Today's News

  • Leon Houston acquitted on federal weapons charge

    Leon Houston has been acquitted of a federal weapons charge by a federal jury. "Praise God," Houston shouted when the judge read the verdict in U.S. District Court in Knoxville Wednesday. Houston acted as his own attorney in the trial, which began Monday. He was accused of possessing firearms while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.  

  • Prosecutorial team gets depth

    The addition of two new assistant district attorneys could be crucial for the future of District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s office.
    Deputy District Attorney General Frank Harvey and Assistant District Attorney General Patti Murphy plan to retire next summer.  
    “They’re our two most senior, other than (Assistant District Attorney General) Bill (Reedy),” Johnson said. “I don’t have a lot of trial experience outside of Frank and Bill.”

  • Progress on Manhattan Project park subject of public meeting

    The Oak Ridge Heritage & Preservation Association’s next membership and public meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Midtown Community Center (102 Robertsville Road) in Oak Ridge.
    Karen Doughty, Department of Energy Environmental Management, will present a status update of the K-25 Historic Preservation initiative.  Doughty is responsible for the project management oversight and will review the status of the project.
    The Request for Proposals have been received and are being evaluated.  There were nine pre-qualified bidders.


    On Friday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. bring household recyclables to the Roane County Recycling Center in Midtown in honor of America Recycles Day 2013.
    Representatives from Keep Roane Litter Free and Roane County Recycling Receive will distribute useful information about recycling and litter awareness in Roane County.
    The oublic can also view the recyclable material sorting process, take the “I Recycle” pledge and meet representatives from recycling vendors and industries as well as litter pick-up employees and volunteers.

  • Holiday fire season is time for caution

    Holiday activity and excitement tend to make people less careful at a time when they should be even more cautious.
    In the United States, there are an estimated 47,000 fires every holiday season that claim more than 500 lives a year.
    The Hearst Burn Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center has joined with the New York City Fire Department to offer these special tips for the holiday season:

  • Power outage for South of the River

    About 500 Volunteer Energy Cooperative customers in Roane County will experience a brief power outage from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
    The area affected is on Hwy. 58 north of Woody Lane. Neighborhoods affected include Anglers Cove, Marney Cove, Mariners Point, Southwest Point and Riverchase.
    The outage is required to allow VEC crews to complete system improvements that will increase the capacity and reliability of service in the area. VEC apologizes for any inconveniences the outage may cause. 

  • Accident at intersection leads to prayers

    A woman was cut out of a white Oldsmobile part of a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon at Hwy. 70 and Pine Ridge Road.

    “He said she was unconscious when they cut her out,” said Carol Holloway, who’s husband, Leonard, was driving the red GMC truck that was also involved in the accident.

    Holloway said they spent five hours at Roane Medical Center themselves with tests to ensure Leonard was not seriously hurt.

    The pair also hoped find out how the woman in the other vehicle is doing.

  • Class bridges math gap

    Rockwood High School’s calculus class is taking a hands-on approach to learning by designing a connection roadway and bridge for Lenoir Avenue.

    The project, in conjunction with the University of Tennessee and Tennessee Department of Transportation, is for design only; no actual roadway or bridge will be built.

    “There are nine people here, so everybody got a part,” said project manager Jeff Tilley.

  • Roane court official dies in motorcycle crash

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Don Hood — one of his courtroom officers — was killed in a motorcycle wreck in Mississippi over the weekend.  

    “It was a shock to all of us,” Stockton said.

    Stockton said Hood served as a chief deputy in former sheriff David Haggard’s administration.

    “Don was actually my boss at one time,” Stockton said, “back in the ’90s when he was a chief deputy.”

  • Leon Houston calls federal charges 'smokescreen'

    Leon Houston is on trial for allegedly possessing firearms while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.
    He told a federal jury, however, the charge is a smokescreen to hide what’s really going on in America.

    “Our civil liberties are in dire jeopardy,” he said. “I just hope that some of you people on this jury will see through this.”