Local News

  • Houston son says he’s not guilty

    Cody Clyde Houston was arraigned in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday. 

    He faces one count of vandalism under $500 for allegedly damaging the turf on the Midway High School football field. 

  • Mountain man’ to serve 3 years for sex crimes

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks declined to give probation to an Oakdale man who took sexually explicit pictures of a minor. 

    “I’m not sure if the defendant appreciates the seriousness of this offense,” Wicks said. 

  • DA looking into firm tasked with ash spill cleanup

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said he’s been disturbed by some of the things he’s heard from a lawyer representing people who worked on the TVA ash spill cleanup project. So much so that he’s considering launching a criminal probe. 

  • Rockwood man charged with rape

    A Rockwood man allegedly raped a teenager in Evans Heights Tuesday morning.

    Landon Adam Wolfe was arrested and charged with aggravated rape in the incident.

    According to the report, officers with the Rockwood Police Department were dispatched to Wolfe’s apartment at 146 Evans Heights just before 2 a.m. to investigate a rape complaint.

  • The heat is ON
  • ‘Thou shalt not’

    Two Harriman men are accused of trying to use a Bible to sneak drugs to an inmate in the Roane County Jail.

    James Dewey Sampson Jr., 43, and Alvin Dewey Sampson, 38, are each charged with introduction of contraband into a penal institution.

    According to the warrant, Alvin Sampson’s wife, Amanda Sampson, is an inmate at the jail.

  • Rocky Houston’s son in trouble with the law

    A 1992 Ford Ranger registered to federal inmate Rocky Joe Houston was found on the Midway High School football field on Jan. 31, 2016.

    His son, Cody Clyde Houston, is accused of driving the truck onto the field and damaging the turf. Cody, 26, faces a vandalism charge in the incident. The Roane County grand jury indicted him last fall. He was arrested on Monday.

  • Blinker on

    When it comes to fire, a closed door may not seem like much — but it could be what helps someone survive a fire.

    Rockwood Fire Department constructed a display of a door and walls as part of their community education efforts to share the Tennessee Fire Marshal’s campaign of “Close the Door!”

    “It can make a difference between life and death so what they are pushing is to shut your bedroom door at night,” said Rockwood Fire Chief Matt Crabtree.

  • Standoff defendant trial delayed

    A man accused of attempted second-degree murder saw his trial postponed again.

    Jeremy Gambrell was set to be in court on Tuesday, July 25, but the trial was continued.

    “The case has been rescheduled. There was a last minute question about some issues having to do with bullet wounds,” said assistant district attorney Robert Edwards.

    “I can tell you whether wounds are entry wounds or exit wounds has been given some extra attention by experts,” said Edwards.