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Today's News

  • Defense attorney hints Houston may take the stand

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Testimony is under way in Rocky Houston's double murder trial. Pat Brown, the mother of Mike Brown, was the first witness to take the stand this morning.

    Brown, a former lawman, was on disability when he was shot to death on May 11, 2006.

    “He got his first check the week before he was killed,” Brown said.

  • JT 12.10.08 COLUMN Eighteen dollars versus eighteen hundred

     

  • Houston jury selected

     

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

  • Houston case won't be like TV crime drama, prosecutor says

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Randy Rogers, attorney for Rocky Houston, left little doubt about his defense strategy during jury questioning Wednesday afternoon.

    State law allows citizens to use deadly force to defend themselves, and that appears to be the card Rogers plans to play with the jury.

  • Judge denies Houston request for new batch of potential jurors

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Both sides in the Rocky Houston case acknowledged the most recent jury pool summoned for the trial included no one in the 18- to 24-year-old age group.

    Houston attorney Randy Rogers was seeking to have the pool thrown out because of it, but Special Judge James “Buddy” Scott denied the request during a Tuesday afternoon hearing in Roane County Criminal Court.

    “I see no showing of a systematic exclusion of a distinct group here,” Scott said.

  • Lady Tigers rip Greenback 55-33

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

        SUNBRIGHT — Kathryn Johnson earned her first signature win with a 55-33 victory over the Greenback Lady Cherokees last Tuesday.

        The rookie coach at Sunbright rallied her team from a first quarter deficit to roll up the 22-point home win.

        “It was a good start to the season. It was a good win,” said Johnson, who got her first career win.

  • Lady Eagles unbeaten

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

        OAKDALE - Fred Snow’s Lady Eagles have started off the 2008-09 high school basketball season strong with a perfect 4-0 record heading into this week.

        After losing four starters and one of the most successful senior groups in OHS history, Oakdale is reloading for another exciting campaign.

  • REU passes on TVA rate decrease

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    In today’s economy, consumers take their good news where they can.

    Rockwood Electric Utility customers can expect a slight decrease in their bills starting Jan. 1.

    REU board approved the 6 percent decrease at last week’s meeting.

    The change is a result of TVA’s fuel cost-adjustment that lowered wholesale electric rates during the period.

    According to TVA, the rate happened because of a reduction in purchased power and natural gas prices.

  • Rocky Houston makes another request to throw out jury pool

    By TERRI LIKENS

    rceditor@bellsouth.net

    For the second time in a row, Rocky Houston has asked that the jury pool drawn for his murder trial be dismissed.

  • Harriman students bear their colors well

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A unique student activity is part of Bowers Elementary School in Harriman.

    Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students make up a color guard.

    “I guess this is the fourth year,” said Jerry Steele, a veteran who is in charge of teaching the drill team.

    One reason Steele teaches the selected students in the program is to instill a sense of patriotism.