Today's News

  • More time for Leon Houston?

    The government isn’t happy that Leon Houston’s sentencing range is 10 to 16 months.

    So much so that Assistant United States Attorney David Jennings is planning to present evidence to argue why Houston deserves more time.

    “The calculated guidelines range of 10-16 months does not adequately reflect the criminal history of the defendant, nor his danger to the community,” Jennings said in a court filing last week. “Therefore, the United States will be seeking an upward departure from the guidelines range.”

  • REU breaks usage record

    TVA wasn’t the only one breaking records during the frigid cold snap last month.

    Rockwood Electric Utility also set a record at 7 a.m. on Jan. 7.

    “We had an al-time system peak,” said system engineer Bill Musrock. “We were right at 89 megawatts.”

    The previous record was 86 megawatts in 2009.

    “We have several programs we use to help keep our peaks down. Peak shaving is very valuable to us,” Musrock said.

  • Fleischmann, Wamp good with UAW loss

    Congressman Chuck Fleischmann applauded the outcome of the secret ballot election at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

    So did his opponent, Weston Wamp.

    Employees there voted against being represented by the United Auto Workers.

    “I am very happy with the results of this vote,” Fleischmann said in a prepared statement. “Volkswagen has been a wonderful part of Chattanooga, and I look forward to their continued growth.

  • $500 reward offered after field damaged

    Tennessee Eagles Radio Control Club is trying to find out who has been riding a four-wheeler on its flying field, damaging the earth during the wet winter weather in recent weeks.

    There’s even a reward involved.

    Safety officer Bob Freels said club members are willing to pay $500 to someone providing information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

    “It has taken us seven years to get the grass to grow there. We try to take care of it,” said Freels.

  • TVA wants discrimation suit dismissed

    TVA has formally asked for dismissal of a federal lawsuit filed by a Knoxville man last July.

    Corey Hedrick claims he was subjected to racial bullying and sexual harassment while working as a laborer for G.UB.MK Constructors at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant in 2011. G.UB.MK had a contract with TVA, the suit said.

    He claims G.UB.MK and TVA retaliated against him when he tried to protect himself from alleged bullying and harassment.

  • GUEST OPINION: Headlight flash can be free speech issue

    First Amendment Center
    If you associate the First Amendment more with the rarified air of constitutional debate, or powdered wigs and colonial days, try thinking in more modern terms — say speed traps and blinking headlights.

    For most of us, much of the Bill of Rights comes into play infrequently, if ever.

    A few examples: According to a 2013 survey, only one in three U.S. households are home to a firearm (Second Amendment).

  • A better bird

    A stressed cockatoo that was rescued from a house permeating with toxic methamphetamine fumes is finally growing back its feathers.

    “We have been taking it to the vet,” said Charles McPherson of One Stop Pet Shop in Rockwood.

    He took in the bird after it was confiscated from a meth house in Morgan County last year and given to the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    McPherson said the bird was put on antibiotics, but blood tests showed its kidneys might be abnormal.

  • Lady Waves fall at Grace, 58-38


    The 2013-14 season ended Friday night for the Midway Lady Waves as John Leffew’s squad came up on the short end of a 58-38 decision against Grace Christian Academy in the opening round of the District 3-A Tournament.

    The Lady Rams grabbed the lead early and never looked back in advancing to the tournament semifinals.

  • Calvary crushes SCCS, 46-13


    The Calvary Middle School boys recently took the floor and picked up a 46-13 victory over Seymour Community Christian School (SCCS).

    The first quarter opened quickly with Calvary’s Landen Treadway draining a 3-pointer. He continued moving Calvary’s point total up with back-to-back assists to Jordan Snow for buckets.

  • ’Dogs take out ’Cats, 71-50


    In what was truly a rowdy and raucous atmosphere at Oliver Springs’ Terry L. Hacker Gymnasium, the Wartburg Bulldogs seized upon the crowd's energy and rolled past the Oliver Springs Bobcats by a 71-50 margin Friday night in the opening round of the District 4-A Tournament.