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  • HUB, REU electric bills going up

    Electric customers can expect to pay more this month with the pass-through of a 1.5 percent TVA retail rate increase.

    It will amount to about $1.50 more a month for the average Valley resident using 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month.

    TVA approved the increase in their retail rate with their budget in August.

  • McElhaney temporary shelter chief

    Familiar faces still greet the visitors to the Roane County Animal Shelter and one of them has taken over the helm for the time being.

    Stacey McElhaney, who was office manager since November 2016, is serving as interim director after the removal of John Griffin.

    She finds a lot of joy at the shelter.

    “It is all God’s work. You see animals choose people. I cry a lot,” she admitted.

  • Police officer almost run down by shoplifting suspect

    Rockwood Police Officer Teresa Brown reported being nearly run over by a suspected shoplifter on Sept. 27.

    The incident occurred at Walmart.

    Brown was dispatched to the store to investigate a shoplifting incident.

    “Upon my arrival, Bunnie Davidson was the suspect which was detained and Joe, an employee of Walmart, stated another female was with Ms. Davidson.”

    Davidson was cited for shoplifting. The employee told Brown Davidson’s companion also shoplifted, but they were unable to catch her.

  • 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.