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    Even though she was a charter member of the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble and a former University of Tennessee dance instructor, Jennifer Austin says she “never had any intention” of opening her own studio.

    She offered private classes to former students, but saw an unfilled need in Roane County and began Kingston-based Arts in Motion more than 20 years ago.

    Today she not only operates the well-respected studio, but also oversees one of the largest “The Nutcracker” productions in the state.

  • Harriman seeks shooting suspects

    A Harriman man called 911 after being shot in the leg at 123 Pine Ridge Road Saturday night.

    According to a 911 detail call sheet, Adam Abston said he had been shot in his left upper thigh by someone in a car. The detail call sheet also described possible suspects as two males in a dark red Ford Focus who were heading from Ruritan Road toward Hwy. 27.

    Harriman Police Department shut down a portion of westbound Ruritan Road near Hassler Mill that evening looking for evidence.

  • Star Trek actress’ charges dismissed

    Staying out of trouble paid off for former “Star Trek: Voyager” actress Jennifer Lien.

    She appeared in Roane County General Sessions Court on Monday, and had her criminal charges dismissed.

    “I know one factor was that she had fully paid restitution to HPD (Harriman Police Department) for damage done during the first incident,” said Public Defender Kim Nelson, whose office represented Lien.

    The first incident occurred on April 14, 2015.

  • Fallen limb causes injuries, outages

    A tree fell onto a vehicle on Race St. shortly after the start of the Kingston Christmas Parade Monday night, dropping a power line, breaking the windshield of the vehicle and injuring the passenger.

    Two others were injured by the falling power line and transported to the hospital.

    “I heard the tree crack but thought it was part of the parade,” said Garrett Strickland of Kingston, who was driving the BMW 535i near Johnson Street and Race Street and waiting for the parade to pass.

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  • THP busts fugitive, driver on drug charges

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol drug fund got a boost this month, thanks to an out-of-state fugitive Trooper Robert Woody arrested in Roane County.

    Reonoppolis D. Taylor was a passenger in a 2002 Ford Explorer that Woody stopped on Interstate 40 on Nov. 5. Digital scales, methamphetamine, rubber bands, a spoon with burn marks and a drug needle were reportedly found in the vehicle. Taylor also had $1,015 in cash in his front pocket.  

  • Puckett sentencing reset for Oct. 2017

    It could be next fall before a Kingston woman finds out how much time she’ll have to spend in federal prison for her role in a pill mill case.

    Stephanie Puckett pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone last year.

    She was scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 13, but the hearing was reset on Monday to Oct. 10, 2017.

    According to court records, Puckett worked at several pain clinics in and around Knoxville from mid-2012 to March 2015.

  • Baby Kayden’s inoperable brain tumor robbed Christophers of hope, but medicine and miracles turn to milestones and HAPPY HOLIDAYS

    When Kayden Christopher was first diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, his family had little hope for his future.

    Today, thanks to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, they had a big reason to count their blessings this holiday season.

    Matt Christopher said his 15-month-old son’s tumor, while still inoperable because of its location, has shrunk thanks to powerful chemotherapy treatment at the famous hospital in Memphis.

  • Rosado now in prison

    After spending nearly 14 months at the Roane County Jail, Tammy Rosado was moved to a state prison earlier this month to finish out her five-year sentence on a voluntary manslaughter conviction.

    “I’m glad,” Ashley Griffith said.

    Rosado shot Griffith’s father, James Cobb, on April 4, 2012. He died a few days later at a hospital.     

    Rosado, who had been in a romantic relationship with Cobb, was charged with second-degree murder.