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I am writing to you for several reasons today. First of all, we have had a fantastic first semester. I am so proud of our students and staff, and I am so thankful to be a part of Williamson County Schools and this community.
The other reason is to let you know that it has been a difficult week for our district and for school districts across the country since the Sandy Hook incident seven days ago. You need to know that the school district's partnership with all local law enforcement agencies has never been stronger, and all agencies have pledged an increased presence in our schools. County Mayor Rogers Anderson has begun the process of securing school resource officers for our elementary schools and Middle College High. Sometime after the first of the year, we hope to have officers in place at all of our schools.
Unfortunately, this week we have also dealt with rumors of threats at some of our schools. These rumors were taken seriously and were investigated by administration and law enforcement. While there was no real threat in these situations, please know that we will take each threat or rumor of a threat seriously and investigate. I ask that you help us by sharing with your child that we will prosecute, to the fullest extent of the law, anyone who makes a threat of violence toward schools, staff or children. This includes threats made or implied through social media.
We ask that if you or your child ever hear of threatening rumors or see them posted on social networking sites, you report that to your school administrator, the Williamson County Sheriff's Department or other local law enforcement. Thank you for helping us keep our schools safe, and I wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.
Mike Looney, Ed.D
Friday, December 21 2012, 05:17 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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