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  • Divorce latest Rocky Houston court appeal

    Certain rules have to be followed when filing an appeal.

    According to the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Rocky Houston failed to follow them, so the court threw out the appeal he filed in his divorce case.

    Rocky and Nancy Houston were married on June 22, 1984.

    She filed for divorce on March 31, 2014, less than two weeks after Rocky was found guilty in federal court of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.

    She cited irreconcilable differences and said Rocky had been convicted of a crime “that would render him infamous.”

  • Man charged with groping teen Harriman store clerk

    A teenage cashier at the Food City in Harriman was groped inside the store on March 13, according to police.

    Carl Poland, 62, is charged with sexual battery in the incident.

    According to the warrant, he went up to the cashier and started stroking her hair.

    “Then he made sexual contact with her buttocks with his hand for sexual gratification without the consent of the victim,” the warrant said. “I did see a security camera video of this offense prior to arresting Mr. Poland.”

    Poland was released on a $3,000 bond.

  • State’s top court gives right to appeal

    Litigation over the 2014 race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge will continue.

    The Tennessee Supreme Court granted Tom McFarland’s request to appeal a lower court decision that tossed out his election complaint.

    McFarland and Mike Pemberton were the only candidates in the circuit court judge race, which Pemberton won by 343 votes.

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  • No permits needed for Kingston boat slips at 58 Landing

    Kingston City Manager David Bolling admits that the city has not applied for any permits to place 18 boat slips at Hwy. 58 Landing.

    That’s because neither TVA nor the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requires them — at least not where the slips are to be placed.

    “We don’t need permits,” he said. “We still have an existing permit in place.”

    He is referring to an approved permit for a riverboat that was docked at that same location in the mid-2000s.

    “We are in absolute compliance,” he added.

  • Smith’s actions praised

    Rockwood Police Officer Brandon Smith was honored by the Rockwood City Council Monday for his actions after an officer-involved shooting on Christmas Eve.

    “We know a police officer’s nightmare is to have to use deadly force, but what Brandon did after he had to use force is that he saved the guy’s life,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

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  • Inmate pleads guilty to escape, stealing truck

    Roane County Jail inmate Adam Phillips pleaded guilty to felony escape and theft of property ($1,000-$10,000) last month for leaving a work detail.

    He reached a deal with prosecutors and was sentenced to four years on each charge.

    The sentences will run concurrently.

    Phillips, 35, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, theft, burglary and vandalism last July and was sentenced to 12 years in state prison.

  • McClure back in trouble after Eblen’s break

    Jeremiah E. McClure may have squandered the break he received last November.

    A warrant filed this month in Roane County Criminal Court accuses him of violating his community corrections.

    Then-criminal court judge E. Eugene Eblen placed McClure on community corrections for six years in November for a 2014 crime spree.