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He and his wife have had 54 foster kids over the years.
It's one reason why about a year ago Burgess decided he'd had enough of seeing children go through state care and winding up in jail or dead.
Burgess started a program to give his county greater responsibility within the job the Department of Childrens Services handles.
"We just put our people together and take the opinion these are our kids and we're gonna take care of them," said Burgess.
That program received a lot of attention in a meeting at the State Capitol Thursday.
The Department of Childrens Services called to to address concerns raised by Dickson County child advocate Kim Stringfield-Davis.
She worries the way the state classifies kids may place some in unsafe situations in her county.
"How the case is investigated and handled. They could even not be responded to so there's a variety of concern," said Davis.
Davis believes giving local departments more control might help.
Nashville Representative Sherry Jones worries the meeting Thursday may not help bring that though.
"There were no details. It was just local control. There are no paths to that local control," said Jones.
Despite that concern DCS Commissioner Kathryn O'Day says her agency is listening to criticism and she believes what Sheriff Burgess is doing in his county might work well in others.
"We've been doing a lot of this since I got here. There is a lot of people with a lot of concerns about DCS and my roll is to learn as much as I can and be the problem solver," said O'Day.
Thursday, October 4 2012, 09:51 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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