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  • Rocky Houston appeals federal verdict

    A week.

    That's how long it took Rocky Houston to contest the guilty verdict returned in his federal firearms case.

    Defense attorney Michael McGovern filed a renewed motion for an acquittal on Wednesday, contending the evidence in the case was insufficient to sustain a conviction.

    The jury who heard the case felt differently.

    After deliberating for less than two hours on March 19, they found Houston guilty of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.

  • Harriman man helps find plane

    From staff reports

    A Harriman man was part of a Tennessee Wing Civil Air Patrol team that helped locate an aircraft that went missing Monday on its way to Indiana.

    The plane was located in the Cherokee National Forest in Monroe County, Tenn., by three crew members, including 2nd Lt. Thomas Frye of Harriman, as well as pilot, Maj. Tommy Jones, Kodak, and Capt. Clarence Juneau of Oak Ridge.

  • School board members get copies of ‘Sharia Law’ books

    It's not unusual for people to hand out things at school board meetings.

    That doesn't mean board members aren't surprised sometimes at the things they get.

    Val McNabb, chairman of the Roane County Tea Party, passed out books on Sharia Law at this month's board meeting.

    “I wasn't expecting that,” school board Chairman Everett Massengill said.

    The book – “Sharia Law for Non-Muslims” – was published by the Center for the Study of Political Islam.

  • Houston appeals federal verdict

    A week.

    That's how long it took Rocky Houston to contest the guilty verdict returned in his federal firearms case.

    Defense attorney Michael McGovern filed a renewed motion for an acquittal on Wednesday, contending the evidence in the case was insufficient to sustain a conviction.

    The jury who heard the case felt differently.

    After deliberating for less than two hours on March 19, they found Houston guilty of being a convicted felon in possession of fire-

    arms.

  • Harriman man helps find plane

    A Harriman man was part of a Tennessee Wing Civil Air Patrol team that helped locate an aircraft that went missing Monday on its way to Indiana.

    The plane was located in the Cherokee National Forest in Monroe County, Tenn., by three crew members, including 2nd Lt. Thomas Frye of Harriman, as well as pilot, Maj. Tommy Jones, Kodak, and Capt. Clarence Juneau of Oak Ridge.

  • School board members get copies of ‘Sharia Law’ books

    It's not unusual for people to hand out things at school board meetings.

    That doesn't mean board members aren't surprised sometimes at the things they get.

    Val McNabb, chairman of the Roane County Tea Party, passed out books on Sharia Law at this month's board meeting.

    “I wasn't expecting that,” school board Chairman Everett Massengill said.

    The book – “Sharia Law for Non-Muslims” – was published by the Center for the Study of Political Islam.

  • ‘Chicago!’ gears up for Roane debut

    From left, Dinah Taylor as Roxie Hart, Trevor Burrell as Fred Casley, Mariah Ogden as the police officer, and Brandon Green as Amos Hart perform in the scene of “The Murder of Fred Casley” in Creative Arts Co-Op’s Roane County production of “Chicago!”

    Fifteen students from Harriman, Oliver Springs, Roane County and Rockwood high schools and the home school community have been practicing since January to recapture the magic of the roarin’ ’20s.

    Performances are at 8 p.m. March 28-29, April 4, 11-12.

  • AUTHORITIES ISSUE WARNING AFTER DISEASED RACCOONS KILLED

    Rockwood Police Department and Animal Control destroyed three suspected rabid raccoons this week.

    The most recent was Thursday.

    “That one today was foaming at the mouth,” said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright.

    Another was killed the previous day and the first over last weekend.

  • Nelson to run for defender

    Kim Nelson qualified to run for circuit court judge in January, but on Thursday she said she was switching gears and running for  9th Judicial District public defender instead.

    “I really feel like I’m being led in this direction and to this position, and I think I will be very well suited for the public defender’s position,” she said.

    Nelson, who currently serves as circuit court clerk for Roane County, said she hadn’t filed the necessary paperwork yet to run for public defender. She has until April 3 to do so.

  • Farewell to The Roane Alliance chief

    Finding a way to cut back while continuing to serve as president and CEO of The Roane Alliance proved too difficult a task for Leslie Henderson.

    “I love this job,” she said. “I love The Alliance. I love the people I work with. I love the things we’ve been able to do, but you can’t cut back in this kind of position.”

    Today — Friday — will mark Henderson’s last day as president and CEO of the county’s economic development organization, a job she’s held since Feb. 16, 2004.