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Today's News

  • JULY 18 UPDATE: Bullet from Leon's gun found in cruiser

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A TBI forensics expert testified Friday morning that a bullet from a Glock allegedly fired by Leon Houston was found in the cruiser Roane County Sheriff's Deputy Bill Jones was driving the afternoon he died.

    TBI forensic scientist Robert Daniel Royse showed the jury a slide show that indicated shell casings from Leon's Glock pistol were found near a bush outside Leon's home.

    Royse also said that a fired bullet was found sitting on the passenger seat of Jones' police cruiser.

  • FRIDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: Brown fired four shots before his death

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Former law enforcement officer Mike Brown fired four shots from a Ruger 9mm pistol before he lost his life in a shootout on May 11, 2006.

    TBI forensic scientist Robert Daniel Royse testified about Brown's weapon and the ballistic evidence associated with it Friday afternoon during Leon Houston's double-murder trial.

  • Harriman comes up short at state tourney

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Only one team will leave Lookout Mountain happy this week and unfortunately for Harriman fans, the Blue Devils won't be that team as the Harriman Major All-Stars dropped their first two games at the Dixie Youth Majors State Tournament.

    Harriman opened play Monday against defending state champion Goodlettsville and dropped a 10-0 decision. After a day off on Tuesday, the Blue Devils had their chances against Bolivar, but in the end they couldn't come up with enough hits and dropped a 9-3 decision.

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  • July 17:Forensics evidence critical to Houston case

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The forensics portion of Leon Houston's double murder trial got underway on Thursday. A high-powered assault rifle, which was allegedly used by Rocky Houston, was put on full display for the jury.

  • Leader in 'No. 2' business moving to technology park

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    The owners of C.R. Barger and Sons playfully call themselves No. 1 in the No. 2 business.

    The growing, family-owned company has decided to move its septic tank manufacturing operation from the Clax Gap area to East Roane County.

    Barger is relocating production to the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    The company’s products include septic tanks, storm shelters and grease traps.

  • JULY 16: Eyewitness status sketchy in Houston trial

    DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    ““May 11, 2006, was a nice spring day,” special prosecutor Robert “Gus” Radford told a Roane County jury Wednesday.

    But before that day was over, Bill Jones and Mike Brown would be dead ee* riddled with bullets ee* after a gunfight on a country lane.

    Radford, in his opening statements in Leon Houston's double murder trial, laid out his theory of how such a day could end so badly for the men.

  • Kingston AAA sputters

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    For three and one-half innings Monday evening it appeared as if the Kingston AAA All-Stars were on their way to an opening round victory in the Dixie Youth AAA State Tournament at Signal Mountain.

  • 32nd camp draws 61 at Wartburg

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    The 32nd annual Morgan County basketball camp was another success, according to camp director Dallas Davis.

  • Oakdale to play 'Beyond the Bricks' in '08

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    Georgia plays between the hedges. Starting this season, Oakdale will be playing beyond the brick.

  • Kingston wins exciting state level game

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    After winning the District 8 AA title with relative ease, the Kingston AA All-Stars received a major challenge Monday afternoon in the opening round of the Dixie Youth AA State Tournament as the Jackets needed a two-out RBI single from Tyler Thurman to drive in Austin Key with the winning run in an exciting 14-13 victory over Hickman County.