Today's News

  • Tea Party forum to feature Mayfield

    Congressional candidate Scottie Mayfield is scheduled to speak to the Roane County Tea Party on Thursday at the Kingston Community Center.
    Tea Party media director Chuck Smith said questions will be allowed.
    “The (Tea Party) board is going to ask questions first,” Smith said. “They’re going to be drawn from a hat of questions that we have pre-written.”

  • Child starvation, Morris murder among indictments

    Several people are facing murder charges following this week’s meeting of the Roane County grand jury.
    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Shawn Smoot was indicted for first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Morris.
    Her body was found at Blair Road and Old Blair Road last October. Morris, 23, was shot to death.
    Authorities quickly named Smoot, a Knoxville insurance agent, as a person of interest.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton said authorities took their time in the investigation to make sure “we cover all our bases.”

  • Rocky Houston no-show for grand jury

    Judicial officials planned to allow Rocky Houston to present evidence on his conspiracy and corruption theories to the Roane County grand jury on Tuesday, but he was a no-show for his morning appointment at the courthouse.
    Rocky and his brother, Leon Houston, have long complained about conspiracies and corruption that supposedly involved officials in Kingston, Nashville and even Washington, D.C.
    Both Houstons were accused in 2006 of killing a Roane County deputy and his friend outside Leon’s home, but neither was convicted.

  • Underaged drinking alleged at candidate’s lakefront home

    Darrin Mossing, the husband of Roane County Board of Education candidate Rhonda Mossing, managed to avoid even a slap on the wrist for allegedly contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
    According to court records, the charge against him was dismissed on June 11. He paid $387 in court costs a few days later, records show.  
    Rhonda Mossing, who is seeking a school board seat in District 5/6, declined to comment on the matter, but court and sheriff’s office records said the case against her husband involved underage drinking.

  • McClure DUI hearing set for late summer

    The first court appearance for a Kingston City Councilman charged with driving under the influence won’t be until August.
    “It has been put off,” said Tom McFarland, who represents Kevin McClure. His new court date is 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20.
    McClure was taken into custody late on May 22 and released a few hours later on May 23.

  • HPD drug dog retires, new dog arrives

    Harriman Police Department said goodbye formally to longtime drug dog Dugan at the Harriman City Council meeting recently.
    Officers also welcomed a new dual-purpose dog,  Maxx.
    “We’re very thankful for agencies like K9s4Cops,” said handler Patrolman Brian Turner.
    The nonprofit organization funded the purchase of the department’s new animal after the decision was made to retire Dugan, who is about 11 years old.
    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason thanked K9s4Cops and gave some encouraging words to Maxx.

  • Car-surfing dog video bites state rep

    State Rep. Julia Hurley is again being hounded over a dog issue.
    This one involves a video that was posted on her YouTube Internet channel.
    The video showed a car driving down the road and the passenger dangling a dog out of the car.
    The video was removed after word of its existence began to spread.
    It was still available on Tuesday on another YouTube channel.
    Calls to Hurley’s cell phone went unanswered and messages were not returned.

  • Births: March 15-June 8, 2012

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    March 15 — Kayla Daugherty, Oliver Springs. A boy, Neyland Jace. Grandparents: Paula Daugherty; Steve Daugherty.

    March 29 — Misty and Phillip Webb, Oliver Springs. A boy, Phillip Eugene Jr., 6 pounds, 13 ounces. Siblings: Kaylee and Samantha. Grandparents: John and Brenda Elkins; Glenna Kay Webb and the late Sam Webb.

  • Property Transfers: April 5-9, 2012

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse April 5-9:
    From Michael J. Trapp and Kristie L. Trapp to American International Relocation Solutions by warranty deed, Dist. 2, Oak Hills Estates, Lot 10, $132,000.

    From American International Relocation Solutions to Luke Wurm and Renee Bonnin by warranty deed, Dist. 2, Oak Hills Estates, Lot 10, $132,000.

    From Larry E. Campbell and Jo Ellen Campbell to Thomas P. Hanrahan by warranty deed, Dist. 3, Rarity Ridge, sub-area K, Lot 598, Phase 7, $1,000.

  • General Sessions Court: April 20-27, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    April 20 — Michael B. Messamore, financial responsibility law and registration expired. Dismissed.

    • Casey A. Lemons, driving without license and light law non-motor vehicle. Dismissed. Seat belt 18 and older. Guilty.

    • John W. Clark, display of registration plates and obedience to any required traffic control device. Dismissed.