Local News

  • Ledbetter reports to serve 10-year sentence

    Robin Ledbetter started serving her 10-year prison sentence on Sept. 29. Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced her on Sept. 22, and gave her a week to report to the Roane County Jail.

    According to sheriff’s office records, she was booked into the jail at 5:27 p.m.

    Ledbetter killed Harriman father Terrance Clark on Valentine’s Day 2015. She admitted to being under the influence of drugs when she crashed into him on Highway 70 in Midtown. Clark’s wife and son were injured in the crash, but survived.

  • New group’s mission to beautify Kingston

    From staff reports

    A new nonprofit organization in Kingston aims to promote arts and events that add value to the community.

    Outdoor Kingston is a 501(c)3 membership-based nonprofit focused on funding beautification projects in the Kingston community, said Board Chairman Charles Elmore.

    “Our first two projects are murals at the NAACP building in Greenwood and the Kingston United Methodist Church Clothes Closet,” Elmore said.

  • Rockwood suspect flees with IV in arm

    A Rockwood man wanted by police reportedly fled from Roane Medical Center with an IV still in his arm.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Randy Heidle placed Michael Hale under arrest at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Store on Sept. 27 because of an outstanding warrant for violation of bond conditions. Heidle said Hale complained of chest pains as he was escorting him to the patrol car.

  • Kingston officials review leak write-off policy

    The Kingston Water Department may be reviewing its policies for writing off excessive sewer bills related to leaks.

    The sewer cost is based on water used and added to that bill because water used by a homeowner generally flows into a drain into the sewer system, which must be treated.

    An insurance plan is presently available for homeowners who might experience a larger-than-normal bill due to a leak in the system.

  • THP on bus to cut down on distracted driving

    The Tennessee Highway Safety Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are planning their second statewide bus tour to crack down on distracted driving.

    The bus will be in the Knoxville District, which includes Roane County, on Oct. 9.

    The bus will be at District 1 headquarters at 7601 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, at 2 p.m.

    The THP will provide two large, black and tan buses marked with THP logos to transport law enforcement as they observe motorists for traffic violations.

  • Arrr ye ready for Pirate Fest?

    This year’s Pirate Fest promises even more food, fun and entertainment than last year.

    The festival, planned for Oct. 7-8 on the Tennessee Medieval Faire grounds off Fiske Road in Harriman, will include pirates, colonial officials and a sundry gang of merchants and other 16th-century characters.

    They have all gathered at the mythical Caribbean town of Port Royal for a few days of celebration in honor of the governor’s birthday.

  • Man arrested for pot on Front Avenue

    A Rockwood man was arrested last month for allegedly growing marijuana at his residence.

    Christopher Beeson, 31, is charged with manufacturing, delivery, or sell of Schedule VI drugs.

    Rockwood Police Department Deputy Chief John Mayes took out the warrant on Beeson. Mayes said he discovered three large marijuana plants at Beeson’s residence at 525 N. Front Ave. in early September.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jesse Calbaugh arrested Beeson on the warrant on Sept. 18.

  • Kingston among first in state to ramp it up for wheelchair-bound kayakers

    Kingston has installed one of the first wheelchair accessible kayak launch ramps in Tennessee.

    The ramp, which is located between the Race Street and Interstate 40 bridges over the Clinch River, allows easier access to the water for kayakers that use a wheelchair or have physical challenges.

    “The city came up with the idea. We have wanted one for some time,” said Rick Ross, Kingston Parks and Recreation Department director.

  • Road name a tribute to Henry’s son

    One of the people most near and dear to Jim Henry’s heart was his son, the late John Henry.

    Last year the Roane County Commission passed a resolution naming a stretch of Lawnville Road in John’s honor.

    The road sign was unveiled on Monday, which was Jim Henry Day in Roane County.

    “We’re honored to do this for John Henry,” Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said. “He was a very special young man.”

    The stretch of road named in John’s honor runs in front of the Henry property.

  • ‘No better place than this one’

    By Damon Lawrence and Hugh Willett

    Jim Henry had never heard the cannon fire at Fort Southwest Point.

    On Monday, he not only got to hear it, but he also got to fire it.

    That was just one of many honors accorded to Henry on Jim Henry Day.

    “I just want to thank all of you for coming out,” Henry told the crowd at the fort.

    That was one of numerous events held throughout the day for Henry.