Today's News

  • Arrests: Nov. 11-22, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Nov. 11 — Kristie Lee Poland, 38 102 E. Dunn St., Rockwood: violation of probation, driving on revoked/suspended license. Total bond $31,000; court date Jan. 13.

    • Jordan Ashley Childs, 26, 1649 Riggs Chapel Road, Harriman: driving on revoked/suspended license. Bond $2,000; court date Jan. 27.

  • Honoring Roane veterans: Compiled stories, photos to be published in upcoming book

    After a night of fun celebrating a comrade’s 20th birthday, Gerald W. Lay and the rest of the crew of a B-17G were awakened Saturday, Nov. 25, 1944, with news they had to fly a bombing raid to a German oil refinery.

    It was only his second mission. The crew had been in England only a month, and it was one that ended with Lay averting the enemy for days before becoming a prisoner of war at Camp Stalag 1 at Barth, Pomerania.

  • Harriman takes aim at slumlords

    Harriman may try a new tactic in addressing what officials refer to as slum lords renting out property in disrepair.

    Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley suggested a policy in which the city would be able to go into the rental property and clear it for habitation before a landlord can rent a piece of property.

    “You can’t go in and charge a fee to re-rent,” Kerley said. “You have to have an inspection fee.”

    Kerley said he thinks it might go a long way toward stopping landlords from renting substandard property.

  • Judge: Leon ‘truly a dangerous person’

    Leon Houston filed a public petition to counter the government’s contention that he posed a threat to the community.

    “Clifford Leon Houston is not a flight risk,” the petition said. “Clifford Leon Houston will be present for any and all court appearances imposed by the court.”

    Defense attorney Mike Whalen introduced the document at Houston’s sentencing hearing on March 4.

    More than 100 names were listed on the petition, which also called for Houston’s release from federal custody.

  • Curl acquitted of rape charge

    The lack of physical evidence linking Glen Curl to the 2008 alleged rape of a Michael Dunn Center client wasn’t lost on defense attorney Bob Vogel.

    “The state didn’t have it, and I thought it was something the jury ought to know,” Vogel said.

    The jury returned a quick not-guilty verdict against Curl Thursday afternoon.

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

  • Sheriff? Meet the sheriff

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton inspects Ridge View Elementary first-grader Kyler Teto’s handcuffs.

    The youngster and his classmate, Conner Slaven, both dressed as the sheriff on Career Dress-Up Day and were rewarded with a visit from the real sheriff.

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  • Ash Wednesday service

    Jennifer Watson receives ashes from the Rev. Kara K. Foster at Rockwood First Christian Church’s Ash Wednesday service.

    The service marked the beginning of the six-week Lenten season that culminates with the celebration of Easter.

    Celebrations of Lent include the annual Wednesday services in Harriman United Methodist Church.

    The first service will be at noon March 12 and will be led by Tom Hicks.

    A light luncheon provided by South Harriman Baptist Church will follow.

  • Harriman ponders special events permits to sell beer

    Beer at special events at designated places in Harriman may soon be a reality.

    Previous attempts to have a special event permit allowance have failed due to public outcry.

    A new ordinance, however, is much more specific.

    “We outlined it this time,” said council member J.D. Sampson. “It can’t be sold on the sidewalks. It can’t be sold at the Labor Day festival. We took care to designate certain areas that may be of interest if some groups came in.”

  • Attorney may call names, but he’s still on the case

    Rocky Houston accused his attorney of calling him a “(expletive) idiot” for refusing to take a plea deal on Jan. 28.

    Houston now wants Michael McGovern off the case, but he failed

    to convince U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr.

    “The defendant’s request for substitution of counsel is denied,” Shirley said in a seven-page order filed on March 4. “The court declines to substitute other appointed counsel for Mr. McGovern.”