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Today's News

  • Houstons face weapons charges; were under surveillance

    A surveillance camera mounted on a public utility pole last fall led to the arrest of brothers Rocky and Leon Houston on federal firearms charges Friday. The brothers appeared in court in Knoxville Monday.

    Agents and officers from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Roane County Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement agencies executed arrest and search warrants at the Houston family property located in Roane County.

  • Harriman Happenings: Jan. 14

    Rod Parker and his wife, Shirlene Parker, spent last weekend in Florence, Ala., visiting his parents. Shirlene loves visiting with her in-laws and other family members with her husband.

    Get-well wishes to Jeanette Gallaher, who has been a patient in Roane Medical Center. She is now resting at home.

    Charles Warmley from Atlanta visited his aunt, Louise Warmley, last Wednesday.

  • Lawyer Butler’s hearing delayed

    The hearing that had been scheduled this week for Harriman attorney Donice Butler has been continued.

    Butler has been accused of misconduct by some of her former clients.

    The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, which oversees the conduct of attorneys, is seeking to have her disciplined over the allegations.

    The hearing before a three-member panel composed of attorneys had been scheduled for Jan. 16.  

  • Hanging up her pad and pen: Columnist calling it quits at 91

    Rockwood’s voice for community news — from social occasions to club meetings and guests to community members’ homes — is calling it a day.

    Josephine McKinney, the 91-year-old ’Round Rockwoodcolumnist for the Roane County News, has been writing some sort of local news column for a very long time, first taking over for her mother, Carrie Ramsey.

  • Oliver Springs, county mourns Sonny Harvey

    Sonny Harvey was a man who knew just about every little tidbit of history about the town of Oliver Springs.

    Claude Smith “C.S.” Harvey Jr., always known as Sonny, died in Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge Thursday, two days shy of his 83rd birthday.

    The historian had lived a very busy life, including his activities as a historian and chairman of the Oliver Springs Historical Society.

  • 7 jailed for child abuse at meth lab

    Seven people are facing child abuse and drug charges after numerous items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine were found Friday at 100 Oaks Apartments at 900 E. Wheeler St., Rockwood.

    “Deputies made contact with Christopher Lee Powers, who was holding a fixed blade knife, in apartment 204,” the Roane County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

    “Deputies observed Christopher Ryan Jenkins running toward a bathroom in the apartment carrying a glass container.”

  • Calfee, Travis among newest in Tennessee House

    The Tennessee House of Representatives officially gaveled into session last week, marking the beginning of the 108th General Assembly in Tennessee.

    Among the 31-member freshman legislative class are state Rep. Kent Calfee, R-Kingston, and state Rep. Ron Travis, R-Dayton.

    Both took the oath of office in Nashville last week and were officially sworn into the Tennessee House of Representatives.

  • Yager takes oath for second term

    State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, took the oath of office last week in Nashville as the 108th General Assembly was gaveled into session.

    The oath was administered by Supreme Court Justice William C. Koch during the legislature’s three-day organizational session.

  • Food City Races Against Hunger
  • Tax returns to be processed starting Jan. 30

    Following the January tax law changes made by Congress under the American Taxpayer Relief Act, the Internal Revenue Service plans to open the 2013 filing season and begin processing individual income tax returns on Jan. 30.

    The IRS will begin accepting tax returns on that date after updating forms and completing programming and testing of its processing systems.