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  • Reporter's Notebook: No charges on pot found at Houston farm

    The marijuana agents said they found during a search of the Houston farm in January hasn’t resulted in any state or federal drug charges.
    “Common sense would tell you if they found all this marijuana, someone would have been charged,” Leon Houston said last week during his federal trial.
    Houston was accused of being in possession of firearms while high on marijuana.
    He represented himself in the three-day trial and was found not guilty.

  • Prison guard, husband land behind bars after fighting

    A prison guard at the Morgan County Correctional Complex was arrested in Roane County last week after authorities were called to her home about a domestic dispute.
    Vickie Lynn Hill, 46, and her husband, Fred Ray Hill, 49, are both charged with domestic assault, manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of a firearm during a felony. 

    Dorinda Carter, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Correction, said Vickie Lynn Hill is a corrections officer at the Morgan County prison.

  • Bowers has early Veterans Day celebration
  • Lawmaker says registry works; DA disagrees

    State Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mount Juliet, said the National Precursor Log Exchange is doing its job in keeping pseudoephedrine out of the hands of meth cooks.
    Pseudoephedrine is found in cold and allergy medicines, such as Sudafed and Allegra-D.
    It also happens to be a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine. 
    The National Precursor Log Exchange, also known as NPLEx, is supposed to prevent pseudoephedrine from being diverted for illegal purposes through real-time electronic tracking.

  • Harriman man indicted for aggravated sexual battery

    Leonard Lloyd James, 33, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last month for aggravated sexual battery.
    James, who also goes by the name Buddy Love, was arrested on Nov. 2. The alleged crime occurred on July 8. The alleged victim was younger than 13.
    Court records listed James’ address as 929 Sewanee St., Apt. 101, Harriman. 
    Assistant Public Defender Walter Johnson has been appointed to represent James. A status hearing is scheduled for March 10.

  • IRS warns of phone scam

    The IRS is warning the public about a phone scam that targets people across the nation, including recent immigrants.
    Callers claiming to be from the IRS tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.
    The caller threatens those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.
    The callers who commit this fraud often:
    •  Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.

  • J&B Furniture closing shop in Rockwood

    After 29 years of family business, Jack and Betty McGuire have decided it’s time to close the doors of Rockwood’s J&B Furniture.
    The store is a fixture on downtown’s West Rockwood Street.
    “In February, it would have been 30 years,” Betty McGuire said.
    Jack McGuire has been in Rockwood 45 years and worked at many businesses before finding his passion in furniture sales.

  • Harriman man killed in Saturday morning wreck

    Coy R. Slaven, a 35-year-old Harriman man, was killed in a Saturday morning car crash.
    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the wreck happened on Highway 27 at the intersection of Rock Bridge Road just after midnight.
    The report said Slaven ran off the road and struck a tree in his 1996 Ford Explorer. 
       
     

  • Pinnacle Pointe case ends with a whimper

    Litigation that has pitted Harriman city officials with the developers of Pinnacle Pointe shopping center ended in somewhat of a whimper.
    The parties met in mediation for hours Tuesday before coming up with a settlement significantly less than both parties said they could be owed.
    “We were up there from 9 to 6 kicking everything around,” said Councilman J.D. Sampson. “We made an offer. They came back and counter-offered. We ended up getting not what we wanted, but they didn’t get what they wanted. We kind of met in the middle.”

  • VEC launches new website for customers

    VEC customers are finding that www.vec.org is the most convenient way to pay their bill, update account information, ask a question, or access a wealth of information about VEC’s products and services.
    Now VEC’s customers are finding it convenient to take care of their business while waiting to pick up their children from school, while they sit in a doctor’s waiting room, or anywhere and anytime they find themselves with a few minutes to spare.
    Mobile internet devices are making that possible.