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"It's just one tragedy after another," says LaFayette resident Michael Stewart.
Though 5 years apart, LaFayette residents recall the February 5, 2008 tornado outbreak as though it was yesterday.
"It went up the hill is what it did," says Brandi Nash.
Nash says some of the 231 Macon County homes destroyed by the 2 twisters were right off that road.
"It terrified our town," says Nash.
Cave Hollow Road is the same road where the Sunday evening house fire killed 4 people, including her uncle Danny Nash while trying to save the other 3 inside.
"My uncle was a hero," says Nash. "He died a hero."
Danny Nash was part of the community 5 years ago, chipping in to help those affected. Many there have since started helping themselves.
"This is the storm shelter that my wife had put in," says neighbor Jason Vinson.
Vinson calls his family "safety conscious". They keep the shelter stocked with blankets and water should they need it again. They keep batteries in their smoke detectors, but know some things are out of their control.
"You just prepare and be safe," says Vinson. "It can happen to anyone."
"Seems like our town is getting hit one after another," says Nash.
The rubble and ashes from the fire are still smoldering Monday night.
Tuesday, March 5 2013, 04:15 AM 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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