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  • J&B Furniture closing shop in Rockwood

    After 29 years of family business, Jack and Betty McGuire have decided it’s time to close the doors of Rockwood’s J&B Furniture.
    The store is a fixture on downtown’s West Rockwood Street.
    “In February, it would have been 30 years,” Betty McGuire said.
    Jack McGuire has been in Rockwood 45 years and worked at many businesses before finding his passion in furniture sales.

  • Harriman man killed in Saturday morning wreck

    Coy R. Slaven, a 35-year-old Harriman man, was killed in a Saturday morning car crash.
    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the wreck happened on Highway 27 at the intersection of Rock Bridge Road just after midnight.
    The report said Slaven ran off the road and struck a tree in his 1996 Ford Explorer. 
       
     

  • Pinnacle Pointe case ends with a whimper

    Litigation that has pitted Harriman city officials with the developers of Pinnacle Pointe shopping center ended in somewhat of a whimper.
    The parties met in mediation for hours Tuesday before coming up with a settlement significantly less than both parties said they could be owed.
    “We were up there from 9 to 6 kicking everything around,” said Councilman J.D. Sampson. “We made an offer. They came back and counter-offered. We ended up getting not what we wanted, but they didn’t get what they wanted. We kind of met in the middle.”

  • VEC launches new website for customers

    VEC customers are finding that www.vec.org is the most convenient way to pay their bill, update account information, ask a question, or access a wealth of information about VEC’s products and services.
    Now VEC’s customers are finding it convenient to take care of their business while waiting to pick up their children from school, while they sit in a doctor’s waiting room, or anywhere and anytime they find themselves with a few minutes to spare.
    Mobile internet devices are making that possible.

  • Attorney Leon Houston wins

    For months, U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. implored Leon Houston to get an attorney in his firearms case.
    Turns out he didn’t need one.
    Representing himself, Houston was acquitted in U.S. District Court in Knoxville on Wednesday.
    “Praise God!” he shouted when U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves read the jury verdict.
    Reeves sent the jury of eight women and four men back to deliberate at 3:33 p.m. The court clerk notified the parties that the jury had reached a verdict about an hour later.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Snake-a-phobes, you’d better skip this one

    It’s official, folks. My life has grown too interesting.
    This week, I was bitten by a snake.
    Before breakfast.
    In my own basement.
    From overhead.
    It started, as so many things in life do, with the need to find something clean to wear. That prompted a trip downstairs to see what might be in the dryer.
    While I was bent over sorting through the clean-clothes offerings, I heard a light clunk overhead behind me.
    I figured a mouse had gotten in, and turned and looked over my shoulder.

  • New Rockwood armory a priority

    Rockwood might be getting a new National Guard Armory building in the next few years.

    Maj. Gen. Terry M. “Max” Haston, Tennessee’s 75th Adjutant General, came to tour properties in Rockwood last week.

    He also stopped in to talk to Rockwood Civitan Club.

    “It is a lengthy process, but this is the first step toward that,” said state Sen. Ken Yager. “It will take us a few years, but we are going to have an armory.”

  • Smoot accused of stalking

    A Knox County woman claims she’s being stalked by accused murderer Shawn Smoot.

    Kimberly N. Isenberg was granted a temporary order of protection against him in Knox County Circuit Court on Monday.

    “I fear that Shawn is stalking me, and I am afraid,” Isenberg said in court documents.

    Smoot has a first-degree murder charge pending in Roane County Criminal Court for the 2011 death of Brooke Nicole Morris. He’s out on bond in that case.

  • Leon Houston acquitted on federal weapons charge

    Leon Houston has been acquitted of a federal weapons charge by a federal jury. "Praise God," Houston shouted when the judge read the verdict in U.S. District Court in Knoxville Wednesday. Houston acted as his own attorney in the trial, which began Monday. He was accused of possessing firearms while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.  

  • Prosecutorial team gets depth

    The addition of two new assistant district attorneys could be crucial for the future of District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s office.
    Deputy District Attorney General Frank Harvey and Assistant District Attorney General Patti Murphy plan to retire next summer.  
    “They’re our two most senior, other than (Assistant District Attorney General) Bill (Reedy),” Johnson said. “I don’t have a lot of trial experience outside of Frank and Bill.”