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  • Federal jury says 'guilty' in Leon Houston trial

    After hearing Leon Houston’s seething, expletive- and threat-riddled 15-minute phone call, a mostly female jury in Houston’s latest trial shifted uncomfortably in their seats.

    Perhaps that’s why, the next day, it took them less than two hours to find Houston guilty.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney David Jennings told jurors Monday the case was over threats made by Houston to kill his former attorney James F. Logan.

  • Oliver Springs woman singing at Ryman

    Oliver Spring’s Janelle Arthur will be performing twice in coming weeks at the venerable Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry.

    The “American Idol” top five finalist will first perform the same night as Mel Tillis and Restless Heart on Nov. 29.

    She’ll perform at the same show as former “American Idol” season 4 winner Carrie Underwood on Dec. 13.

  • We're not that rich, county official says

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he’s uncovered more evidence that questions the school system’s ranking as the 14th wealthiest in the state.

    According to his research, 63 percent of Roane County students qualify for free and reduced lunch.
    That’s more than Anderson County (59 percent), Loudon County (59 percent), Alcoa City (54 percent), Oak Ridge City (45 precent) and Maryville City (35 percent).

  • Retired NYPD officer dies in Rockwood

    Richard Philip Hadorn, a Rockwood resident and retired New York City policeman, died on Thursday.

    He was 67.

    According to E-911 dispatch records, Hadorn was involved in a single-vehicle crash on Thursday near Rockwood on Winton Chapel Road.

    The wreck happened around 3 p.m.

    Dispatch records said the Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the wreck, but the agency did not provide details on what happened by press time.

    Hadorn’s obituary can be found on Page 6.

  • Boys, Girls Club opening in early 2014

    The first Boys & Girls Clubs of Roane County location will be open for business at the first of the year.

    A startup date of Jan. 13, 2014, was announced to the Harriman Rotary Club last week.

    An application drive kicks off Nov. 21 at Harriman Middle School, site of the initial club.

  • DYLLIS SPRINGS ELEMENTARY KIDS ON PATROL

    The drop-off line at Dyllis Springs Elementary School near Oliver Springs used to get congested each morning.
    But with the help of some spirited volunteer students, traffic flow is now a breeze.
    “We had traffic going all the way up and down the road,” said Steve Sanders, school resource officer.
    “Since we started doing this, we are able to get them in and get them out.”

  • More graduating from high school

    An improved graduation rate along with all A’s and B’s in achievement and value added.
    Those were some of the highlights of Roane County Schools 2013 state report card.
    “It’s the best we’ve ever had,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.
    In 2012, the school system got B’s in math, reading and science and an A in social studies.
    This year the school system received B’s in math and reading and A’s in science and social studies.

  • Cold pills? You’ll need a prescription in Harriman

    Customers shopping for pseudoephedrine and ephedrine products in Harriman now need a prescription.
    Harriman City Council approved second and final reading of an ordinance making the restrictions earlier this month, and Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said he talked to area pharmacists and doctors about it after first reading.
    “There wasn’t any opposition to it,” Heidle said. “Everybody I talked to ... they are welcoming it.”

  • Kingston man dies in crash

    From staff reports
    Patrick E. Fly, a 22-year-old Kingston man, was killed in an early Friday morning car wreck.
    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Fly was driving on Swan Pond Road in a 2005 Nissan Altima when he failed to negotiate a curve.
    “The vehicle skidded and exited the right side of the roadway,” the THP report said. “The vehicle flipped several times, and the driver was ejected.”

  • County buying Cawood law office near courthouse

    Kingston attorney Chris Cawood has found a buyer for his law office.
    “We’re in the process of closing,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody confirmed.
    The appraised value of the office is $99,000. That’s what the county is paying for the property.
    “We decided to go with the appraised value,” Cawood said about the purchase price.
    The law office on Cumberland Street is a stone’s throw from the county courthouse and jail.
    “They may decide to tear it down and use it for parking,” Cawood said.