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Today's News

  • OSMS splits with Coalfield

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Lady Bobcats used 15 points from Sarah Channell to help guide them to a thrilling 42-39 triumph Monday evening over the Coalfield Lady Jackets. 

  • Franklin signs with Carson-Newman

    Roane State Community College sophomore basketball player Jassmine Franklin has signed to play for Carson-Newman College next season.

  • Bobcats roll past Oakdale

    It might have been dreary outside, but all was good inside Terry L. Hacker Gymnasium Tuesday night for the Oliver Springs Bobcats and Lady ‘Cats as both teams cruised to wins over visiting Oakdale.

  • Rocky Houston to be arraigned today on 14-count indictment

    Rocky Houston is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in U.S. District Court on a 14-count indictment handed down Tuesday by a federal grand jury.

    Houston, 52, of Ten Mile, was arrested late last week by U.S. marshals and charged with being a felon in possession of firearms. His 54-year-old brother, Leon Houston, also of Ten Mile, was also arrested and indicted by the federal grand jury for possession of firearms while being an unlawful user of controlled substances.

  • Workplace wedding at Dunn Center

    For Melinda Young and Brian Johnson, Michael Dunn Center is more than just a place to work.
    The service center for the developmentally disabled is where they met and became a couple 12 years ago, and where they’ve developed many friendships.
    It’s why they held their wedding at the facility, with service recipient Leslie as best man and Michael Dunn Center President and CEO Mike McElhinney officiating the ceremony that started at exactly 12:12 p.m. on Dec. 12, 2012.

  • Secret camera nabs Houstons

    Rocky Houston left the federal courtroom in Knoxville on Monday shouting about a surreptitious camera.
    He had reason to be upset.
    According to a criminal complaint filed against him, on Oct. 9 last year, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives quietly had a video camera installed on a public utility pole with a view of his Barnard Narrows Road home.
    “On Oct. 11, 2012, Rocky Houston was observed holding what appears to be a high-powered rifle with a scope attached,” the complaint said.

  • Deadly Oliver Springs shooting called ‘self-defense’

    Police said a father acted in self-defense when he shot and killed his son on Sunday.
    The incident happened at 1678 Old Harriman Hwy., Oliver Springs.
    State property records list Vincent and Sandra Brown as owners of the home.
    According to E-911 call records, Josh Brown told dispatchers that his father Vincent shot his brother Michael in the chest.
    Michael, 36, did not survive.

  • Judges recuse themselves in McClure DUI

    The driving-under-the-influence hearing of Kingston City Councilman Kevin McClure has again been postponed.
    This time the delay was because judges Dennis Humphreys and Jeff Wicks have recused themselves. The case will be postponed until a judge can be appointed by the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts.
    Police said McClure was found unresponsive in his still-running vehicle in the middle of Ladd Wright Road on May 22, 2012.
    Police reported breaking a window to get inside and that a half empty vodka bottle was in a bag in the back seat.

  • Comptroller makes it easier to report fraud

    Roane Countians have a new way to alert the state about suspected cases of public corruption.
    Earlier this month, Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Justin P. Wilson announced the start of a new online tool for reporting fraud, waste and abuse.
    “In this day and age, it makes sense to give people the option to send us fraud reports online,” Wilson said. 
    “This is another tool to help ensure that public money is being spent properly in Tennessee.”
    Wilson urges people to take advantage of the new service.

  • The Garden Gate: Things always rosy for perfumes

    The history of perfume parallels the history of civilization. For almost as long as there have been human beings, people have used many and varied ways to capture the scents of flowers and plants to use when the real ones were not available.

    Many primitive people used smoke perfumes. Aromatic plants, tree resins and fragrant herbs were burned, and garments and other textiles were held in the smoke to perfume them. Some American Indian tribes still do this as a ceremonial ritual. This, of course was the beginning of the development of incense.