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Today's News

  • Randolph pleads not guilty

    Accused robber Mark Andrew Randolph pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in U.S. District Court last week.
    Randolph faces five counts of robbery, five counts of using a firearm during a crime and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
    The court appointed attorney Jonathan Moffatt to represent him in the case.
    Randolph is accused of robbing a Shell Favorite Market in Sweetwater, a Subway in Lenoir City, a Subway in Knoxville, a Sonic in Knoxville and Rocky Top Market on Bluff Road in Kingston.

  • Kingston to consider policy to regulate cold-pill sales

    Kingston City Council plans to discuss an ordinance at its Tuesday workshop that would regulate the sale of ephedrine- and pseudoephedrine-related products within the city limits.
    Cold and allergy-relief medications that contain ephedrine and pseudoephedrine can be used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine.
    “I’m still for trying to get a prescription requirement for pseudoephedrine,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

  • BIG RED DEBUT

    Rockwood Fire Department welcomed its new Sutphen G-2 pumper truck earlier this month. Community supporters turned  out for the unveiling. “This is a $410,000 investment for Rockwood,” Mayor James Watts said.

    Rockwood Assistant Fire Chief Matt Crabtree, center, holds a teary-eyed Fire Chief Mike Wertz as the new fire truck rolled into town. Wertz was overwhelmed with the support he had been given by the city of Rockwood. The new truck will replace another vehicle in the department’s aging fleet.

  • Authorities still focused on killing

    Another Roane County grand jury session has come and gone, and still no one has been charged in the 2012 shooting death of Russel Charles Blevins.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton said the case remains under investigation.
    “We’ve definitely not forgotten about it,” he said.
    According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, family members found Blevins, 85, dead of multiple gunshot wounds in his home at 138 Hart Orchard Road, Kingston, on Aug. 12, 2012.

  • Airport Road to reopen soon

    A popular shortcut from Cumberland and Morgan counties to Rockwood may soon reopen.
    “We are actually in the process of trying to open Airport Road back up,” said Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson.
    Ferguson said he hopes to have the road open in the next couple of weeks, but completion of work may postpone the opening until the first of December.
    “We took the asphalt top layer down to the dirt,” Ferguson said of the process to mend the sinking roadway.

  • Leon Houston federal trial to start today

    After multiple delays, Leon Houston could finally face a federal jury this week.
    As of late Friday, his trial on a firearms charge was still listed on the U.S. District Court calendar.
    According to the calendar, the trial is scheduled to start today – Monday – at 9 a.m. in the federal courthouse in Knoxville.
    Houston was previously scheduled to stand trial in March, August and September, but all those trial dates were postponed.
     He’s charged with possessing a firearm while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.

  • SPONGEBOB IN ROCKWOOD?

    Two-year-old Kameron Pelfrey, dressed as SpongeBob SquarePants, is among the trick-or-treaters frequenting Rockwood’s Kingston Avenue on Halloween night. Superheroes, princesses and those wearing spooky garb to reflect the season are among those scooping up the treats. Look for more little goblins and sweethearts in Wednesday’s issue of the Roane County News.

     

  • VEC helps Operation REACH, others
  • Contract managers to meet

    The East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association will have its monthly membership luncheon Nov. 6.
    The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. in Oak Ridge’s Double Tree Hotel.
    Jan Zeigler, South Carolina customer service director for the General Service Administration, will discuss “GSA Solutions.”
    Lunch for $15 for members, $20 for the general public.
    Those planning to
    attend are asked to RSVP to Vicki Dyer at 865-
    483-9332 by 10 a.m. Nov. 5.

  • Workshops aim to help small-business owners

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center will offer free workshops this week for small business owners and entrepreneurs.
    Two workshops are planned for Nov. 5. “How to Do Business With the Government” will be from 9 a.m. to noon. The Small Business Administration’s 8a Business Development Program will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    Two additional workshops will be on Nov. 8. A small-business start-up seminar will be from 9 a.m. to noon, with a session on funding a business from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.