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Today's News

  • 200,000 pain pills believed obtained in conspiracy

    John Wesley Goss ran an elaborate oxycodone operation between September 2010 and June 2012.

    The method he used to obtain pills is described in the federal plea agreement he signed on May 1.

    According to the document, Goss managed a group of addicts who frequented pain clinics and pharmacies to obtain what is believed to be more than 200,000 pills of prescription pain medication.

  • Leon Houston’s federal firearms trial postponed

    Leon Houston’s federal trial on a firearms charge, scheduled to start this week, has been postponed.

    He filed a motion for a continuance on July 25.

    According to court records, the government didn’t object, and the motion was granted by U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr.

    Houston, who is in custody at the Blount County Jail in Maryville, is charged in federal court with possessing a firearm while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance and threatening to kill attorney James Logan via telephone.

  • Gift of gab snags Woody $1,750 Rotary Club prize

    Rising Midway High School senior Aaron Woody won first place in the Rotary District 6780 Four-Way Speech Scholarship Competition.

    Woody was able to advance to the district contest after winning the Kingston Rotary Club contest and was awarded a $1,750 scholarship to the school of his choice.

    He competed last year for the scholarship chance and because he is a self-proclaimed talker.

    “I went and got second place after a double-header win for second and third,” Woody said.

  • Ahler leading Chamber of Commerce board

    Harriman business owner Chris Ahler is chairman of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce board for 2013-14.

    Ahler sits on Harriman City Council.

    He took over July 1 from Kenyon Mee, another sitting Harriman City Council member.

    Mee is facility manager of Diversified Scientific Services, a subsidiary of Perma-Fix Environmental Services.

    Mee will continue to serve on the board as chairman of the economic and community development committee.

  • Drug store holdup gets man 8 years

    Claude Damon Ladd pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery for holding up the Kinser Drugs in Kingston.

    He received eight years in prison.

    Prosecutor Bill Reedy said Ladd, 48, must serve the entire sentence.

    “Eight years at 100 percent,” Reedy said. “It’s not a 30-percent crime. It’s a 100-percent crime, day for day for eight years.”

    One of the unusual things about the Ladd case is how quickly it moved through the court system.

  • Committee to take look at school budget

    Roane County Board of Education’s plan to fix its financial problems for the 2013-14 school year is not a done deal.

    The Roane County Commission, the funding body for the school system, still needs to approve the plan. That’s not simply a formality.

    “There have been amendments in the past year that have not been approved,” Board Member Wade McCullough pointed out at the July school board meeting.

    The budget committee, which includes four of the 15 commissioners, will discuss the plan on Wednesday.

  • Correction to Aug. 2 edition

    The city of Rockwood hasn’t yet made any steps to impose a fee on yard sales, as was stated in the Aug. 2 issue of the Roane County News.
    Rockwood City Council approved returning the matter to the Rockwood Planning Commission for review.
    It was also said in the same issue that an amendment to Rockwood’s tattoo ordinance failed.
    Officials said the amendment did pass to remove the business hours limitation in the ordinance before the ordinance failed second reading in its entirety.
     

  • Sheila Lemons retires from courthouse
  • Coaches poll has Roane teams looking up

    Coaches spend the most time with their team and observing other teams.
    Fans of Roane County’s five football teams, however, are hoping they have missed out on their preseason predictions, as no team from Roane County has been picked to win a district title according to the 2013 Murphy Fair’s Coaches Poll.
    The highest projected finishing team in Roane County this season is Rockwood. John Webb’s Tigers are picked to finish second overall in District 3-A behind Grace Christian Academy.

  • Harriman Housing chief ousted

    Harriman Housing Authority is looking for new leadership.
    Its board voted unanimously to terminate director Sheila Smith, who had been on administrative leave while an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing were explored.
    The board consists of chair Wayne Best, Mike Demyanovich, Alicia Harris, Alfrieda Forney and Maria Nelson.
    Smith was accused of favoring family, including her son, Zachary Christian, who, since 2011, has been in and out of an HHA residence despite alleged criminal activity.