Today's News

  • Houston appeals federal verdict

    A week.

    That's how long it took Rocky Houston to contest the guilty verdict returned in his federal firearms case.

    Defense attorney Michael McGovern filed a renewed motion for an acquittal on Wednesday, contending the evidence in the case was insufficient to sustain a conviction.

    The jury who heard the case felt differently.

    After deliberating for less than two hours on March 19, they found Houston guilty of being a convicted felon in possession of fire-


  • Harriman man helps find plane

    A Harriman man was part of a Tennessee Wing Civil Air Patrol team that helped locate an aircraft that went missing Monday on its way to Indiana.

    The plane was located in the Cherokee National Forest in Monroe County, Tenn., by three crew members, including 2nd Lt. Thomas Frye of Harriman, as well as pilot, Maj. Tommy Jones, Kodak, and Capt. Clarence Juneau of Oak Ridge.

  • School board members get copies of ‘Sharia Law’ books

    It's not unusual for people to hand out things at school board meetings.

    That doesn't mean board members aren't surprised sometimes at the things they get.

    Val McNabb, chairman of the Roane County Tea Party, passed out books on Sharia Law at this month's board meeting.

    “I wasn't expecting that,” school board Chairman Everett Massengill said.

    The book – “Sharia Law for Non-Muslims” – was published by the Center for the Study of Political Islam.

  • ‘Chicago!’ gears up for Roane debut

    From left, Dinah Taylor as Roxie Hart, Trevor Burrell as Fred Casley, Mariah Ogden as the police officer, and Brandon Green as Amos Hart perform in the scene of “The Murder of Fred Casley” in Creative Arts Co-Op’s Roane County production of “Chicago!”

    Fifteen students from Harriman, Oliver Springs, Roane County and Rockwood high schools and the home school community have been practicing since January to recapture the magic of the roarin’ ’20s.

    Performances are at 8 p.m. March 28-29, April 4, 11-12.

  • Arrests: Jan. 21-Feb. 1, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Jan. 21 — Bradley Ray Wells, 26, 4342 Roane State Hwy., Rockwood: driving on revoked/suspended license, criminal impersonation, theft $1,000 but less than $10,000, evading arrest. Total bond $7,000; court date March 24.

    Jan. 22 — Matthew Benjamin Roe, 21, 159 Lakeland Estates Drive, Lenoir City: public intoxication. Bond $750; court date Feb. 10.

  • Avery Trace DAR honors ’14 Good Citizens

    Avery Trace Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, recently presented its 2013-14 DAR Good Citizen honor to four high school students in Roane County.

    This year’s recipients are:

    • Harriman High — Chloé Elizabeth Hill, daughter of Haskell Hill and Alice Monroe.

    • Midway High — Michaela Joy Langley, daughter of Jeff and Tonya Langley.

    • Roane County High — Tim Benson, son of Donnie and Tammy Manis.

  • Roane State student art show slated for April 7

    Roane State Community College’s 2014 annual student art exhibition will be April 7-14 on the main campus in the O’Brien Art Gallery in Roane County.

    An artists’ reception and award ceremony is planned for noon April 14.

    This annual juried event is open to all Roane State student artists and provides an opportunity for students to hone their skills and gain critical exhibition experience.

    Each student may submit up to 10 works, free of charge. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

  • Hashmi pages on House floor

    Midway High School junior Cameron Hashmi spent a day of his spring break paging for state Rep. Kent Calfee on the floor of the Tennessee House of Representatives.

  • Thunder Road Fest rolls into Rockwood April 5

    Rockwood’s annual Thunder Road Festival and Car Show on April 5 promises to include fun for the entire family.

    The festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Rockwood, will boast exhibits, concessions, classic cars competing for awards, crafters and live entertainment.

    The Southern Star Band is one of this year’s headliners. The band has a repertoire that spans seven decades and encompasses many styles of music, including classic rock, oldies, Motown and country.

    The band’s extensive playlist has made it a real crowd pleaser.

  • ‘Largest ever’ phone scam targets taxpayers

    The Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration is issuing a warning to taxpayers to beware of phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service in an effort to defraud them.

    “This is the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen,” said J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.