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  • Family upset over Barnett verdict

    Milford Barnett was released from jail the same day a jury found him guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the death of his mother Pearl Barnett. That doesn’t seem right to family members of the victim.

    “I don’t think it was justice for her,” daughter Vickie Nevels said.

    According to court records, Milford admitted to striking his mother in the head with a pipe. The victim’s niece also expressed disappointment about his newfound freedom.

    “It doesn’t quite seem fair to me,” Judy Baker said.

  • Houstons again a no-show

    Circuit Court Judge Amy Hollars started court a few minutes late on Tuesday.

    “I just wanted to make sure we gave ample opportunity for the defendants to arrive,” she said.
    Those defendants — brothers Rocky and Leon Houston — were a no-show for the hearing in Cumberland County Justice Center in Crossville.

    The Houstons are being sued by Pat Brown over the death of her son, Mike Brown.

  • Ark. man killed in I-40 crash

    An Arkansas man was killed in a one-vehicle crash on Mount Roosevelt Monday afternoon.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports 52-year-old Rubert Halsted of Russellville, Ark., was killed when the eastbound tractor-trailer he was driving on Interstate 40 went off the roadway and rolled onto its top.

    Halsted was negotiating a left-hand curve near mile marker 341 when he went off the road on the right shoulder, the report said.

    “The vehicle began to slide eastbound then rolled onto its top before coming to a rest,” the report said.

  • Leffew up to go from judge to city attorney

    Greg Leffew has served as Rockwood city judge for at least the last five years.

    Come next week, his role with the city could change.

    Leffew is proposed to take over as city attorney, a position left vacant with last week’s death of Elmer Rich, who
    had served the city for more than 40 years.

    Rockwood City Council will vote on the appointment of Leffew and city judge during a special-called meeting at 5:45 p.m. April 10 in Rockwood City Hall.

    Attorney Mark Foster has agreed to take Leffew’s post as judge.

  • Obstacles kept Barnett case on court docket for nearly five years

    Criminal defendants have a right to confront witnesses. Prosecutor Bill Reedy said that was one of the obstacles his office encountered in the Milford Barnett case, which took nearly five years to get to trial.

    “The things that kept this case from going to trial were beyond everybody’s control,” Reedy said.

    Milford Barnett was arrested on April 18, 2007. Police said they found his mother, Pearl Barnett, unresponsive at his home on Black Jack Road.

  • Don’t buy into offer of $89 for property deed

    Roane County Register of Deeds Sharon Brackett is asking people not to respond if they receive a  letter in the mail asking them to send $89 to a local records office in Nashville for a copy of their deed.

    Such documents are public records, and copies are available at the Register of Deeds Office for 25 cents a page.
    The register’s office is on the first floor of the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

    Brackett said her office will also mail people a copy of their deed for $1 a page.

  • Early registration next week for CASA run/walk

    CASA of the Ninth Judicial District will have a sign-up for its Run for the Child 5k run/walk and 1-mile fun run.
    The event is 8 a.m. May 12 at Roane State Community College.

    Early registration is at Foust Family Fitness at 209 Roane St., Kingston, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 9-10.

    Anyone signing up on those days can work out for free at the fitness center for the remainder of the week and be eligible for fitness specials to help kick start their training for the race.

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  • 4 dead animals found at home

    A 49-year-old Roane County man is facing three counts of aggravated animal cruelty.

     
    Animal Control Director John Griffin said three dead dogs, a dead horse and a dead turkey were found at the home of Jack Wayne Terry at 470 Old Valley Road, Harriman.

    “We’ve had animal cruelty cases before,” Griffin said. “But some of the things we saw in that house was pretty horrible.”