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Roane Co. man nabbed with meth materials in jail parking lot

A Harriman man picked a really bad place to break the law.  On Saturday, Kevin Anthony Ryan, 26, was arrested for having the makings of a mobile meth lab in the parking lot of the Roane County jail.

According to the arrest warrant,an officer spotted a Dodge Durango making a sudden turn into the jail parking lot.  When he approached the vehicle to see if everything was ok, he smelled an odor commonly associated with meth.

Social media increasingly used for severe weather updates

First it was snow, then ice, and now flooding.

"It's been really crazy," said Dennis Ferguson, Roane County Road Superintendent. "For a new road superintendent, don't get me wrong I love my job, but man we have been piled on with it. Last week I was up 36 hours."

Meth lab busts on the rise in Tennessee

The number of meth lab busts in Tennessee was up in 2012.

According to TBI statistics, there were 1,811 meth busts in the state last year. That's up more than 100 compared to the year before.

Anderson County had the most meth busts in the state with 130. Campbell County saw a decrease in the number of busts with 52 in 2012. That's down from 87 in 2011.

Knox County had 18 meth lab busts in 2012.

Federal trials set for Houston brothers

Federal trials for Roane County brothers Rocky and Leon Houston have been scheduled.

Authorities arrested Rocky Houston in early January for owning firearms while being a convicted felon.

Rocky Houston decided to represent himself Monday and have an attorney help him during his March 26 trial. He still has the opportunity to change his mind.

County by county update of road conditions

Throughout East Tennessee, most counties are saying the main roads are clear but the secondary and back roads are slippery. Overall, the general consensus is still if you don't absolutely need to leave your home, you should just stay in.

Here's a county by county update of road conditions as of around 4:30 p.m.

Anderson- Back roads icy, main roads clear.

Bell- Main roads clear, back roads icy.

Campbell- Roads looking pretty clear, no accidents, but still use caution.

Claiborne- Main roads watching for refreezing. Back roads hazardous.

How are the roads in your county?

How are the roads in your county?


Anderson County

Update 1:00 p.m. TDOT- Rain. Patches of ice. Roads being treated . Temps 20's

Update 11:00 a.m. TDOT-  Rain. Patches of ice. Roads being treated . Temps 20's

Bell County

Dispatchers say there is no sign of ice but the roads are extremely slick.  They have not had any major wrecks.

Blount County

Historic part of K25 complex demolished

The K-25 uranium enrichment plant in Oak Ridge played a vital part in the Manhattan Project during World War II. Now, 70 years later, that complex is almost completely demolished.

"Today is a very significant day," said current demolition contractor UCOR president, Leo Sain, shortly after one of the final buildings, the "north tower" was leveled.

"We had a lot of work inside the building, such as removal of waste we had to get out before we could demo," Sain added.