Today's News

  • Houston land will help poor

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity now owns some of the property that Rocky and Leon Houston lost in foreclosure.

    On March 12, 2009, the brothers and other members of the Houston family signed a deed of trust on four tracts of land that named Cleveland attorney James Logan as the beneficiary.

    The property was used to secure attorney fees and expenses for Logan.

  • School team gives Roane thumbs up

    The AdvancED review team that observed Roane County Schools last month came away impressed.

    Now the school system is in line for accreditation by the agency.

    “Based on our findings, we do recommend that you be accredited for a five-year term, and we will present that to the AdvancED Accreditation Commission,” Sharon Zimmers told the Roane County Board of Education on Feb. 20.

    The AdvancED Accreditation Commission meets in June.

  • Estes in trouble with law again

    Jim Estes, the father who twice allegedly violated an order of protection at Bowers Elementary School, has more legal trouble.

    Last month he was indicted

    on seven counts of prescription drug fraud. The charges are Class D felonies.

    According to the indictment, the 48-year-old Estes unlawfully obtained or attempted to obtain Diazepam and Carisoprodol on seven different occasions in 2013.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Morgan, Roane can find success together

    East Tennessee is about as homogenous as homemade granola.

    Everybody has their own recipe.

    My point is, although Roane and Morgan counties are close neighbors, they are strikingly different.

    Roane tourism has evolved around the deep waters of Watts Bar Lake. Meanwhile, the roar of traffic on Interstate 40 helps fuel the economy.

    Morgan is more remote. Its waters, especially the Obed Wild and Scenic River, run fast, free and clear.

    Those streams and the breathtakingly beautiful mountains and valleys make it an outdoor paradise.

  • Caregiver acquitted at rape trial

    Glen Curl, a Sunbright man who worked as a caregiver for the Michael Dunn Center, was acquitted of a rape charge in Roane County Criminal Court on Thursday.

    “I’m very pleased,” defense attorney Bob Vogel said. “I think it’s a good verdict. I think it’s the right verdict.”

    Prosecutor Bill Reedy also spoke about the case following the not guilty verdict.

    “We put forth everything we had,” he said. “Unfortunately, the jury said it wasn’t enough, but that’s the way it goes.”

  • Arrests: Nov. 3-11, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Nov. 3 — Brittany Marie Gunter, 23, 826 Terrace Drive, Kingston: DUI, expired registration, resisting arrest, violation implied consent law. Total bond $2,250; court date Dec. 9.

    • Leonard Lloyd James, 33, 929 Sewanee St. 101, Harriman: aggravated sexual battery. Bond $5,000; court date Nov. 4.

  • Roane County E-911: February Dispatches
  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Is Bryan College trying for new monkey trial?

    Gentle reader, before we get started on today’s topics, we would like to mention to you a brief thing we heard on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on Tuesday, a week ago, at approximately 7:40 a.m.

    The segment was about the up-coming Louisiana Senate campaign, and specifically about Sen. Mary Landrieu and the effect her vote for Obamacare might have on the outcome.

  • Vandy tips ease time-change disruption

    Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 9, bringing more sunshine in the evenings at the price of an hour of sleep. Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Center specialist Dr. Kelly Brown says a little extra planning can alleviate that groggy feeling that often accompanies the time change.

    “You wouldn’t think moving clocks an hour would make much of a difference, but it really can. Especially for night owls and people with underlying sleep disorders, it can be a tough transition,” Brown said.

  • Midway Middle students build, compete with working robots

    Engines hummed faintly at the cafeteria of Midway Middle School Tuesday as a fleet of tiny vehicles prepared to pick up  “toxic” waste.

    Three teams of students in the EXCEL after-school program there were trying out robotics products they had built.

    “They are developing vehicles to handle dangerous substances,” said instructor Mike Beard, a retired chemical engineer.

    In this case, the “dangerous” products were simple plastic containers.