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It was Leon Houston's second trial for charges of threatening to kill his attorney, but the verdict stayed the same: guilty. In July, an appellate judge threw out Houston's conviction, a verdict that netted him five years in prison. While in Blount County Jail awaiting trial for federal firearms charges, Houston had a phone conversation with his girlfriend during which he threatened to kill his lawyer at the time, Jim Logan. According to court documents, Houston was upset that Logan had attempted to acquire part of Houston's land in Roane County as compensation for working as his lawyer. Sentencing is set for December 21, 2015. Houston and his brother Rocky were found not guilty of first degree murder of a deputy in 2006. Rocky is serving a nine year sentence on federal gun charges.
The start times for the Stone Memorial High School home Hall of Fame basketball games against Lenoir City Thursday, November 19th, have been moved up 30 minutes. The Lady Panthers varsity game is now scheduled to tip at 5:30 instead of 6:00 and will be followed by the Panthers varsity contest.
The SMHS and CCHS teams are all scheduled to see action in Hall of Fame games on Saturday, November 21st.
Monday, November 23rd, CCHS will host Walker Valley and Tuesday, November 24th, SMHS is scheduled to travel to Clarkrange.
The Lady Jets played a Hall of Fame game on Tuesday dropping a 58-51 decision to Baylor.
Dozens of churches in East Tennessee are on alert after receiving a mysterious anonymous letter. The letters include the scripture Isaiah 54:16-17, “Behold I’ve created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire and that bringeth forth the instrument of His work and I have created the waster to destroy.” They are signed “The Waster”. Police don’t know who is sending these letters to the churches or for what reason. For now, over 50 churches that received the menacing note are taking extra safety precautions.
City Police were called to investigate a counterfeit $20 bill at McDonalds. Reports say a suspect attempted to pay with the bogus bill when the clerk noticed it wasn’t real and refused the bill. The suspect, who has been identified, left the premises. A second business has also reported a counterfeit bill. United Grocery Outlet told police a female suspect attempt to pay with a bogus $20. The cashier was able to get vehicle identification when the suspect left and police later stopped the vehicle. Upon searching the vehicle, officers discovered several fake bills under the seat. The investigation is continuing and as yet no charges have been filed.
City Police took a report from a Warpath Drive resident for fraud. Officers report that the victim had been using website called care.com to earn extra money. Earlier this month, a subject by the name of James Johnson contacted her about work. After the victim agreed to take the job, the suspect stated he would send her cashier's checks that she was to forward as a MoneyGram to a caregiver for his grandmother. The victim did as instructed but after depositing the checks and forwarding the money, discovered that the checks were no good.