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  • Should Rocky Houston charges be tossed?

    The feds filed charges against Rocky Houston while his appeal of a felony conviction was still pending in state court.
    His lawyer contends that was a big mistake and the federal charges should be thrown out.
    “In this case, the government both figuratively and literally jumped the gun,” attorney Michael P. McGovern said in a motion that requests dismissal of the federal indictment.
    Houston faces 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He faces up to 140 years in prison if convicted.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Summer weather not the only change

    What a strange and moody summer it has been.
    Mild and rainy, then a strong reversal — who knows what’s coming next?
    The same moodiness, I guess, could be applied my emotional summer.

    After several years together, Derek and I called things off a few weeks ago.
    There was no ugliness, no fighting; our heads are just in different places.
    Even with a somewhat amiable split, we’re both still feeling the inescapable pain that comes when two people try to separate closely entangled lives.
    But time will heal.

  • Lane closures stopped for Labor Day traffic

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways for the Labor Day holiday travel period.

    Construction crews will stop all lane closure activity beginning at noon Aug. 30 through 6 a.m. Sept. 3 to provide maximum roadway capacity for traveling holiday motorists.

    While lane closure activity will be stopped, workers will still be on site
    in many construction zones, and drivers are urged to obey posted speed limits.

  • Driver in fatal crash on 6th DUI

    An Aug. 19 wreck that claimed the life of a Rockwood woman wasn’t the first time Johnny R. Foland has been charged with driving under the influence.
    Trooper Mike Beaty noted on the warrant that it was Foland’s sixth DUI offense.

    The fatal crash was on Eagle Furnace Road around 7 p.m. Beaty said when he arrived he saw a Chrysler Sebring that had struck a utility pole and a tree.
    “The vehicle had also overturned and an occupant in the vehicle was found deceased,” the warrant said.

  • Driver in fatal crash on 6th DUI

    An Aug. 19 wreck that claimed the life of a Rockwood woman wasn’t the first time Johnny R. Foland has been charged with driving under the influence.
    Trooper Mike Beaty noted on the warrant that it was Foland’s sixth DUI offense.

    The fatal crash was on Eagle Furnace Road around 7 p.m. Beaty said when he arrived he saw a Chrysler Sebring that had struck a utility pole and a tree.
    “The vehicle had also overturned and an occupant in the vehicle was found deceased,” the warrant said.

  • State may help with crowding solution

    The Roane County Commission has approved a plan that officials hope will keep the county jail in good standing with the Tennessee Corrections Institute.
    The jail is certified to hold 174 inmates.
    The population was 194 when TCI Detention Facility Specialist Denise Messer inspected it on July 2. Messer recommended certification with a plan of action.
    Earlier this month, the commission passed a resolution that calls for the county to participate in the TCI county corrections partnership initiative.

  • Rockwood focuses on panhandlers

    Some visitors to Rockwood’s downtown can barely get out of their vehicles before someone asks them for money.
    Rockwood City Councilwoman Peggy Evans said she’s noticed an increase in panhandling recently and suggested an ordinance to restrict it.
    It passed on first reading Monday.

  • Rockwood credit card info stolen

    Someone got Rockwood’s credit card information and used it to go on a shopping spree this month.
    City recorder Becky Ruppe said a man used the city’s card information to purchase a leather jacket and other clothing online at Nordstrom for a total of $1,286.
    She said police have a suspect, but no arrests or charges have been made yet.
    “We will be prosecuting that person,” Ruppe said.
    She said city officials filed the necessary paperwork with Regions Bank to get reimbursed.

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