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  • Gallaher released after bond reduced

    Eric Gallaher was released from the Roane County Jail on March 14 after the bond in his drug case was reduced from $100,000 to $25,000.

    Gallaher, 33, was arrested last month after being indicted for allegedly selling cocaine in a school zone.

    Defense attorney Donice Butler filed a motion to reduce his bond. She said $100,000 was excessive and not necessary.

  • Sex offender enters gun plea

    Convicted sex offender Charles Daniel Mullins pleaded guilty in his federal firearms case Tuesday.

    The plea came two weeks after he signed a deal with the government that calls for him to serve 10 years in federal prison.

  • Guilty verdict in Rocky Houston federal trial

    It took a jury of nine men and three women a little less than two hours Wednesday to return a guilty verdict in the federal firearms case against Rocky Joe Houston.

    Houston was remanded back into the custody of U.S. Marshals following the verdict finding him guilty of being a felon in possession of firearms.

    His sentencing hearing is set for June 26.

  • Go, speedracer!

    Cassandra Dothard went a step further than just giving out a simple extra credit assignment.

    Instead she gave her sixth grade science students an opportunity to build a small vehicle with whatever they had handy and over the course of two days last week tested them for how far they could travel down an incline and across the hall.

    “They could use anything they wanted as long as it was eight inches by eight inches. They had to design it so it would go the farthest without being pushed.

  • Mayfield endorses Fleischmann for 3rd

    Scottie Mayfield has endorsed Chuck Fleischmann’s re-election campaign, and been named honorary chairman of the campaign.

    Mayfield is the president emeritus at Mayfield Dairy Farms, and was the runner-up in the 2012 Republican primary between Congressman Fleischmann, himself, and Weston Wamp.

  • Wamp raises $300,000 in nine weeks, says Mayfield shunned him on grudge

    Weston Wamp announced recently that his campaign for Congress has raised $300,000 in just nine weeks thanks to the support of voters and business leaders in the 3rd District.

    “I am grateful to the hundreds of people in the Third District who have invested their hard-earned money in sending me to Washington to have impact on their behalf,” said Wamp. “From farmers to CEOs, disappointment with our do-nothing congressman is widespread. We have no doubt that we will fully fund our campaign to bring Congress back home.”

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA vs. ROCKY JOE HOUSTON

    Defense attorney Michael McGovern didn’t contest two of the three elements in the federal government’s case against Rocky Houston:

    One, Houston is a convicted felon; and two, the firearms the government alleges Houston was in possession of traveled in interstate commerce.

    McGovern, however, argued vigorously against the third element —the allegation that his client possessed firearms.

  • No guns for neighbor of Tiger Haven

    One of the conditions of Toby Rhynehart’s bond is he’s not allowed to possess a firearm.

    That’s unsettling for a man who lives next door to Tiger Haven, a large-cat sanctuary that houses tigers, lions, leopards and cougars in East Roane County.

    “You hear them roar at 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning,” Rhynehart said. “You don’t know if they’re out or in. You hope they’re in.”

  • Driver tells authorities he was trying to outrun demons

    John Watson Helvey, 45, was charged with DUI and evading arrest on March 13.

    “Mr. Helvey stated he was being chased by demons and was running for his life,” the Roane County Sheriff’s Office report said.

    The report said Helvey passed a deputy at a high rate of speed on Interstate 40, and didn’t stop when the deputy activated his emergency equipment.

    “The vehicle passed several vehicles in the emergency lane at a high rate of speed in an attempt to get away,” the report said.

  • Roane clerk first witness in Rocky Houston federal trial

    Roane County Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson was the first witness called to testify Monday afternoon in Rocky Houston's federal trial on being a convicted felon in possesion of firearms.

    Nelson testified that Houston was convicted of felony evading arrest in 2010.

    She was followed to the stand by Jason Dobbs, the lead U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent on the case.

    The morning was taken up by jury selection. Four men and 10 women were seated to the jury in the U.S. District Courthouse in Knoxville.