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Missing witness leads to dropped murder charges


A missing witness has forced authorities to drop charges against a man wanted for a Roane County murder.

The Deputy District Attorney says they asked the court to dismiss the murder charges against Ralph O'Neal because they can't find one of their witnesses.

Authorities originally charged O'Neal with the 2007 murder of Ronnie "Boone" Cofer.

O'Neal will return to federal prison because he's already serving a life sentence on drug convictions.

Overturned semi blocks right lane of I-40 E. in Roane Co.


(WBIR) An overturned tractor trailer has blocked the right lane of Interstate 40 eastbound in Roane County Monday morning.

The accident was reported near mile marker 341 shortly before 2:15 a.m. The Tennessee Department of Transportation SmartWay map reported that the accident blocked the right lane running eastbound.

TDOT expects crews to clear the overturned semi by 2 p.m.


Circuit judge expected to rule on same-sex divorce case


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(WBIR-Kingston) Circuit Court judge Russell Simmons said he will make a written ruling whether to allow the divorce proceedings of an East Tennessee same-sex couple to take place.

Rocky Houston sentenced to 9 years in prison


(WBIR) Rocky Houston will spend the next 9 years in prison after a federal jury convicted him on a federal gun charge

At the start of Thursday's sentencing hearing, Houston fired his lawyer and defended himself.

The federal judge gave Houston the maximum sentence: about nine years in prison and three years supervised release. During his supervised release, Houston must get mental health treatment.

Same-sex divorce not recognized in Tennessee


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(WBIR) Two men who married in Iowa are trying to get a divorce in Tennessee.

The problem? The state will not let them divorce because it does not recognize same-sex marriages.

Harriman mayor offers solutions to long VA wait times


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(WBIR-Harriman) Harriman mayor Chris Mason's offer stands on the table for the Veterans Administration: buy the old Harriman Hospital for $1.00, and turn it into a clinic.

Victim of fatal train crash recovers at home


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Two survivors of a tragic Roane County accident are out of the hospital. One victim is speaking about that fateful night.