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"Due to the broken heartedness of this football team and the brokenness of our players, we decided just to meet and resume on Sunday," says TSU Football Coach Rod Reed.
Wayne Jones was a freshman walk-on for the Tigers, but it doesn't sound like it would have been too long before he changed that.
"We didn't have a scholarship for defensive back but he and his father were willing to come over here and wait and he was well on his way to doing that," says Reed. "He was a fine young man, a gifted athlete, and he will be sorely missed."
That's how many at Smyrna High feel. The sign outside the school now paying tribute to the one-time Bulldog who starred on the football field, the basketball court and even ran track for Smyrna Track Coach Casey Newsom.
"Most of the people are going to talk about his smile, his personality," says Newsom. "Everything that had nothing to do with his sports ability, and that's what really made him special."
"Wayne was a great player for us," says Smyrna Football Coach Matt Williams. "His Senior year, he was our top defensive back and a standout receiver as well, and teammates loved him and he was a very popular guy around here."
Around Smyrna and TSU, the hope is that a teammate's passing will not only sadden those who knew Wayne, but also inspire them.
"All he wanted was an opportunity to play, and so we are asking them to use that to help inspire them to continue moving forward in a most positive way, as Wayne would have done," says TSU President Dr. Portia Shields.
3 memorials were planned in the wake of the TSU tragedy. The first taking place tonight at Elliott Hall.
Thursday, November 8 2012, 09:48 PM CST
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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