Local News

  • Dodd gets time in child rape

    A man accused of raping a 4-year-old won’t go to trial, but he could be in the Tennessee Department of Correction’s custody for up to six years.

    David Dodd, 42, was indicted in October 2008 on one count of rape of a child but agreed to a lesser plea of attempted aggravated sexual battery last week.

    The recommended punishment written on the plea agreement is six years in prison, with Dodd reporting to custody on April 9.

  • Morris murder case awaits evidence

    The murder of Brooke Morris remains under investigation nearly five months after her body was found in a rural section of Roane County.

    Authorities said the 23-year-old Knox County woman had been shot.

    Last month, District Attorney General Russell Johnson said the results from some evidence collected as part of the investigation is still pending.

    “We don’t have our labs back on all that yet,” he said.    


    In last Friday’s issue of the Roane County News, the address where Amanda Lynn Curry Grant was arrested on four counts of statutory rape against a 13-year-old boy was incorrectly stated. Grant was arrested at 170 Evans Heights.
    A caption in the Monday, March 12, issue of the Roane County News incorrectly listed Jimbo Duncan as owner of Memory Lane Antiques. The business is owned by Ronnie Gilmore.

  • Lawsuit against Houstons moved

    Roane County will not be the site for the civil trial against Rocky and Leon Houston.

    Circuit Court Judge Amy Hollars has decided to move it to another county, according to Putnam County Circuit Court Clerk Marcia Borys.

    Pat Brown is suing the Houstons over the death of her son. Mike Brown was killed along with Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones in a shootout with the Houstons on May 11, 2006.

    Brown was on a ride-along with Jones.

  • Golden arches to locate in Rockwood

    McDonalds has plans to build in Rockwood in the area near the Walmart shopping center.

    Fred Cox, construction manager for the project, recently went to the Rockwood Regional Planning Commission to discuss site plans and submit building plans to the building inspector.

    He said the restaurant could be open as early as autumn if construction starts as planned.

    “We plan to do it in the summer, hopefully in June,” Cox said.

    “It usually takes us about four months to build it,” he added.

  • TVA holding ash spill workshops

    Beginning this week, TVA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be holding a series of six workshops on the restoration of the river system affected by the December 2008 fly ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The one-hour workshops will cover topics ranging from wildlife impacts and studies, to cleanup costs, to the impact of ash that remains in the river system.

    Much of the 5 million cubic yards of ash that flowed from the site ended up in the Emory River.

  • Search community for schools director, audience requests

    Turnout at the public hearing for the director of Roane County Schools search was a small group, but one sentiment stood out.

    That was to interview all those from Roane County who applied.

    “I was a little disappointed when I read in the newspaper that we took a vote and decided that we weren’t going to  interview all the people in Roane County that are teachers or principals or whatever they are that wanted to interview for this job,” said Roane County Commissioner Bobby Collier.

  • Kingston land taxes may go up for city hall

    By Mike Gibson
    Kingston City Council members believe they may have their building — and their bargain — for a new city hall.

    If they elect to push forward now, the next step may be considering whether to raise taxes to pay for it all.

    Council moved on March 6 to place a motion on its March 13 agenda to purchase the Kingston Medical Plaza as the site of its new city hall.

  • Veterans lobby for VA hospital in old Harriman facility

    A veterans hospital in Harriman would be a tremendous benefit for area veterans who now travel about two and a half hours for treatments they cannot get at local VA clinics.

    That is why veteran Tommy True would like to see Roane Medical Center’s current location be turned into a veterans hospital once the facilities’ operations are moved to the new Midtown facility under construction by Covenant Health.

  • Film students get ET community lessons while honing their skills

    Roane State Community College students spending their days creating and editing programming for a new show on local cable access Channel 15 in Harriman aren’t merely learning the ins and outs of making video.

    Instead, in their Topics in Camera Production and TV Studio Production I classes, students are learning more about the community in which they live as they select topics for three episodes to be called “Scenic Backroads.”