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Today's News

  • Houston a felon, judge declares

    U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. is recommending that Rocky Houston’s motion to dismiss his federal indictment be denied.
    Houston faces 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The alleged crimes occurred between Oct. 11, 2012 and Jan. 11, 2013.  

  • Man goes from meth registry to buying cold medicine

    Mack Edward Carroll was allegedly buying pseudoephedrine less than a week after being placed on the state’s Meth Offender Registry.
    That’s illegal, according to a warrant Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Steinmann filed against him in July.
    The warrant charged Carroll with promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing.
    Steinmann also charged Carroll, 31, with violating the Meth Offender Registry.

  • Donor gets 1st tennis court serve
  • Commission, school board need to be in step on BEP

    County commissions and school boards may argue about a lot of things, but an expert with the County Technical Assistance Service said the state’s Basic Education Program shouldn’t be one of them.
    “That’s something you’ll need to be on the same page on,” Wesley Robertson said. “You may fight about everything else, but how the BEP impacts your county, you’ll need to be walking in lock step on that.”

  • Former DA mum on convicted sex offender’s petition for right to vote

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s decision not to oppose restoration of citizenship rights for convicted sex offender Richard Keith McCarroll hasn’t sparked criticism from his former rival.
    “I’m not going to get in the business of criticizing the current DA,” Scott McCluen said Friday.
    McCluen served as district attorney general from 1998 to 2006. Johnson defeated him in the 2006 election.

  • Education Foundation kicking off Tuesday

    Roane County Schools Education Foundation will have a kickoff event at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 in The Roane Alliance at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.
    The newly organized nonprofit Foundation will raise funds through grants, private and in-kind donations to provide the best academic education and experience for its students, teachers and staff.
    The foundation is seeking to create partnerships within the community to support education in Roane County.
    For more information, call 705-8688.

  • 3rd industrial site certified by SelectTN

    A third prime industrial site in Roane County — the Jones Road site in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park —  has successfully been certified through the SelectTN state program.   
    “In the industrial recruiting world, a certified site is the cream of the crop,” said Leslie Henderson, President/CEO of The Roane Alliance, which includes the Roane County Industrial Development Board.
    The Jones Road site is the county’s latest to achieve the coveted certification in Roane County.

  • Tractor Supply opening PetVet Clinic

    As part of a continued commitment toward catering to all customers’ pet needs, Tractor Supply Co. is launching a PetVet Clinic to protect pets by providing all of their vaccination needs.
    Tractor Supply’s PetVet Clinic, operated by PawsPlus, will be available beginning this month at the Rockwood store at 1494 N. Gateway Ave.
    For information about clinic dates and times, call Rockwood’s Tractor Supply Co. at 354-0446 or visit www.petvet.pawsplus.com.

  • Feds cutting unemployment compensation by 4.4 percent

    Tennesseans receiving benefits through the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program will see a 4.4 percent reduction in their benefits starting this week.
    Benefits received under the state’s unemployment compensation program, generally the first 26 weeks (maximum) of available benefits, will not be reduced.
    The reduction is required through the federal Budget Control Act of 2011, also known as “sequestration.”

  • ORNL Friends to hear from Warmack

    Bruce Warmack of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s measurement science and systems engineering division will give a presentation during the next luncheon lecture meeting of the Friends of ORNL.
    “Making Machines Sense Our World” will be the topic of the Oct. 8 presentation.
    The meeting, open to the public, will begin at 11 a.m. in the UT Resource Center at 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
    Warmack, a physicist who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, has worked at ORNL in a variety of research areas since the 1970s.