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  • Government responds to Rocky Houston motion to dismiss

    The government has responded to Rocky Houston’s motion that requests dismissal of his federal indictment on felon in possession of firearms charges.
    Houston contends that’s an appropriate action because thanks to a pending appeal, he wasn’t prohibited from possessing guns when the indictment was filed on Jan. 15.
    Not so, said Assistant U.S. Attorney David Jennings in the response filed last week.

  • Former UT chief welcomed to RSCC foundation

    Former University of Tennessee President Joe Johnson has been named to the board of directors for the Roane State Community College Foundation.
    “We are honored to welcome Dr. Johnson to our board,” said Paul Phillips, executive director of the Roane State Foundation. “Having a board member with his expertise and distinguished record in higher education will be a great benefit to the college.”

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Good trip to Western Ky., better to be home

    Last weekend, I made my annual autumn trip to Western Kentucky.
    By the time I reached Owensboro, an Ohio River town close to my father’s roots, it was late afternoon.

    My longtime friend Greta was comfortably seated in an Adirondack chair on the covered side porch, busily working on an editing project and sipping tea. A light breeze rustled the branches of a crape myrtle beside the porch, gently sifting the light and shadow that played on the wall beside Greta.

  • New naturalized citizen likes Roane County fit

    When Marc Duvivier came to America for his best friend’s wedding, he didn’t know he’d be meeting his future wife and finding where he belonged.
    Marc Duvivier recently cemented his commitment to wife Mary Belle and his new country when he was sworn in as a United States citizen late last month after years of having a green card.

    “I’m proud he’s an American,” Mary Belle Duvivier said, beaming.
    “And I am too,” Marc Duvivier said.

  • Working meth labs found in Harriman

    A house on Old Roane Street in Harriman was put under quarantine and a woman was arrested last week after police said several “one-pot” meth labs were discovered there.

    Casey Mills, 19, is charged with manufacture, sale or delivery of methamphetamine.

    According to the warrant, police were dispatched to 1637 Old Roane Street after the landlord claimed he found a meth lab behind the storage building.

    Officer Brian D. Turner said he observed an odor commonly associated with meth-making when he stepped inside the house.

  • Korea War prompted Rockwood man’s first time away from home

    In 1950, a train left Rockwood heading north with some of the small city’s finest young men.

    “Oh yes, we rode on the train,” said Bill Kirby.  “The first time I ever been away from home.”

    “Uncle Sam needed me,” he explained. The Korean Conflict had begun.

    A  picture of the group shows a mixture of expressions — jovial smiles of boys that didn’t seem to fear the future, and others who appeared anxious, maybe even holding back tears.

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  • Hobo still hits road at 100

    Even at age 100, Mose Wheeler is able to drive the trip from Michigan to his hometown of Harriman.
    “The reason I have lived to be 100 is the faith I have in God,” Wheeler said.
    Wheeler, who lives in Port Huron Township in the Great Lakes State, said he makes an annual trip to his hometown of Harriman around his Aug. 31 birthday.
    He was born in 1913.

    Wheeler owned a junk yard in Port Huron and now sells antiques and fixes things.

  • Marjorie Earick, 72, dies

    Roane County Board of Education Member Everett Massengill has heard a lot of speeches in his more than two decades on the board.
    One of the most memorable ones came from former board member Marjorie Earick in 2011.

    “That was one of the best,” Massengill said Wednesday.
    The board held a special-called meeting to decide whether to grant then-director of schools Toni McGriff a one-year contract extension. The meeting was so intense that McGriff left the room. 

  • Women try to take $644 in goods

    Rockwood police have accused two Lenoir City women of using a self-checkout machine to try and rip off Walmart.
    Kayla Smallen, 24, and Donette Hightower, 30, are charged with theft.
    According to Rockwood police, Hightower scanned $644.56 worth of merchandise at the self checkout on Sept. 11, and then asked for the items to be voided.