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  • Home burns while family Christmas shops
  • Houston decides to keep lawyer

    For the time being, attorney Michael McGovern will continue to represent Rocky Houston in his federal firearms case.

    Houston previously sought to get rid of McGovern, claiming he had a conflict of interest and was a key witness in the case.

    Houston also claimed he could no longer discuss trial strategies with McGovern and he’d be denied a fair trial if McGovern wasn’t replaced.

    McGovern responded by filing a motion to withdraw as Houston’s court-appointed attorney.

  • Courts gear up against ex official

    The former Rockwood Public Works official charged with misusing public funds will have a status hearing Friday at 9 a.m.

    Tom Pierce allegedly purchased cameras and equipment, numerous guns and clothing for himself.

    Pierce resigned before a state investigative audit showed he amassed at least 11 guns and ammunition on the city’s dime.

    The guns and other items, totaling $32,725 were believed to have been purchased using a city credit card between 2009 and 2012. Pierce was indicted in February.

  • Cities told cold med bans not legal

    City ordinances banning the sale of ephedrine- and pseudoephedrine-related products without a prescription are illegal, according to a Dec. 6 opinion from Tennessee Attorney General Robert E. Cooper Jr.

    The authority to regulate the sale of those products, often used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, sits with the General Assembly, not city or county governments.

  • Students go wild, then broke

    Breanna Huckaby learned a little bit about supporting a brood of children and an out-of-work husband last week.

    It had an impact.

    “I’m not having kids — not any time soon,” she said.

    The Midway High School student joined classmates in the program called On My Own, which has students role play different scenarios of adulthood.

    They try to budget for food, transportation, housing, child care and more for a month of expenses.

    It was a cold splash of reality for some of them.

  • TVA to ask for bullying, harassment suit dismissal

    TVA expects to request a dismissal of a federal lawsuit filed by a Knoxville man, who claims he experienced racial bullying and sexual harassment while working as a laborer at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Corey Hedrick, is almost exactly the same as one filed against G.UB.MK Constructors on Oct. 8, 2012.

    G.UB.MK is a joint venture between URS Corporation, Williams Plant Services LLC and Worley Parsons Group Inc.

  • ‘I love you’ puts Kingston native up for big video bucks

    A Kingston native and Roane County High School alumnus who captured a precious moment of his son’s adoration on video may be up for big bucks.

    Josh Houston has already won $10,000 from ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Video,” and the family is in the running for $100,000.

    Houston, who was first-base coach for his two sons’ baseball team, was urging his then 3-year-old son Tripp to run to second base when the precocious child paused to share how much he cares for his dad.

  • Kingston, state officials tout intersection work

    State officials gathered with their counterparts in Kingston and Roane County to dedicate the widening of the intersection at Hwys. 70 and 58.

  • Lack of laptops learning curve for Norwegian girl

    In the school Malika Skogsholm attends in Norway, technology is a part of every class.

    It’s an aspect she’s had to learn to live without to a large degree while attending Oliver Springs High School this year as an exchange student staying with Nancy Thompson.

    “We write everything by hand here,” she said. “I’m used to laptops we use. That is really different.”

    Another aspect is that at home she doesn’t have different people in the classrooms for each course. Here she changes classes and classmates.

  • Bunch backs out of plea agreement

    Using her silver Pontiac Grand Am, Roane County resident Rufena Jean Bunch served as the getaway driver for Mark Andrew Randolph when he robbed a Subway sandwich shop in Knoxville on Sept. 24.

    That’s according to a plea agreement Bunch signed on Nov. 4.

    She was scheduled to plead guilty in U.S. District Court on Nov. 20, but the hearing was abruptly canceled at the request of her new attorney – Bruce Poston of Knoxville.

    Poston didn’t enter the case until Nov. 19, when he filed a notice of substitution of counsel.