Today's News

  • Houston seeks informant’s ID

    Leon Houston has been trying to find out the identity of the confidential informant who spoke to the FBI about his brother possessing firearms.
    Rocky Houston, a convicted felon, is not allowed to possess firearms. After a months-long investigation, he was indicted by a federal grand jury in January on 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
    Leon Houston is charged in federal court with possessing a firearm while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance and threatening to kill attorney James Logan by telephone.

  • Leon Laments Legal Resources

    Preparing a defense while an inmate at the Blount County Jail has been difficult for Leon Houston.
    “I’ve tried to order legal jargon,” he told U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. on Monday. “I’ve been denied legal jargon and case law. It’s hindering my defense.”
    Leon Houston is representing himself on a federal charge of possessing a firearm while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.

  • Suspect found in quarantined residence

    A man wanted on drug charges was reportedly arrested at his quarantined meth house on Wednesday.
    According to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, deputies went to Michael Derrick Muir’s home on Harrison Lane on July 17 to arrest him on an outstanding warrant.
    “Upon the deputies arrival, Muir fled the residence on foot,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release. “Muir left behind his two small children, and a female that was living at the residence.”

  • House burns quickly in Harriman

    When Harriman Fire Department arrived at 260 Baumgartner Road last weekend, the home was already engulfed in flames.
    “The fire department was on arrival within two minute of being paged out. The structure was completely involved. Even when the neighbors called it in they said fire  was already coming out of the top,” said fire chief Brad Goss.
    “It took us probably 45 minutes to actually get it under control.”
    The owners were out of town, according to Goss.
    The department was paged just before 1 a.m. Sunday morning.

  • Examining the past

    Azia Wright, 6, uses a magnifying glass to examine a dinosaur fossil at the Digging For Fossils event at Harriman Public Library, The activity was part of the summer reading program. Renee Kelley with the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge brought a variety of fossils for children to look at.

  • Alleged meth-making Mustang towed

    The methamphetamine problem isn’t letting up in Roane County.

    Deputies with the sheriff’s office found a meth lab on Harrison Lane in Ten Mile on July 17. Two people were arrested at the scene. A third suspect who police said fled, Michael Muir, was arrested on Wednesday.
    Earlier this month the sheriff’s office reported finding 12 grams of meth inside a Ford Mustang parked at the courthouse.

  • Road race, Dixie Youth World Series in Roane

    Roane County will be a happening place this weekend — on both ends of the county.
    On the west end, the Dixie Youth Region I World Series will be played.
    On the east end, the 2013 Junior Road Race State Championship will take place.
    Early Saturday morning, the Oak Ridge Velo Classic will roll in, bringing in around 300 cyclists to the Heritage and Horizon Centers off of Highway 58 in Roane County. 

  • Fatality on Airport Road

    Alcohol may have been involved in an Airport Road accident that killed a Rockwood woman and injured a child.
    Driver Anna R. Hall, 44, died in the Sunday night accident, and her daughter, Morgan A. Hall, 11, was injured.
    The report said the driver had been drinking and tests for alcohol and drugs were requested.
    Hall was not wearing a seat belt and the reporting officer believed that could have made a difference.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Aytes should learn from his baptism by fire

    Some few days ago we repeated an experience that seems to come with increasing frequency, that is, the loss of old friends.
    In both cases these gentlemen, and also in both cases that term — gentle men — is particularly appropriate, were kind, knowledgeable, friendly, public-spirited, good humoured, and just down-right likable.
    The first, and oldest, Walt Goolsby, we had known the shortest time, but even the shortest time was measured in decades, rather than years.

  • County executive says school budget problems still loom

    There were few winners in the adoption of the 2014 budget, and what becomes important to understand going forward is that the financial problems have not been solved.
    What took place with the adoption of the 2014 budget is hopefully we have recognized we have a serious financial problem.
    Schools are running out of savings to balance their budget.
    Hopefully, the adopted 2014 budget helped all parties understand that a problem exists. One can only live out of their savings for a limited time and then the problem becomes even bigger.