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  • Harriman sidewalk signs must go

    Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis thinks Harriman should make some changes to its codes enforcement.

    Ellis, whose family owns a small business called Ellis Surplus and Salvage, recently was miffed to find out he has been violating city codes by having a small sign on the downtown sidewalk.

    Other businesses, such as the bakery, also have had such signs, but officials said they also have been notified they must go.

  • Kingston seeks rehab funds

    The deadline looms for Kingston’s latest try at a Community Development Block Grant for 2013, the city council learned at this month.

    The CDBG is a $500,000 federal housing rehabilitation grant administered through the state. The grants require no matching funds.

    Kingston applied in 2012, but did not receive it.

    Council voted to try again. A community meeting on Dec. 18 saw 25 or more local residents express an interest in participating in the program.

  • Quick arrest in drugstore holdup

    Kinser Drugs in Kingston was robbed on Wednesday of $53,460 worth of pills.

    Claude Damon Ladd, 226 Little Johnson Valley Road, Kingston, has been charged with aggravated robbery in the incident.

    Kingston police received a call around 5:15 p.m. concerning a robbery at the store.

    “Upon arrival I spoke with Cameron Hamby and witnesses, which stated that a white male entered the store from the Third Street entrance yelling at everybody, ‘This is a robbery and I am not kidding,’” the police report said.

  • Rocky Houston indicted

    A federal grand jury returned a 14-count indictment against Rocky Houston on Tuesday. All 14 counts charge him with being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.

    He appeared before U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley on Wednesday for arraignment.

    “Sir, there will be a conflict of interest right here,” Rocky claimed.

    His brother, Leon Houston, listed Shirley as a defendant in a lawsuit that was filed in federal court in 2003. Rocky argued that’s why Shirley needed to recuse. The judge declined to step aside, however.

  • 18-year-old accused of computer theft

    A Rockwood teen is facing theft charges for allegedly stealing computers from Roane State Community College.

    Steven Austin Clark, 18, of 310 Douglas Ave., was arrested on Tuesday.

    The warrant said the computers were stolen from a computer lab in the Technology Building.
    Authorities said Clark took six computers, two at a time.

    The alleged thefts occurred between Nov. 1 and Dec. 14.

  • 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.