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  • Former candidate scraps with deputy

    It took pepper spray, tasering and a sheriff’s deputy’s tackle to subdue a former candidate for Roane County’s top political office after he was stopped for allegedly speeding.
    Miles Ledbetter Jr., who finished third in the 2010 campaign for county executive, was arrested on Sunday on charges of assault and resisting arrest. Ledbetter, 33, was also cited for speeding.

  • The GOP gaining ground?

    Republicans didn’t always have the upper hand in Tennessee.
    “Back in the old days, when I first got involved in politics, you had to beg someone to run as a Republican,” House Speaker Beth Harwell, R- Nashville, said. “Now that’s not the case.”
    Now Tennessee features a Republican majority in the state House and Senate along with a Republican governor.
    As Election Day approaches, the party appears poised to increase its dominance over state politics.

  • Reception for Chris Whaley at Roane State

    The public is invited to meet new Roane State Community College President Chris Whaley during a reception on Thursday, Nov. 1, at the college’s Roane County campus.
    The reception will be from 3:30-5 p.m. in the student lounge, which is located in the Dunbar Building.
    Whaley is Roane State’s fifth president. He succeeds Gary Goff, who retired after seven years as the college’s leader.

  • Roane Schools will improve on scorecard

    The Tennessee Department of Education plans to release the annual report card on schools Thursday.
    Roane County Schools will show progress, according to Director of Schools Gary Aytes, who said he’s already reviewed the report. 
    “We have made improvements,” Aytes said.
    He didn’t go into details at last week’s Board of Education meeting. He said the report card is embargoed until the state releases it.

  • Autism effort involves man on wheels

    Brian Patrick is going long distance to raise awareness of autism and also to raise money for autismspeaks.org.
    The 42-year-old in-line skater made a pit stop Friday in Roane County while on a cross-country crusade from Long Island, N.Y., to Laguna Beach, Calif.
    Patrick, who has two teenagers with varying degrees of autism, began his journey on Sept. 20 at Montauk Point, Long Island, in his native New York City.
    He hopes to reach the West Coast by Christmas.

  • Roane stays out of storm cleanup — for now

    The head of Roane County’s Office of Emergency Services said it’s not yet clear whether it will be needed for assistance in the wake of a superstorm in the northeast.

    “Right now we’re in a coordinating and monitoring phase, kind of waiting until storms pass by to see what they are getting,” said director Howie Rose.

    Rose said local officials are having daily operation briefings.

    Rose said regions have been put on standby, particularly the regions neighboring those most likely to be affected.

  • Huffing driver causes accident

    When Harriman police were sent to an accident with injury at 3:43 p.m. on Oct. 25, they were told a caller said the driver was trying to leave and still huffing on a can of something.

    The police report said the woman was attempting to get out of the van while an emergency worker was holding her neck still for the possibility of injury.

    Reports identified the female as Brandie Rae Foster, 33, and that she admitted she had been inhaling a chemical propellant.

    Police said she lost control of the vehicle and cut across into oncoming traffic.

  • Moving out: Hurley discusses tumultuous two-year tenure as Roane’s state representative

    No one can accuse Julia Hurley of having an uneventful term in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

    That was a problem for some of her critics.

    “I have friends in Chicago and other parts of the country, and the only thing they heard about Roane County was some antic of our state representative,” Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis said.

  • Mullins ordered to pay his taxes

    Chancellor Frank V. Williams III has reversed his decision on Brian Mullins’ delinquent Roane County taxes.

    “The order, entered by this court on Aug. 1, 2012, which waives attorney’s fees, interest, costs, fines and fees associated with the taxes owed by Brian Mullins and Brian Mullins Excavating Contractors Inc. is set aside,” reads an order signed by Williams on Oct. 23.

  • Bogus bill shows up in court till

    Roane County’s General Sessions Court Office is being more attentive when it comes to receiving money after someone used a fake $20 bill to make a payment earlier this month.

    “I have instructed my deputy clerks to be vigilant about checking the cash for possible counterfeit money,” Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson said last week.

    Nelson, who oversees the Circuit, General Sessions, Criminal and Juvenile courts, said one of her clerks was counting money on Oct. 19 and noticed that one of the $20s looked odd.