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  • Houston deliberations emotional for jury, too

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The return of the jury verdict in Rocky Houston's double-murder trial isn't just an emotional time for families of the deceased and the accused.

    It's apparently an emotional time for the jury as well.

    One of the female jurors was crying when Special Judge James “Buddy” Scott allowed the jury to break for lunch Friday. Her face was red, and her eyes were teary as she filed out of the courtroom with her fellow jurors just after 11 a.m.

  • Police negotiate with man threatening to jump from bridge

    Police routed traffic throughout Friday afternoon and late into the evening around the Hwy. 27 bridge in Harriman because an unidentified male had climbed onto the train trellis across from the bridge and allegedly was considering jumping off into the Emory River below.

    Negotiations with the man were still ongoing at press time on Friday evening.

  • Houston jury has to focus on 'forever'

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net 

  • Houston closing arguments to start Wednesday

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Rocky Houston did not tell his side of a deadly shootout when he took the witness stand on Tuesday.

    Instead, he only offered brief assurances to the judge that he understood what he was doing by exercising his right not to testify in his double murder trial.

    “And that's your own personal decision?” Special Judge James “Buddy” Scott asked.

    “Yes,” Rocky responded.

  • Meth bust leads busy week

    The Morgan County Sheriff's Department had a very busy week. They started the week by busting another meth lab in Deer Lodge and ended it with another drug bust in Petros. In between, they charged a Morgan County Road Department employee with passing a school bus discharging passengers, and they arrested a man for robbing the Rocky Top Market in Wartburg.

  • Monetary incentives considered for retiring teachers

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

        The final Morgan County School Board workshop of 2008 took place Monday evening and lasted only 22 minutes.

        Despite such a short meeting, it was very beneficial with a teacher retirement incentive highlighting the talk of the workshop.

  • Where was Rocky's rifle in shootout?

    By TERRI LIKENS

    rceditor@bellsouth.net

    Where was Rocky Houston's high-powered rifle when a police cruiser swung into the parking area in front of his brother's house on May 11, 2006?

    It's an important question for jurors who have to decide whether Houston was acting in self-defense in the shootout that ensued.

    However, the answers from defense witnesses at Rocky's double-murder trial have not been definitive.

  • Jury begins deliberations in Houston case

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Rocky Houston will not testify in his double-murder trial. He informed Special Judge James “Buddy” Scott of his decision Tuesday afternoon.

    “And that's your own personal decision?” Scott asked.

    “Yes,” Rocky responded.

    During his opening statement, defense attorney Randy Rogers hinted that Rocky might take the witness stand in his own defense.

  • Defense testimony vivid in Houston murder trial

    By TERRI LIKENS

    rceditor@bellsouth.net

    Rocky Houston did not take the stand Friday in his double murder case, but his wife, Nancy, did.

    She drew a rare courtroom smile from her husband when she testified she was more likely to get mad at Rocky  than he at her.

  • Tears fall as details of injuries offered by pathologist

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Mike Brown was on the ground, paralyzed from the waist down when he received a shot to the head that sent his jaw bone flying down Barnard Narrows Road.

    Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan, a forensic pathologist, stuck to that story no matter how much defense attorney Randy Rogers tried to debunk her testimony on Thursday in Rocky Houston's double-murder trial.