Today's News

  • Houston back in E. Tenn.

    After spending more than a year in a Kentucky federal prison, Leon Houston is back in East Tennessee.

    He was booked into the Knox County Jail on Friday.

    Last month, U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. ordered the U.S. Marshals to transport Houston back to the area for a motion hearing and scheduling conference, which is set for Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Knoxville.

    Houston, 56, was convicted in November 2013 for threatening to kill his former attorney via interstate commerce.

  • Annual street festival making more of a joyful noise

    We East Tennesseans bid farewell to summer in a big way on Labor Day weekend.
    The University of Tennessee Volunteers open football season with orange pride on Saturday in Nashville.
    Boomsday, Knoxville’s fireworks spectacular for 28 years, takes its final bow with a bang on Sunday.
    But in The RoCo, it’s Harriman that takes center stage.


    A TRIO OF TRIADS: A 3-on-3 basketball tournament for ages 10-16; teams can be co-ed. 11 a.m. Monday, Fred R. Davis Park (formerly Triangle Park), Harriman. 321-2130, or visit the Bria-Shannel Committee on Facebook for details.

    HORSIN’ AROUND: Two-day East Tennessee Cutting Horse Association show. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Roane State Expo Center’s indoor arena. Free to spectators. Lynn Hicks at 423-741-1435 or hhicks@btes.tv.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Will Bill get government out of government?

    As this is written, we know not what the next steps will be in the case of the Kentucky official who has been refusing to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples, claiming that to do so would violate her religious principles.

    There seems to be a lot of that going around these days, with folks claiming that their religious principles are endangered by baking wedding cakes, or providing flowers for wedding ceremonies, etc., etc.

  • Annual Labor Day picnic a tradition for Roane Dems

    Roane County Democratic Party’s annual East Tennessee Labor Day Picnic will be from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 at Roane County Park shelter 2 at 3515 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Tickets are $12 per person; ages 11 and younger eat free.

    Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 466-0418 or at the picnic.

    Keynote speakers will be Tennessee Democratic Party Chairwoman Mary Mancini and Terry Adams, founder and attorney with The Adams Law Firm.

    Entertainment will be provided by Todd Sharp and Terry Adams.

  • Harriman couple accused of break-in, robbery at gunpoint

    A Harriman couple has been arrested for breaking into a home and holding its occupants at gunpoint on Aug. 26.

    Jeremy Burress, 26, and Kayla Doniece Jeffers, 25, both of 303 Long Drive, Harriman, were arrested for aggravated robbery and theft of property not from a building (under $500), among other charges.

    According to an affidavit of complaint by Lt. Dan Schneider of the Harriman Police Department, the victims identified the pair as the suspects who robbed them at gunpoint.


    Another incident involving violence occurred at Roane Academy this week.

    “They called dispatch and said they had an unruly juvenile and wanted some assistance from the sheriff’s office,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    The incident happened Tuesday afternoon.

    According to the E-911 detail sheet, someone by the name of Tammy Proffitt called from Roane Academy and advised that a juvenile was “very violent” and had struck an employee in the head.

  • Kingston looks at 23-cent tax rate increase



    Kingston residents may be looking at a 23-cent property tax hike in the coming fiscal year.

    “I have never supported or proposed a tax increase,” said Kingston City Manager David Bolling Tuesday as he presented the proposed budget during its regular monthly workshop.

  • Farmer to plead guilty to federal firearms charge

    Tyler Farmer has made a deal in his federal firearms case.

    In exchange for pleading guilty to possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has agreed to dismiss a charge of knowingly possessing stolen firearms.

    Both Farmer, of 156 Greystone Way, Kingston, and his attorney have signed the plea deal.

    “The defendant is pleading guilty because the defendant is, in fact, guilty,” the agreement states.