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Today's News

  • Houston jurors will be sequestered

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    How much does it cost to sequester a jury?

    The county is estimating it will take $80,000 for the trials of Rocky and Leon Houston.

    The brothers will be tried separately, and Judge James "Buddy" Scott has ruled that both juries will be separated from the public during the trial.

    The county's 2008-09 fiscal budget will have $80,000 earmarked for jury sequestration.

  • Rockwood rejects 15-year-sewer plan

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    A 15-year plan for the Rockwood Wastewater Plant was shot down at a recent city council meeting.

    When the vote took place to adopt the plan, which includes upgrades and improvements to the plant, Councilmembers Ray Collett, Gene East and Dudley Evans said they needed more time and passed.

    More deliberation is needed because included in the plan is a way to pay for the projects, which includes rate increases for customers, they said.

  • UPDATE: Judge allows Leon Houston to withdraw sequestering request

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Not wanting to be a burden to the taxpayers, Leon Houston has withdrawn his request to have the jury sequestered in his double murder trial. James Logan, Leon's lead attorney, told Judge James “Buddy” Scott about his client's change of heart during a hearing in Roane County Criminal Court on Monday.

    “Mr. Houston has expressed his confidence in the people of Roane County,” Logan said. “He does not want to inconvenience the people or the taxpayers in any shape, form or fashion.”

  • Oliver Springs man charged with murder

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    An Oliver Springs man is behind bars at the Roane County Jail on first-degree murder charges. According to the sheriffs office, Ricky Patterson allegedly stabbed David Lowe sometime around 5 p.m. on Saturday at a home on Quarry Road. Lowe, 50, was later pronounced dead at Roane Medical Center.

  • Kingston wins in marathan game

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The Oak Ridge All-Stars gave Kingston all they wanted and then some in the Dixie Youth AA sub-district tournament, but in the end the Jackets survived and picked up the tournament championship with a winner-take-all 15-12 victory in extra innings.

    Wednesday’s title game was actually the second nail-biter of the day played between the two teams and third in three days.

  • Kingston National eases past Rockwood

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    Two Roane County teams were eliminated form the Dixie Youth AA sub-district tournament Tuesday at Rockwood while another Roane County team was one win away from winning the sub-district title.

  • Music pioneer remembers

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Helen Fox is a pioneer — one of the first women to play on the Grand Ole Opry at a time when it wasn’t considered proper for a young woman to perform without her husband.

  • Tent City jail for Roane?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio hails himself as America’s toughest sheriff.

    Arpaio’s Tent City, an outdoor jail in the deserts of Phoenix that houses inmates under rows of tents surrounded by razor-wire fencing, is nationally known.

    With inmate counts up and the costs of jails soaring, could a similar situation work in Tennessee?

  • Kingston fares well in AAA field

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    The first three days of play would be good ones for the Kingston AAA All-Stars as the Jackets are undefeated and close to securing a berth in the Dixie Youth District 8 Tournament that starts Friday in Rockwood.

  • Kreis era ends at Coalfield

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    A coaching era is over at Coalfield. Garry Kreis has hung up the whistle after nearly 30 years of roaming the sidelines for the Yellow Jackets.

    Kreis helped put Coalfield football on the map during the last 21 seasons as head coach. He finished with 165 wins, 18 trips to the playoffs, half-a-dozen district/region championships (1990, 91, 94, 95, 2005, 06), and a dozen Morgan County titles to leave his mark on the Tennessee high school football scene. He also served as an assistant at Coalfield from 1979-1986.