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  • Shhhh ... don’t tell the jury

    The government doesn’t want the jury in Leon Houston’s next trial to hear about his recent courtroom victory.
    On Nov. 6, a jury of eight women and four men found Houston not guilty of possessing firearms while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance. He’s scheduled to stand trial on Nov. 18 on a charge that he made a threat to kill attorney James Logan during a telephone conversation.

  • Man struck by train, dies

    From STAFF REPORTS
    A Crossville man was struck by a train in Rockwood Saturday morning.
    James Edward Dick, 51, Crossville, was found to the side of the tracks by Blake Barakam with Norfolk Southern, according to reports by Rockwood Police Department.
    Police were dispatched around 2:30 a.m. after a call that a Norfolk Southern train had struck someone on the tracks just south of the Roane County Industrial Park overpass.
    Rockwood Fire Department and first responders also were dispatched.
     

  • Fly Tying at Kingston Elementary

    Woolly boogers, jigs, poppers and dry flies are just a few of the terms third, fourth and fifth graders at Kingston Elementary students are learning in the new ExCEL after school program.
    An avid fly fisherman himself, Kingston Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross has been sharing his over 25 years of fly fishing knowledge.
    “Fly fishing is one of those things that you never stop learning,” Ross said.

  • Jeep tribute honors Oliver Springs vet who served as driver to Gen. Patton

    A  U.S. military jeep similar to one driven by a hometown hero for one of World War II’s most famed generals was dedicated to the Tri-County Chapter 26 Disabled American Veterans.

    The vehicle is much like one Fred White Jr. drove as Gen. George S. Patton’s driver in World War II,
    and the dedication was in the deceased Oliver Springs veteran’s memory and in honor of all U.S. veterans.

  • 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.