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Long before the Friday night lights fired up, and hours before the first play was called, Wilson Central students were already hard at work preparing for the big game against Beech.
These are the kids that won't get the glory of putting it in the end zone, but still have plenty of pride. Perhaps no student has more of it than 19-year-old cheerleader Gabryelle Conklin, who doesn't let cerebral palsy keep her from energizing the fans or inspiring her fellow cheerleaders.
"I just like the support of my girls," Conklin said. "They mean the world to me and I don't even know if they know how much they mean to me."
Going into Friday's game, the Wildcats had 7 straight wins, and Head Coach Brad Dedman said some of that success is thanks to the team's unique source of inspiration.
"We've got Frazier Frans on our team," Dedman said. "He's an equipment manager for us."
Frazier suffers from a mental disability that keeps him from suiting up, but not from supporting the team, or from being one of the guys.
"You know, they treat him just like one of the guys," says Dedman. "He hangs out in our locker room. He sits around and jokes around with them."
Dedman says when it's time for the players to leave the locker room and put on their game faces, they carry Frazier's infectious energy with them onto the gridiron.
"You know, he inspires our football team with just his enthusiasm," says Dedman. "He's definitely big for our football team. He's definitely one of Wilson Central's biggest supporters."
Saturday, October 6 2012, 09:46 PM CDT
Houston brother will be his own attorney in court
June 18, 2013 13:02 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Roane County man will face federal gun violation charges next month without an attorney.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/17VlXpM ) reported Rocky Joe Houston will represent himself on a charge of possession of a gun by a felon.
The charge came after Houston earlier represented himself in state court on charges stemming from a police chase. He was convicted of evading arrest and reckless endangerment.
Houston and his brother, Leon Houston, were tried, but not convicted, in the 2006 shooting deaths of a Roane County deputy and his ride-along companion.
In federal court, Rocky Joe Houston is claiming the officer who charged him with the felony had no legal authority.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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