Local News

  • 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.

  • Former Midway football coach has DUI charge

    Former Midway High School head football coach and current Sweetwater head coach Craig Moser has temporarily stepped down as coach of the Wildcats following a Monday, July 22, arrest in Loudon for allegedly driving under the influence.

    The arrest took place at 12:26 a.m. at the Marathon station off Hwy. 72 in Loudon.

  • Sheriff’s crime map helps keep the public informed

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is touting a new program that could help the public stay informed about crime in Roane County.  

    “The Roane County Sheriff’s Office now has an online crime map called RAIDS Online that maps and analyzes crime data, alerts Roane County citizens about crimes in their area, and allows the Roane County Sheriff’s Office to quickly alert the public about crimes as they occur,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

  • Prosecutions move on unabated

    Despite the overcrowding problems at the Roane County Jail, District Attorney General Russell Johnson said it will be business as usual for his office.
    “Obviously, that’s in the back of our mind as we work,” Johnson said about the overcrowding. “But we’re not going to change anything until we have a meeting that results in some significant policy change.”

    The jail has a certified capacity of 174 inmates.

  • Tiegs guilty of lesser offense

    Registered sex offender James Allan Tiegs was found guilty of a lesser included offense during his trial in Roane County Criminal Court last week.
    Tiegs, 51, was charged with aggravated sexual battery.

    The jury instead found him guilty of misdemeanor assault. 
    “You always want the result that you argue before the jury,” prosecutor Bill Reedy said. “They just saw it differently than we did, but I don’t ever take issue with the jury’s verdict. They do their job.”

  • Local photographer goes wild

    Nothing is more peaceful for Rhonda McClure than capturing the magnificence of nature with a camera.
    “Everything about photography appeals to me,” said McClure, a Kingston resident.  “It is all I do with my spare time. It opens up the world. It lets you see the creation God has made that is so special that people miss.”

    She was recognized for her skill when her photo of a stretching buck was selected to be in the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency’s publication of their 2013-14 Tennessee wildlife calendar.

  • Ash spill mediation gets more time

    Another request for additional time to mediate in TVA ash spill litigation has been granted by Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan.
    A dike failure early on Dec. 22, 2008, at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant released more than 5 million cubic yards of ash into the environment.
    Last August, Varlan determined TVA caused the disaster. The litigation includes more than 60 cases and involves more than 800 plaintiffs. Varlan ordered the sides to mediate last November.