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  • Supreme Court won’t hear Leon Houston appeal

    It looks like Leon Houston has run out of options to get his federal conviction overturned after the highest court in the land decided not to review his case.

    Houston was found guilty of transmitting a threat via interstate commerce in 2013, but the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that verdict due to a faulty jury instruction.

    Houston got a new trial in 2015, but the result was the same. After deliberating for less than 30 minutes, the jury returned with a verdict of guilty.

  • Paper mill boat ramp dream close to fruition

    A boat ramp inside the city limits may be close to reality.

    When the EPA recently presented updates to their cleanup plans at the site of the former paper mill site in Harriman, city officials requested they not fill in an area that had washed away because of an old water leak.

    “We asked them to cut it and grade it to where a boat launch could be put in. They agreed to include that,” said City manager Kevin Helms.

    A boat launch in the city limits is among a laundry list of recreation goals many city officials want to see.

  • GOING with the FLO: We need to turn to God and trust him in our country


    We must not be distracted by the “smoke screen” that is being used to sway our mind by these recent indictments. God will reveal the truth if we keep praying for His light to shine in the darkness and expose the plans of our enemies.

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    Gentle reader, this week we will test your memory by recalling some happenings from decades past that are recalled by current happenings.

  • Rain delays trails ceremony

    From staff reports

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Rockwood Forest’s mountain bike and hiking trails was postponed after rainy weather drenched the area last weekend.

    The ceremony has been rescheduled and will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.

    “They are multi-use trails. We already have some folks running them. For the most part it is what I would call moderate mountain bike trails,” said Steve Scarborough.

    “This is a beautiful resource for Rockwood and Roane County.”

  • Former Motocross track site makes way for new asphalt plant in East Roane
  • Trial delay granted in murder for hire plot

    Laura Ann Buckingham was scheduled to stand trial on Nov. 28 for allegedly hiring a hit man to kill the father of her son.

    That date was too soon for Joseph Fanduzz, Buckingham’s attorney.

    He filed a motion to continue the upcoming trial.

  • Road still not taken

    The prospects of Roane County accepting Wildwood Lane as part of the county road system looks bleak.

    “You knew what you were buying when you bought it,” Building Official Glen Cofer told the Roane County Commission’s Road Committee.

    Wildwood Lane is in the Dyllis area. Some residents who live on the road are pushing for the county to take it over, but officials have only shown reluctance so far.

    Cofer appeared before the Road Committee last month and showed members a plat of the subdivision.

  • Rockwood wants to borrow $1 million more

    After passing a resolution in September to borrow up to $5 million for lighting and energy infrastructure, Rockwood officials approved another resolution last week to open up the possibility of borrowing $1 million more.

    Rockwood City Council will meet in a special-called workshop and session at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the meeting room in Rockwood Electric Utility.