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Today's News

  • Lawbreakers in Rockwood may help police buy new computers

    People who are sent to Rockwood City Court could feel a slightly bigger pinch than before.

    Rockwood City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance to tack on a $5 “technology” fee at its meeting last month.

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright said the department has computers, tablets and software needs that this would go toward.

    “It is our recommendation we don’t touch it the first year,” said Wright.

    He wants to see the fund build up so the city can use it to upgrade technology as needed.

  • Houston brothers together again – in Bluegrass State

    Brothers Rocky and Leon Houston no longer live on the same Roane County farm, but they are in the same state.

    The Federal Bureau of Prisons has both serving time at facilities in Kentucky.

    Rocky is incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in Ashland — a low-security institution with an adjacent minimum security satellite camp.

    Rocky, 53, was found guilty in March of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms. He received a nine-year sentence. The Federal Bureau of Prisons list his release date as Nov. 13, 2020.

  • Middle College ‘best of two worlds’

    Each morning, a group of 33 high school students attends a course at Roane State Community College’s Roane County campus.

    The first class of Roane State’s Middle College is a chance to get college courses out of the way. Done right, the juniors will also graduate high school with an associate’s degree.

    “It is just great to get a head start,” said Abby Higgins.

  • Hearing on tax-hike request

    The Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2014-15 budget on Thursday.

    The Roane County Board of Education is asking for a 9-cent increase in the property tax rate to fund the school budget.

    “So far everything has been respectful on both sides,” Commissioner Bobby Collier said. “I’m hoping that’s going to continue.”

  • Free eats for some schools in Roane County

    Students at Ridge View Elementary in Rockwood, Bowers Elementary and Harriman Middle School in Harriman and Midway Elementary are all eating for free.

    The funds are from the Community Eligibility provision of National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said those schools all have the highest indicators of need in the system.

  • Manson Clan’s Davis refused parole again

    A California parole board’s decision to release Charles Manson follower and Roane County native Bruce Davis has been overturned again.

    Manson and his followers went on a killing spree in 1969. Davis was convicted of the murders of Gary Hinman and Donald “Shorty” Shea. He was sent to California state prison in 1972 with a life sentence.

    He was granted parole in March, but the parole board’s decision was overturned by California Gov. Jerry Brown last week.

  • Porter Park’s renovation moves to faster track

    Kingston’s newest old park will soon get a serious upgrade, and Kingston officials are now hashing out the details.

    The county deeded Gertrude Porter Park — which used to be school property — to the city in February. And while city officials were pleased with the prospect of acquiring the facility, they knew it needed more than a little rehabilitation. Toward that end, they applied for a $250,000 Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant from the state.

  • Election snafu costs us all in voter confidence

    There probably isn’t anyone beating himself up out there worse than Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway last week.

    You could see it in his face Friday as the commission and witnesses dealt with the problem of an uncounted early-vote card from a Harriman precinct voting machine.

    But voting is serious business in a democracy, and so we feel we must add our voice to those criticizing the mistake.

  • Lawyer claims gunfire at cat sanctuary

    Tiger Haven neighbor Toby Rhynehart and his attorney allege shots were being fired inside the big-cat sanctuary last week.

    They called police, although they don’t believe shots were being fired at them.

    Rhynehart faces a reckless endangerment charge for allegedly shooting at Tiger Haven on May 14, 2013. He denies the charge, insisting he was shooting at a private range built on his 114-acre farm that abuts Tiger Haven.

  • Star in the works