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Today's News

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA vs. ROCKY JOE HOUSTON

    The secret pole camera police used to conduct surveillance of the Houston farm didn’t belong to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

    ATF Agent Jason Dobbs testified last week that the camera belonged to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office. It was used during the ATF’s investigation of Rocky Houston.

    A jury found Houston guilty last week of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.

    The trial, which took place at the federal courthouse in Knoxville, provided insight on how the secret pole camera worked.

  • White poised to be first retiree on REU board

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    and MIKE GIBSON

    Roane Newspapers

    It didn’t take long for an ordinance changing Rockwood Electric Utility board’s appointment policy to be implemented.

    Rockwood officials signed off last month on an ordinance that allows former REU employees to serve as members of the board.

    That paves the way for Kingston City Councilman Don White to be appointed as that city’s board representative.

  • Sewanee Street home burns

    A fire engulfed a vacated Harriman home at 417 Sewanee St. Thursday morning.

    “You could see the smoke from [fire]station 1,” Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said. “Station 2 could see it when they topped the hill at Sexton’s

    (Automotive). It is an unoccupied residence.”

    Goss said he believes the fire started at the front of the home.

    “We had to cut holes to ventilate,” he said. “The house is so dilapidated, the roof was falling in.”

  • Annexation legislation good news for Midtown businesses, residents

    Many Midtown business owners have made no secret that they have no desire to be annexed into any city limits.

    So a proposed state law that would require annexation be subject to approval by the majority of the residents in the proposed territory is particularly good news to their fight.

    Harriman most recently was looking down the commercial corridor of Hwy. 70 and received some outrage from a number of small business owners.

  • Ellis out for clerk, seeking re-election to commission seat

    Some changes took place last week in the race for Roane County circuit court clerk.

    Randy Ellis withdrew from the race, and Sarah E. Stewart turned in her petition.

    Ann Goldston, who currently works in the office as a deputy clerk, is the only other candidate to qualify for the race.

    Ron Berry, Raymond Murray and Darrell Wayne Sproles have picked up petitions, but had yet to turn them in, according to the Roane County Election Commission website.

    The filing deadline is April 3. The withdrawal deadline is April 10.

  • Loud nude lovers arrested for public intoxication

    While on routine patrol earlier this month, Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyrel Lorenz reported finding a naked man and woman having sex in a parked truck on Old Everton Road.

    Teresa Gail Andrews, 45, and Stephen Ray Ausburn, 43, were charged with public intoxication and indecent exposure in the incident.

    Lorenz said the truck was parked partially in the road.

  • Zaxby’s opening restaurant in Midtown

    From staff reports

    Zaxby’s, a restaurant chain known for its unique chicken offerings, should be open in Midtown’s Pinnacle Pointe Shopping complex this summer.

    “Our expected open date is middle July to early August,” said Jonathan Desilets of Avants Management Group.

    The chain is hiring, and Desilets said Zaxby’s will likely hire 35-40 employees in addition to one general manager and four assistant managers.

    A ground breaking will be soon.

  • Career Coach heading to OR

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    afind the most recent job listings?

    The Career Coach, sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Employment Security Division, will be at the Oak Ridge Public Library parking lot once a month from April to July.

    The Career Coach will be at the library at 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 9, May 14, June 11 and July 9.

  • VETERANS AND ACTIVE GUARD, RESERVE IN THE WORKPLACE

    Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office Manager Larry Kelly recently signed a Statement of Support with the Department of Defense Committee for Employer Support of Guard and Reserve.

    The statement affirms DOE Oak Ridge’s support for its employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

    Kelly, along with retired Major Gen. Jack D’Araujo, ESGR Tennessee Area Chair, and retired Brig. Gen. Jim Mungenast, vice chairman for Tennessee’s Department of Defense Committee for the ESGR organization, participated in the ceremonial signing.

  • Tennessee designated one of three ‘All Star Vet States’

    Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips take the state’s focus on veteran employment to a national stage.

    Tennessee, along with Iowa and Michigan, has been designated as an “All Star Vet State.”

    The pilot partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Hiring Our Heroes initiative includes a web-portal which helps veterans and service members all over the country quickly access Volunteer State resources at www.allvet