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Today's News

  • Houston farm back in family after transfer

    Leon Houston may have a place to go when he gets out of prison.

    His father’s South of the River farm is now owned by his sisters — Lisa Burris and Debbie Cofer.

    Clyde Houston died on March 14, 2012. Cleveland attorney James F. Logan Jr. was appointed administrator of his estate in 2013.

    Logan transferred ownership of the 150-acre farm to Burris and Cofer in February of this year.

  • Former councilman, conservationist dies

    A former Rockwood City Council member and city utility board member died Saturday.

    Glen Long, who was married to current Councilwoman Jane Long for 54 years, was active in city government and other aspects of the community. It was through his role in city government that Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller got to know him better.

    “There isn’t no doubt he really loved our community,” said Miller.

    Glen Long served 12 years as a Rockwood City Council member and also sat on the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas board 14 years.

  • Jail infection suit dropped

    Brandi Rene Buckholtz voluntarily dismissed her federal lawsuit against the Roane County Jail, Sheriff Jack Stockton and Southern Health Partners.

    Buckholtz sued the county, the sheriff and Southern Health Partners last year, alleging the parties were responsible for her contracting the methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infection, more commonly known as MRSA while incarcerated at the Roane County Jail.

    The staph bacteria is highly dangerous and potentially deadly.

  • Hanging around at tumbling camp
  • GUEST OPINION — Fear: Clearly freedom’s most dangerous foe

    By GENE POLICINSKI

    First Amendment Center

    The Confederate battle flag is coming down in South Carolina, on store shelves and on license plates, and for most Americans, that’s just fine, even if we differ over its meaning.

    And therein is the real change.

  • GUILTY PLEA

    Nearly four years after the death of their son, Roy and Rebecca Harvey now have some sense of closure.

    The man responsible for his death, Eric Glenn Gallaher, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday.

    “I’m glad that it’s over,” Rebecca Harvey said after the hearing.

    “It’s part over. My heart’s never healed. It will never heal.”

  • Academy makes an ‘amazing’ difference

    Roane Academy staff want to change the lives of the young men who come through their doors.

    “It is an amazing program,” said Mark Akers, the Academy’s facility director. “The outcome for these kids has been very, very good” for the last four months.

    Roane Academy is a treatment facility for boys, typically ages 12-17, in state custody for a variety of reasons.

    Those reasons range from dependant and neglect cases where there are issues in the home to behavioral issues or juvenile justice cases.

  • Christmas deadline for school boundaries

    Roane County Schools will have a plan in place for redistricting by this Christmas.

    Roane County Board of Education approved the deadline during its monthly meeting Thursday.

    Board member Larry Brackett’s motion to develop a plan by the holiday was seconded by board member Danny Wright.

    In addition to setting a deadline to have a plan in place for the 2016-17 school year “it also gives parents ample time to prepare,” said Wright.

  • Rockwood to look at budget

    Rockwood City Council will meet for a budget workshop at 6 p.m. Thursday.

    That session will be followed by a possible first reading of the 2015-16 city budget.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said he wants to pass appropriations to get the fiscal year moving, like Roane County has done.

    He said he doesn’t necessarily expect a higher property tax rate.

    “Let me say this, I think our tax rate will stay at a $1 [per $100 valuation] unless the certified tax rate says we need to be higher,” Miller said.

  • S.C. man runs from lawmen

    A South Carolina man who allegedly led authorities on a foot pursuit was still in custody at the Roane County Jail on Friday.

    Quintin Tremaine Williams, 38, was apprehended at the Exxon on Kentucky Street in Kingston. He is charged with car theft, DUI, evading arrest and resisting arrest.

    According to the warrant filed by Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes, dispatch received a call on July 13 about a reckless driver on Interstate 40.

    Sheriff’s deputies were able to catch up to the vehicle, and it pulled over.