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"They have been worshiping there since 1890," Dixon said.
Like any other Sunday, January 27th. he was at the pulpit, but it wasn't at Hobson, it was at the congregation's temporary home at Saint Andrew in North Nashville.
"We're in the process of trying to determine our future," Dixon said.
The church's original building sits on the corner of Chapel Ave. and Greenwood Ave. in East Nashville, and for the foreseeable future, it s expected to stay empty.
Dixon says the historical structure and four-and-a-half-acre parcel were built to hold 500 people, but the congregation, now only about 70 strong, can't afford to keep it.
"The expenses of just trying to maintain that kind of space had just gotten too much for us," Dixon said.
The plan is to sell the property Dixon says was recently appraised for $1.3 Million.
Last week, the church was approached by Liberty Collegiate Academy charter school, which has to vacate its current building on 10th St. and Fatherland St. this summer.
Dixon says school officials offered a maximum buying price of $200,000, which the congregation rejected.
"They were a little offended by the very low offer that we received," Dixon said.
In the meantime, the church has been vacant for a month, and there are no immediate plans for new tenants.
It's just this nebulous situation where no one knows what can happen." said Adrian Bahan, who has lived down the street from the church for more than a decade.
Bahan says the longer the lot stays empty, the more dangerous it becomes.
"My fear is that it s going to sit empty and become more and more derelict and become maybe even a magnet for the homeless population, or become a safety issue for myself an the other neighbors," Bahan said.
Sunday, January 27 2013, 06:50 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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