Today's News

  • Less than 2 weeks left to file taxes

    With the tax filing deadline two weeks away, the Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers that quick and easy solutions are available if they can’t file their returns or pay their taxes on time, and they can even request relief online.
    The IRS expects more than 600,000 Tennesseans to file tax returns in the next two weeks and about 170,000 to request filing extensions.
    "Don’t panic, but be sure to act by the April 17 deadline" said IRS spokesman Dan Boone.

  • Glitterville’s Brown to judge on TLC series

    Rockwood native and artist Stephen Brown will be a judge on the new TLC series “Craft Wars.”
    The show, which focuses on craft enthusiasts, is hosted and executive produced by actress Tori Spelling.
    TLC’s website announced the show as well as Brown’s Glitterville website, www.glitterville.com.
    It debuts June 26.
    Brown’s company Glitterville sells whimsical products for festivities from birthdays to Christmas.
    The company also has a Halloween craft book for presale at vendors including Amazon.

  • Support urged at VA hospital meeting

    The kickoff meeting for the effort to get a Veterans Administration hospital in the Roane Medical Center building in downtown Harriman is at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Harriman American Legion 53 on Morgan Avenue.
    Tommy True, who has been instrumental in organizing the event, said it’s key that a large crowd shows up so that government officials take their endeavors seriously.
    “If people want this to happen, they really need to show up at this meeting and show a concern that they’d like to see it completed,” True said.

  • Robbery suspect arrested again on hearing day

    From staff reports
    The day of her scheduled hearing on one robbery charge, Tawny Michelle Inman was arrested on another one.
    Authorities charged her with attempted aggravated robbery last October for allegedly trying to hold up the Rocky Top Market on Bluff Road.
    She had a hearing scheduled in that case on Monday, when, according to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, she was arrested at the courthouse for aggravated robbery.
    That charge is for allegedly holding up the Rocky Top in Midtown last September.

  • GUEST OPINION: There’s still good news in journalism

    By Gene Policinski
    First Amendment Center
    The nation’s editors are gathering in Washington, D.C., for the annual convention of the American Society of News Editors — and the good news is the April 2-4 convention once again is being held in hotel meeting rooms, not on the ledges.

    Yes, there are continuing signs of economic trouble for the business of newsgathering and distribution — in particular for newspapers, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

  • Family upset over Barnett verdict

    Milford Barnett was released from jail the same day a jury found him guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the death of his mother Pearl Barnett. That doesn’t seem right to family members of the victim.

    “I don’t think it was justice for her,” daughter Vickie Nevels said.

    According to court records, Milford admitted to striking his mother in the head with a pipe. The victim’s niece also expressed disappointment about his newfound freedom.

    “It doesn’t quite seem fair to me,” Judy Baker said.

  • Houstons again a no-show

    Circuit Court Judge Amy Hollars started court a few minutes late on Tuesday.

    “I just wanted to make sure we gave ample opportunity for the defendants to arrive,” she said.
    Those defendants — brothers Rocky and Leon Houston — were a no-show for the hearing in Cumberland County Justice Center in Crossville.

    The Houstons are being sued by Pat Brown over the death of her son, Mike Brown.

  • Ark. man killed in I-40 crash

    An Arkansas man was killed in a one-vehicle crash on Mount Roosevelt Monday afternoon.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports 52-year-old Rubert Halsted of Russellville, Ark., was killed when the eastbound tractor-trailer he was driving on Interstate 40 went off the roadway and rolled onto its top.

    Halsted was negotiating a left-hand curve near mile marker 341 when he went off the road on the right shoulder, the report said.

    “The vehicle began to slide eastbound then rolled onto its top before coming to a rest,” the report said.

  • Leffew up to go from judge to city attorney

    Greg Leffew has served as Rockwood city judge for at least the last five years.

    Come next week, his role with the city could change.

    Leffew is proposed to take over as city attorney, a position left vacant with last week’s death of Elmer Rich, who
    had served the city for more than 40 years.

    Rockwood City Council will vote on the appointment of Leffew and city judge during a special-called meeting at 5:45 p.m. April 10 in Rockwood City Hall.

    Attorney Mark Foster has agreed to take Leffew’s post as judge.

  • Obstacles kept Barnett case on court docket for nearly five years

    Criminal defendants have a right to confront witnesses. Prosecutor Bill Reedy said that was one of the obstacles his office encountered in the Milford Barnett case, which took nearly five years to get to trial.

    “The things that kept this case from going to trial were beyond everybody’s control,” Reedy said.

    Milford Barnett was arrested on April 18, 2007. Police said they found his mother, Pearl Barnett, unresponsive at his home on Black Jack Road.