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  • Schools have requested tax increases prior

    One of the talking points during the debate about Roane County Schools request for a 14-cent increase in the property tax rate focused on the last time the schools requested an increase.

    “I believe it is evident by our clean audits and not asking for a tax increase since the 1980s that this school board and system have been excellent stewards of the funding received,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said in a letter to the editor.

  • Titans player saves family from car fire

    The 340 mile marker on Interstate 40 in Roane County was the site of a vehicle fire where a Tennessee Titans rookie linebacker reportedly helped save a woman, her children and their dog.

    “We were going up a hill and the car in front of me started smoking,” Jonathan Willard told ESPN. “Probably about 30 seconds after that, I saw two big flames come from the car.”

    The incident happened last Tuesday. Willard said he and another good Samaritan got the driver, identified as Cheri Hubbard of South Daytona, Fla., to pull over.

  • Korean veterans: recalling the forgotten war

    Edward Johnson saw two major wars while in the U.S. Army.

    The World War II and Korean War veteran, now 86, remembers a lot from those days, particularly the hardships of Korea.

    “When I was in Germany I was military police. When I was in Korea, I was combat engineer. I built roads, built bridges, things like that,” explained Johnson.

    In Germany he sometimes came across someone wanting a fight, but the war itself was pretty much over. Korea, however, was a time where he spent many times under fire.

  • Wounds remain after Korean War

    Ellis Coleman has more than the tragic memories of his time and his comrades in Korea.

    It has been 60 years since the Korean War ended, but he still suffers from health related issues due to his injury suffered by a 120 mortar shell during his first tour as a rifleman in 1951.

    He did two tours in the rough climate and mountainous terrain and got numerous accolades including Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.

  • Stockton gives to children’s hospital, high schools

    East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Community Development Manager Callie Word said she’s always moved when someone wants to give back to the hospital because of a personal story.

    Earlier this month she heard one from Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    “One of our most rewarding experiences as a hospital is when people have a personal story, which he did, that brings home to them how much our staff is dedicated to every child that comes in,” Word said.

  • Women taking care of themselves

    It was six women against two men Tuesday at Keko’s Academy of Martial Arts, but this wasn’t your average gang up.

    It was a women’s tactical defense and rape prevention course instructed by Kyoshi Peter Keko and Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Mitch Grigsby.

    During the course, women 13-years-old and above will learn posturing and body language, psychological and evasive tactics and defense from attempted rape.

  • Houston seeks informant’s ID

    Leon Houston has been trying to find out the identity of the confidential informant who spoke to the FBI about his brother possessing firearms.
    Rocky Houston, a convicted felon, is not allowed to possess firearms. After a months-long investigation, he was indicted by a federal grand jury in January on 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
    Leon Houston 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 by telephone.

  • Leon Laments Legal Resources

    Preparing a defense while an inmate at the Blount County Jail has been difficult for Leon Houston.
    “I’ve tried to order legal jargon,” he told U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. on Monday. “I’ve been denied legal jargon and case law. It’s hindering my defense.”
    Leon Houston is representing himself on a federal charge of possessing a firearm while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.

  • Suspect found in quarantined residence

    A man wanted on drug charges was reportedly arrested at his quarantined meth house on Wednesday.
    According to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, deputies went to Michael Derrick Muir’s home on Harrison Lane on July 17 to arrest him on an outstanding warrant.
    “Upon the deputies arrival, Muir fled the residence on foot,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release. “Muir left behind his two small children, and a female that was living at the residence.”

  • House burns quickly in Harriman

    When Harriman Fire Department arrived at 260 Baumgartner Road last weekend, the home was already engulfed in flames.
    “The fire department was on arrival within two minute of being paged out. The structure was completely involved. Even when the neighbors called it in they said fire  was already coming out of the top,” said fire chief Brad Goss.
    “It took us probably 45 minutes to actually get it under control.”
    The owners were out of town, according to Goss.
    The department was paged just before 1 a.m. Sunday morning.