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Today's News

  • Houston trial reset for January

    Rocky Houston’s federal firearms trial has been postponed again. It was scheduled to start on Tuesday, but U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. granted another continuance last week.

    Houston’s court-appointed attorney – Michael P. McGovern – filed a motion to withdraw from the case on Nov. 1.

    Shirley reset a hearing on McGovern’s motion for Dec. 9 and moved the trial to Jan. 28.

    Houston faces 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, which could net him up to 140 years in prison if convicted.

  • Fort Southwest Point sets Christmas candlelight tour

    Kingston’s Fort Southwest Point will host a Christmas candlelight tour and reception next weekend.

    The tour and reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14.

    The public is welcome to visit and experience the sights, sounds and flavors common to the people of the 18th century.

    Guests will be greeted at the visitors center for the candlelight tour of the fort.

    Beeswax candles will light the walkway, and bagpipe music will set the tone.

    Special attention will be given to recreate an atmosphere of the past during the event.

  • The Garden Gate: Don’t take the common grapefruit for granted

    Crusaders arriving in the Holy Land during the 12th century were amazed and excited to learn that apples, supposedly the forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden, were not native to this land.

    Many researchers today believe the forbidden fruit was the apricot. But the Crusaders of the 12th century thought it was the big, yellow citrus fruit they called the pomolo.

    This tropical fruit would grow in England, but it flourished in the islands of the Caribbean.

  • THP to conduct license checks in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct two driver’s license roadside safety checkpoints this month in Roane County.

    The first will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 6 at Eagle Furnace and Winton Chapel roads near Rockwood.

    The second checkpoint will be from 8 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13 on Pumphouse Road at Arp Drive near Rockwood.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

  • State’s DAs honor Yager’s Senate work

    The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference recently honored state Sen. Ken Yager for his work in the Senate.

    Yager received the award at a meeting of the group attended by district attorneys statewide.

    “We greatly appreciate the tireless work and steadfast commitment of Sen. Yager to first understand, and then develop workable solutions, to some very difficult crime problems,” said James W. Kirby, executive director of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference.

  • Tuba solo part of program

    A tuba solo by Joe Williams with accompaniment by Barbara Miles is among the program features of the Harriman Music Club meeting on Dec. 12.

    The meeting starts at 3:30 p.m. in the home of Nancy Newcomb; co-hostesses are Linda Raby and Wilda Taylor.

    The program theme, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” will be presented by Newcomb. Also on tap are a vocal solo by Terry Utsey and a sing-a-long led by Mary Hickey and friends.

    The Hymn of the Month will be presented by Peggy Sheppard.

  • Alzheimer’s group applauds The Bridge

    The Bridge at Rockwood was recognized recently at an awards ceremony for the center’s efforts for the Alzheimer Tennessee Five-County Walk earlier this fall.

    The Bridge of Rockwood team was honored as one of the top fundraising teams for this year’s event.

    On hand for the ceremony are, from left, state Rep. Kent Calfee, Sandy Langley

    and Kathy Parks of The Bridge at Rockwood, Walk Chairmen David Erb and Terry Payne. Thirty-nine teams participating in this year’s walk raised $68,431.

  • Free legal assistance helped 1,800 in state

    Tennessee lawyers helped 1,800 state residents by providing free legal information and advice throughout October as part of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Celebrate Pro Bono initiative.

    “During these economically challenging times, so many of our fellow Tennesseans have unmet legal needs,” said Tennessee Bar Association President Cindy Wyrick.

  • Be wary of some soliciting for typhoon relief

    The Internal Revenue Service is warning consumers about possible scams soliciting donations for victims of last month’s Typhoon Haiyan.

    The typhoon, known as Yolanda in the Philippines, made landfall in the central Philippines, bringing strong winds and heavy rains that have resulted in flooding, landslides and widespread damage.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... on a European adventure!

    The Roane County News became quite the globetrotter in November, when it accompanied Jim and Mary Anne Smith on a grand European tour aboard the Viking Skadi.

    The tour started with three extra days in Budapest, Hungary, where the couple and the News pose in front of Matthias Church, dating back to the 1100s.