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  • BLESSED be the pets
  • Doctor’s DUI case settled

    A Roane County doctor charged with driving under the influence last year resolved his case in Roane County Criminal Court on Monday.

    Clary Foote pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of reckless driving.

    “Wasn’t guilty from the beginning,” Foote said, when contacted Tuesday morning. He declined further comment.

    Foote, now 68, was arrested by State Trooper Robert Woody on April 17, 2016.

    According to the warrant, Foote was driving a 1988 Chevy the wrong way on the 355 West on-ramp to Interstate 40.

  • Pit bull owner says biting reports news to him

    The owner of a pit bull that reportedly bit a woman is speaking out.

    “I still haven’t seen no proof,” Justin Morrison said. “I still haven’t been cited for it.”

    The alleged biting occurred on July 2. According to a Rockwood Police Department report, Bonnie L. Fradey of Harriman told Officer Rick Thomas she was walking when a pit bull came out of the yard at 600 N. Kingston Ave., and bit her on her left thumb.

  • County budget done deal with no tax hike

    Roane County employees will soon see a bump in their pay checks. The $106 million budget the County Commission passed Monday funds a 2 percent raise for employees.

    “It will probably be in their next check, retroactive to July 1,” County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Summer swinging
  • Rockwood police nab woman sought by U.S. Marshals

    A woman wanted by the U.S. Marshals was arrested in Rockwood last week.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Department Detective Josh Rymer stopped Brandi Irene Russell at the intersection of Harvey Street and Wilder Avenue because her Dodge Charger had improper registration.

    “I checked the status of her license and it was found to be suspended,” the report said. “We also received a hit on Russell through the U.S. Marshals Service showing she had a probation violation.”

  • Woman guilty of causing fatal crash

    A woman faces sentencing this fall for a fatal crash that took the life of a Harriman father on Valentine’s Day in 2015.

    Robin Waynette Ledbetter pleaded guilty in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday to charges of vehicular homicide by intoxication, vehicular assault, reckless endangerment and driving under the influence.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said she entered what’s referred to in the legal profession as a blind plea, meaning there was no agreement between her and the state on a possible sentence.

  • Rockwood’s turn for tablet try: City buying four iPads for Council members’ business

    Rockwood City Council is going digital.

    The council plans to start utilizing iPads at their meetings, with a trial run planned for the next meeting.

    “We got four for the four City Council persons who currently don’t have one at a cost of $327.27 each,” said City Administrator Becky Ruppe.

    “We will be charged a low monthly government data rate in the beginning that we will be able to drop later, if we decide to just use Wi-Fi where we already have it available.”

  • Take me out to the ballgame: Gridiron Vols pitch to inspire Dixie Youth

    It’s not often that kids growing up get to meet a Division I college football player.

    The ones playing in the Dixie Youth A and AA State Tournament in Rockwood got to meet a pair Thursday, when University of Tennessee football stars Khalil McKenzie and Josh Smith threw out ceremonial first pitches while also signing autographs at the event.