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  • Puckett sentencing delayed until late 2018

    Nearly two years have passed since a Kingston woman pleaded guilty in a pill mill case, and she still doesn’t know how much time she’ll serve in federal prison.

    Stephanie Puckett was scheduled to be sentenced last December, but that hearing was reset to Tuesday, Oct. 10.

    Puckett didn’t learn her fate that day because the hearing was reset to Nov. 13, 2018.

    Puckett pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone in 2015.

  • Elector’s mail back to normal

    The amount of mail Roane County resident Liz Holiway receives now has returned to normal. That wasn’t the case after last year’s presidential election.

    Holiway was one of the state’s 11 presidential electors. She was bombarded with mail from around the country in the week’s following the election.

    The senders were imploring her not to cast her electoral college vote for Trump.

  • Jago heads up school board for 2017-18

    The Roane County Board of Education selected Rob Jago to serve as its chairman over the next year.

    The board picks a new chairman each September.

    Jago served as vice chairman this past year.

    He succeeds Sam Cox as chairman.

    “I think you’ve done a tremendous job and I think Rob will follow right along with you,” Board Member Hugh Johnson told Cox.

  • County receives grants for ADA lake projects

    Roane County Government will have ribbon-cutting ceremonies today — Oct. 20 — for two recreational improvement projects.

    The projects involve putting the projects in align with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

    They include an ADA-accessible kayak/canoe launch in partnership with the city of Kingston at a TWRA access area. Also involved is an ADA-accessible courtesy dock at the Little Emory TWRA access launch area.

    The ribbon-cutting ceremonies will start at 10 a.m.

  • HARRIMAN CLEAN CITY INITIATIVE

    From staff reports

    Harriman’s Clean City Initiative is off to a great start.

    Junk is being picked up and overflowing the dumpsters behind Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

    City officials clarified requirements for the cleanup before the second week gets underway on Oct. 23.

    Residents need to place the items they wished to be picked up on the curb outside their residence on the Monday of the week of their free pickup.

  • Officials taking train excursion

    Lhoist North America in Crab Orchard and the Southern Appalachian Railway Museum is planning a fall colors train ride for public officials, including Rockwood City Council members.

    The train would leave from Lhoist in Crab Orchard and travel to Rockwood before returning to Crab Orchard. Lhoist is the old Franklin Limestone location.

    “Right now it is county officials and the state representatives and a couple of ones like that,” said Sam Maynor.

  • Pair charged with minor solicitation

    A 57-year-old Rockwood man was charged with solicitation of a minor on Saturday, Oct. 14, for allegedly propositioning a 16-year-old male on Gateway Avenue.

    According to the report, the teen was walking home from work when Ricky Gene Lee approached him.

    “Mr. Lee asked him how he was doing, then said he was sexy and he could do better things for him than any girl could,” the report said.

    The teen told Lee to leave him alone, but Lee continued to follow him.

  • Driver thought to run over officer indicted

    The man accused of running over a Kingston police officer with a car hauler was indicted by the Roane County grand jury this week.

    Henry Nicholas Brown, 32, is charged with aggravated assault, evading arrest, felony reckless endangerment and driving on a revoked license.

    “We’re glad to see that turned over and see justice in criminal court,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

  • Haunts of Harriman headed your way this weekend

    From staff reports

    Ghostly spirits will again haunt the streets of downtown Harriman during the annual Hauntings of Historic Harriman ghost tour.

    The walking tours of historic Cornstalk Heights will be Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21.

    Tours will begin daily at 7:30 p.m. and leave in 15-minute intervals from the Harriman Public Library at 601 Walden St.

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