Local News

  • 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.

  • Rockwood in search of new judge

    Rockwood City Judge Mark Foster will soon be leaving with his family for a new beginning when his wife Kara takes over as senior minister at Madisonville First Christian in Madisonville (Disciples of Christ) in Kentucky.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said he would be looking for someone to recommend to Rockwood City Council for approval and would be having a special called meeting sometime between now and the next city court date.

  • ‘We have a man here everyone has been trying to help’

    Rockwood City Councilman Harold Holloway defended the city’s actions to condemn the home of a veteran when he spoke during Council comments recently.

    Holloway said he has been biting his tongue as he hears some of the rumors and comments on social media sites that he says are untrue.

    “We have a man here everyone has been trying to help,” said Holloway.

    Holloway said employees at city hall have helped pay his utilities so they would be on in the winter.

  • VANDALS hit again
  • Field of DREAMS

    LexLin Gypsy Ranch in Roane County usually sells between 40-50 horses a year, but that’s not what President, CEO and owner Eric Barton likes most about his breeding operation.

    “I really like the donations more than the sells,” he said.

    Saturday was a big day for him. LexLin held its fourth annual Passing of the Lead ceremony, where it donates Gypsy Vanner horses to equine therapy centers from around the country.

  • Alleged Nazi saluter curses at judge

    The man accused of threatening to blow up a Harriman church had his case reset to Friday.

    James Lombardo appeared in Roane County General Sessions Court on Monday on charges of aggravated criminal trespass, harassment and disrupting or obstructing a meeting or procession.

    He was sent back to the Roane County Jail after reportedly cursing at Judge Dennis Humphreys during his Monday court appearance.

    Lombardo’s charges stem from a July 15 incident at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Harriman.

  • Rockwood cleanups may go to court

    Rockwood officials may be heading to court to demolish two more properties, in keeping with their cleanup goals in the community.

    Rockwood City Council approved resolutions to file a Roane County Chancery Court suit to enforce building inspector Harold Ishman’s orders to demolish structures at 725 N. Chamberlain Ave. and 803 N. Trinity Ave.

    One step to make cleanup enforcement, including demolition easier, is a proposed new ordinance.