliberations.

    U.S. District Court Judge Pamela Reeves set sentencing for Dec. 21, and remanded Houston back into the custody of U.S. Marshals.

  • Waterfront work in Kingston
  • Houston found guilty in federal retrial

    A federal jury didn't take much time Wednesday afternoon to find Leon Houston guilty of threatening to kill the attorney who won him an acquittal on two murder charges.

    The jury left the courtroom for deliberations at 1:09 p.m. Less than 30 minutes later, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Jennings was informed that they had reached a verdict. The jury of seven men and five women walked back into the courtroom at 1:58 p.m. to announce the guilty verdict. 

  • Escapee may have taken county truck

    The inmate who escaped a work crew at the Roane County Courthouse on Thursday evening was still on the loose as of late Tuesday morning.

    Authorities now suspect Adam Dewayne Phillips, who was in custody on charges include severely beating a Kingston man during a robbery, made his escape in a county-owned truck that was parked at the courthouse.

    “We are still investigating every lead that comes in and have a few places we are keeping an eye on,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton.

  • No flu vaccines at individual schools this year

    Flu vaccines will not be provided at individual schools this year.

    Instead, The Roane County Health Department is offering two clinics  — from 4-7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 8.

    “The majority of vaccine may not be available until after the holidays, and by then the season will be half over,” said Patti Wells, school health coordinator.

    Roane County Schools first announced a lengthy delay on the flu vaccinations because of manufacturer shortages on the FluMist the Roane County Health Department brings to the schools.

  • Operation REACH donations falling off

    Operation REACH is hoping the holiday spirit comes through in a big way in coming days.

    With less than four weeks until its Dec. 11-12 shopping weekend, the organization that has helped thousands of needy children from Roane County over the years is coming up far short of its fundraising goals and is needing a late miracle to make sure Christmas 2015 is a good one.

    Operation REACH works with the Roane County School System to help disadvantaged school children.


    They call it the Forgotten War.

    But Howard Deitz and Clyde A. Jones will never forget the police skirmish that came to be known as the Korean War.

    “He was there when they tore loose,” said Deitz of his fellow comrade. “I was there when they signed the treaty.”

    The men and Flavius Hall were among the many called to arms to a foreign country that’s been historically described as the world’s coldest place in winter and its hottest place in summer.