.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Local News

  • Leon Houston’s federal firearms trial postponed

    Leon Houston’s federal trial on a firearms charge, scheduled to start this week, has been postponed.

    He filed a motion for a continuance on July 25.

    According to court records, the government didn’t object, and the motion was granted by U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr.

    Houston, who is in custody at the Blount County Jail in Maryville, is charged in federal court with possessing a firearm while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance and threatening to kill attorney James Logan via telephone.

  • Drug store holdup gets man 8 years

    Claude Damon Ladd pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery for holding up the Kinser Drugs in Kingston.

    He received eight years in prison.

    Prosecutor Bill Reedy said Ladd, 48, must serve the entire sentence.

    “Eight years at 100 percent,” Reedy said. “It’s not a 30-percent crime. It’s a 100-percent crime, day for day for eight years.”

    One of the unusual things about the Ladd case is how quickly it moved through the court system.

  • Committee to take look at school budget

    Roane County Board of Education’s plan to fix its financial problems for the 2013-14 school year is not a done deal.

    The Roane County Commission, the funding body for the school system, still needs to approve the plan. That’s not simply a formality.

    “There have been amendments in the past year that have not been approved,” Board Member Wade McCullough pointed out at the July school board meeting.

    The budget committee, which includes four of the 15 commissioners, will discuss the plan on Wednesday.

  • Correction to Aug. 2 edition

    The city of Rockwood hasn’t yet made any steps to impose a fee on yard sales, as was stated in the Aug. 2 issue of the Roane County News.
    Rockwood City Council approved returning the matter to the Rockwood Planning Commission for review.
    It was also said in the same issue that an amendment to Rockwood’s tattoo ordinance failed.
    Officials said the amendment did pass to remove the business hours limitation in the ordinance before the ordinance failed second reading in its entirety.
     

  • Sheila Lemons retires from courthouse
  • Harriman Housing chief ousted

    Harriman Housing Authority is looking for new leadership.
    Its board voted unanimously to terminate director Sheila Smith, who had been on administrative leave while an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing were explored.
    The board consists of chair Wayne Best, Mike Demyanovich, Alicia Harris, Alfrieda Forney and Maria Nelson.
    Smith was accused of favoring family, including her son, Zachary Christian, who, since 2011, has been in and out of an HHA residence despite alleged criminal activity.

  • Another Houston lawyer quits

    The displeasure Rocky Houston displayed with attorney Robert Kurtz during a hearing on July 8 was a sign of things to come.
    Kurtz was appointed that day to represent Houston in his federal firearms case. 
    “This man is ineffective,” Houston shouted in the courtroom. “I can’t work with this man.”
    Kurtz’s attempts to work with Houston over the next couple of weeks would prove unsuccessful.
    The lawyer filed a motion on Houston’s behalf on July 26 to review his appointment as counsel.

  • Tattoo battle dropped

    What can happen to one business can happen to any.
    That was among the concerns raised by Rockwood business owners who spoke out against proposed regulations  to  tattoo parlors in Rockwood, particularly limits to their hours.
    “If you can do it to them, you can do it to anybody,” said John Evans.
    The ordinance failed on its second reading last week, much to the relief of owners James and Alexis Spencer.
    “I think it is completely absolutely absurd,” James said.

  • Woman helps man stuck on train track

    John Binseel was proud when his wife, Barbara, gave a helping hand to a stranger recently.
    John Binseel said the couple had seen the wheelchair-bound man, who is missing a leg, earlier that day, but when they parked in downtown Rockwood later, they saw him again on nearby railroad tracks.
    “A wheel had fallen down next to the track, and he was stuck and couldn’t get out,” John said.
    His wife picked up the wheel and moved it.

  • Desired response

    Betty Foy of Renaissance Terrace was surprised with a flower bouquet and balloon to celebrate Make Someone Smile Week. Yellow flowers and balloons filled the halls and rooms thanks to Rosemary’s Florist. “People in the nursing homes are going through something life changing, so we wanted to get to them first,” said Misty Mangum with the flower shop.

    They brought in flowers and balloons to celebrate Make Someone Smile Week.
    The week, July 21-27, was sponsored by Teleflora, a flower delivery service.