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  • What’s in a tale? Rose knows

    In telling stories, Elizabeth Rose has blended her two greatest passions.

    The long-time educator – the last nine as Cherokee Middle School principal – began telling stories at a young age. She always knew she wanted to be a teacher, but storytelling also called her, as well.

    She says as a seventh grader, she was introduced to the dwindling art form by her school librarian at Etowah City Schools.

  • State House candidate, friend sued

    A lawsuit filed in the Circuit Court for Roane County this week against 32nd District State House candidate Tyler Overstreet and his friend Wende Jones seeks up to $200,000 in compensatory damages related to an incident that occurred July 13.

    Overstreet’s attorney, Tom McFarland, claims the suit is politically motivated.

  • Doctor indicted on DUI

    Harriman doctor Clary Foote was indicted by the Roane County grand jury this week. He’s charged with DUI, registration violation, failure to show proof of insurance and failure to yield the right of way.

    The case stems from an April 17 traffic stop. According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report, Trooper Robert Woody was watching Interstate 40 traffic from Lawnville Road when he noticed Foote in a 1988 Chevy pickup truck.

    “I observed a blue older-model pickup truck start down the westbound on ramp and make an illegal

  • Big early-voting turnout

    Early voting for the Nov. 8 election started Wednesday, and Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said he was pleased with the turnout.

    “It went very well,” he said Thursday. “It’s probably the largest first day voting we’ve had.”

    According to the Tennessee Department of State, the county’s total for Wednesday was 1,434. That figure includes absentee and early votes.

  • Buckingham travel OK’d

    Laura Ann Buckingham, the woman charged in a murder-for-hire plot, has been granted permission to leave the state of Tennessee.

    She reportedly has a custody hearing set for Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. in the state of Indiana.

    Roane County Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks signed an order on Oct. 14 that allows Buckingham to leave Tennessee on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. to travel to Indiana for her custody hearing. The order said she must return to Tennessee no later than midnight on Oct. 26.

  • Hometown ‘American Idol’ given a big welcome
  • Things looking up for Roane students’ ACT average scores

    Not where it needs to be but trending in the right direction. That’s what Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said she sees when looking at the system’s ACT scores.

    After a downward trend, the system’s average ACT composite has risen the last two years.

    “We’re not where we want to be by any means, but what you’ll see is it’s on the rise,” Watkins said. “That’s pleasing to me.”

  • Harriman police looking for bridal shop robber

    Harriman police are seeking help finding a man who robbed McKinney’s Bridal at 410 Ruritan Road on Saturday.

    According to police, the suspect robbed the store around 2 p.m. Oct. 15. The man had covered his face with a dark colored hood and glasses.

    The suspect entered the store while an employee was in the back. He was behind the register when she approached him, according to reports.

    He had his hands in his pockets, intentionally suggesting he had a gun or weapon.