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  • Flooding from heavy rains impacts Roane

     

    TERRI LIKENS/Roane Newspapers
    Several days of heavy rains resulted in flooding throughout Roane County. These signs at Kingston City Park are usually well away from the water. Below, park benches and playground equipment were submerging rapidly Thursday, and the walkway path was underwater.

  • Rocky Houston to be arraigned today on 14-count indictment

    Rocky Houston is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in U.S. District Court on a 14-count indictment handed down Tuesday by a federal grand jury.

    Houston, 52, of Ten Mile, was arrested late last week by U.S. marshals and charged with being a felon in possession of firearms. His 54-year-old brother, Leon Houston, also of Ten Mile, was also arrested and indicted by the federal grand jury for possession of firearms while being an unlawful user of controlled substances.

  • Workplace wedding at Dunn Center

    For Melinda Young and Brian Johnson, Michael Dunn Center is more than just a place to work.
    The service center for the developmentally disabled is where they met and became a couple 12 years ago, and where they’ve developed many friendships.
    It’s why they held their wedding at the facility, with service recipient Leslie as best man and Michael Dunn Center President and CEO Mike McElhinney officiating the ceremony that started at exactly 12:12 p.m. on Dec. 12, 2012.

  • Secret camera nabs Houstons

    Rocky Houston left the federal courtroom in Knoxville on Monday shouting about a surreptitious camera.
    He had reason to be upset.
    According to a criminal complaint filed against him, on Oct. 9 last year, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives quietly had a video camera installed on a public utility pole with a view of his Barnard Narrows Road home.
    “On Oct. 11, 2012, Rocky Houston was observed holding what appears to be a high-powered rifle with a scope attached,” the complaint said.

  • Deadly Oliver Springs shooting called ‘self-defense’

    Police said a father acted in self-defense when he shot and killed his son on Sunday.
    The incident happened at 1678 Old Harriman Hwy., Oliver Springs.
    State property records list Vincent and Sandra Brown as owners of the home.
    According to E-911 call records, Josh Brown told dispatchers that his father Vincent shot his brother Michael in the chest.
    Michael, 36, did not survive.

  • Judges recuse themselves in McClure DUI

    The driving-under-the-influence hearing of Kingston City Councilman Kevin McClure has again been postponed.
    This time the delay was because judges Dennis Humphreys and Jeff Wicks have recused themselves. The case will be postponed until a judge can be appointed by the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts.
    Police said McClure was found unresponsive in his still-running vehicle in the middle of Ladd Wright Road on May 22, 2012.
    Police reported breaking a window to get inside and that a half empty vodka bottle was in a bag in the back seat.

  • Comptroller makes it easier to report fraud

    Roane Countians have a new way to alert the state about suspected cases of public corruption.
    Earlier this month, Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Justin P. Wilson announced the start of a new online tool for reporting fraud, waste and abuse.
    “In this day and age, it makes sense to give people the option to send us fraud reports online,” Wilson said. 
    “This is another tool to help ensure that public money is being spent properly in Tennessee.”
    Wilson urges people to take advantage of the new service.

  • Kingston may extend new greenways

    Kingston City Council learned that the State of Tennessee doesn’t give refunds; but that the city can make up for any lost revenue with $280,000 in spare pocket change.

    At the Jan. 8 session, council voted on the long-delayed fate of Greenway D, the unfunded portion of the Ladd Landing Greenway, even as the rest of the project nears completion.

    The last of the project’s four greenways, D was cut out of the construction when the initial funding proved to be too little to cover the entire project cost.

  • Methmakers keep local law enforcement busy

    Seven people are facing child abuse and drug charges after numerous items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine were found Friday at 100 Oaks Apartments at 900 E. Wheeler St., Rockwood.

    “Deputies made contact with Christopher Lee Powers, who was holding a fixed-blade knife, in apartment 204,” the Roane County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. “Deputies observed Christopher Ryan Jenkins running toward a bathroom in the apartment carrying a glass container.”

  • Houstons face weapons charges; were under surveillance

    A surveillance camera mounted on a public utility pole last fall led to the arrest of brothers Rocky and Leon Houston on federal firearms charges Friday. The brothers appeared in court in Knoxville Monday.

    Agents and officers from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Roane County Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement agencies executed arrest and search warrants at the Houston family property located in Roane County.