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  • More time for Leon Houston?

    The government isn’t happy that Leon Houston’s sentencing range is 10 to 16 months.

    So much so that Assistant United States Attorney David Jennings is planning to present evidence to argue why Houston deserves more time.

    “The calculated guidelines range of 10-16 months does not adequately reflect the criminal history of the defendant, nor his danger to the community,” Jennings said in a court filing last week. “Therefore, the United States will be seeking an upward departure from the guidelines range.”

  • REU breaks usage record

    TVA wasn’t the only one breaking records during the frigid cold snap last month.

    Rockwood Electric Utility also set a record at 7 a.m. on Jan. 7.

    “We had an al-time system peak,” said system engineer Bill Musrock. “We were right at 89 megawatts.”

    The previous record was 86 megawatts in 2009.

    “We have several programs we use to help keep our peaks down. Peak shaving is very valuable to us,” Musrock said.

  • Fleischmann, Wamp good with UAW loss

    Congressman Chuck Fleischmann applauded the outcome of the secret ballot election at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

    So did his opponent, Weston Wamp.

    Employees there voted against being represented by the United Auto Workers.

    “I am very happy with the results of this vote,” Fleischmann said in a prepared statement. “Volkswagen has been a wonderful part of Chattanooga, and I look forward to their continued growth.

  • $500 reward offered after field damaged

    Tennessee Eagles Radio Control Club is trying to find out who has been riding a four-wheeler on its flying field, damaging the earth during the wet winter weather in recent weeks.

    There’s even a reward involved.

    Safety officer Bob Freels said club members are willing to pay $500 to someone providing information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

    “It has taken us seven years to get the grass to grow there. We try to take care of it,” said Freels.

  • TVA wants discrimation suit dismissed

    TVA has formally asked for dismissal of a federal lawsuit filed by a Knoxville man last July.

    Corey Hedrick claims he was subjected to racial bullying and sexual harassment while working as a laborer for G.UB.MK Constructors at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant in 2011. G.UB.MK had a contract with TVA, the suit said.

    He claims G.UB.MK and TVA retaliated against him when he tried to protect himself from alleged bullying and harassment.

  • A better bird

    A stressed cockatoo that was rescued from a house permeating with toxic methamphetamine fumes is finally growing back its feathers.

    “We have been taking it to the vet,” said Charles McPherson of One Stop Pet Shop in Rockwood.

    He took in the bird after it was confiscated from a meth house in Morgan County last year and given to the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    McPherson said the bird was put on antibiotics, but blood tests showed its kidneys might be abnormal.

  • Roane Central rates up by 20%

    Roane Central Utility District customers might experience a bit of sticker shock when they receive their next water bill.

    The utility’s board approved a 20-percent water rate increase Thursday to make up for a decrease in water sales to TVA, Roane Central’s biggest customer.

    Utility Manager Bob Creswell said the federal agency has made improvements to its Kingston Fossil Plant.

    “The result of that has reduced their use of water that they buy from us by about three-fourths,” Creswell said.


    With only one snow day remaining in the 2013-14 school year, Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes is hoping spring is right around the corner.

    “I didn’t think we would use this many,” Aytes said. “Hopefully these weather patterns will stop now.”

    Roane County students attend school seven hours per day in order to stockpile 13 extra days into the school year.

    Two of the days are used for staff development, and the other 11 are for inclement weather.

  • Suspects in killings may soon be on trial

    While trials are often postponed in Roane County Criminal Court, Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy is optimistic three high-profile defendants charged in area deaths could face a jury as scheduled in the upcoming term.

    “Any of them could go to trial and any of them could fall through,” Reedy said. “There’s just no way to predict that.”

    Eric Gallaher is charged with voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault-bodily injury in the death of David Harvey.

    His trial is scheduled for April 1.


    Science is not some students’ favorite subject during the day.

    The laughter heard from one Cherokee Middle School classroom would make one think otherwise.

    Nathan Shell’s sixth-grade science class created games in the style of “Minute-to-Win-It” as another way to learn about how energy is transformed.

    “This is a fun and different way of learning instead of sitting in our seats,” Shell said.

    “We are up and moving.”