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  • Electronic monitoring company says it is turning off Houston bracelets for nonpayment

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

     

    Tracking Solutions LLC wants to be paid. Because brothers Rocky and Leon Houston haven't been doing so, the company plans to stop the electronic monitoring service it has been providing for the brothers since their release on bond back in March.

     

    “Due to the actions of the defendant, all electronic monitoring shall cease July 31, 2009, at midnight,” Tracking Solutions owner Kristen Zachary wrote in a letter to the Roane County Criminal Court.

  • Time running out for Margrave bridge

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    It looks like a bridge on Harriman’s Margrave Drive is destined for closure.

    “I don’t want to have the liability of closing it, and I don’t want to have the liability not to close it,” Mayor Chris Mason said. “But I will for safety.”

    A recent inspection by Norfolk Southern Railway recommends the bridge be closed to traffic.

    The railroad company owns the bridge which runs underneath and supports the mostly residential city street.

  • Lawyer changes muddle Houston case further

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Randy Rogers has made countless arguments on behalf of Rocky Houston over the last three years.

    On Thursday, he argued why he should no longer have to represent Houston.

    “I do not rise to toot my own horn,” Rogers said. “I rise to protect myself from the scurrilous allegations made by this man who I have spent many years now trying to help.”

    Rogers said his desire to withdraw from the case stems from an interview

  • Two county firefighters on job

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Clarence Nelson has no way to see into the future.

    That’s why Nelson, the chief of the Blair Volunteer Fire Department, is keeping his comments low key about two paid firefighters joining the county payroll.    

    “It’s a wait-and-see thing, really,” Nelson said. “We’ll just have to see how it works out.”

    The recently passed Roane County budget included funding for the firefighters.

  • Prosecutors seek to revoke Rocky Houston's bond

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Randy Rogers has made countless arguments on behalf of Rocky Houston over the last three years.

    On Thursday, he argued why he should no longer have to represent Houston.

    “I do not rise to toot my own horn,” Rogers said. “I rise to protect myself from the scurrilous allegations made by this man who I have spent many years now trying to help.”

  • Patton double-jeopardy argument flops

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The state can prosecute former constable Mark Patton on charges he was indicted on in February.

    At a hearing Tuesday afternoon in Roane County Criminal Court, Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood denied a motion by defense attorney Chris Cawood to toss out the indictment.

    Cawood argued that Patton should not have to face the criminal charges alleged in the indictment because Patton was forced to testify about those matters during his ouster trial in June.

  • REPORT: TVA shrugged off red flags

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The TVA Office of the Inspector General was not fooled by the smoke-and-mirrors press conference TVA had on the root-cause analysis of the fly ash disaster.

    In a damning report released Tuesday, the agency’s watchdog accused TVA officials and the contractor charged with explaining what happened of engaging in a “delicate tap dance” to avoid answering questions about TVA’s responsibility for the disaster.     

  • Man charged in "ferocious" slaying

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Authorities charged a Roane County man Wednesday in what they called the "ferocious" overnight slaying of a Rockwood man.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said deputies took Richard Carl Johnson Jr. into custody around 9 a.m. He's been charged with one count of voluntary manslaughter. Johnson is accused of killing Glenn R. McGee.

    Stockton said deputies responded to Johnson's home on Dodson Subdivision Road early Wednesday morning to investigate a fight call.

  • Man rolls dice with guilty plea

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Instead of taking his chances with a jury, Stanley Marsellies Brown decided to leave his fate up to a judge.

    Brown pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Roane County Criminal Court on Wednesday.

    Assistant District Attorney General Frank Harvey said Brown pleaded guilty blind, which means there was no agreement on a sentence between his lawyer and prosecutors.

    “The judge decides everything,” Harvey said.

  • TVA official seeks to restore trust

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A day after a scathing report from the TVA Office of the Inspector General, TVA officials have begun trying to rehab a reputation that’s been severely damaged in the eyes of the public.  

    At Wednesday’s long-term recovery committee meeting, TVA environmental executive Anda Ray made this entreaty: