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  • Big ‘trunk-or-treat’ a big draw for city’s downtown

    More than 4,000 children are estimated to have participated in the big Halloween “trunk-or-treat” event at the former Roane Medical Center.

    Organizer Robert Rogers said one of the participating churches told him it distributed more than 4,000 pamphlets at the event.

    “We ended up with nine churches involved and had a lot of positive feedback,” he said. “So if the hospital is sold, we plan on finding somewhere else” to have it next year, he said.

    The city owns the hospital building, which is up for sale.

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  • Cobb estate granted $1,000 for bad check

    James Cobb’s estate has won another judgment against Tammy Rosado.

    General Sessions Court Judge Dennis Humphrey ruled on Friday that Rosado must pay the estate $1,033.31 for a dishonored check.

    “I don’t remember putting a stop payment on the check,” she said.

    “I’m granting a judgment based on the evidence that I have in the amount of $1,033.31,” Humphrey responded. “You don’t deny it. You say you don’t remember doing it.”

  • Driver charged with vehicular homicide, DUI

    Robin Waynette Ledbetter, a 43-year-old Harriman woman, has been charged with vehicular homicide in a Valentine’s Day crash that claimed the life of a Harriman father.

    The Roane County grand jury returned the indictment against Ledbetter on Oct. 19.

    She was arrested on Monday.

    In addition to vehicular homicide, the grand jury also indicted Ledbetter for DUI, reckless endangerment and two counts of vehicular assault.

    Terrance Clark died in the Feb. 14 wreck. He was 46.

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  • Haunted Hospital volunteer accused in groping incident

    A volunteer at Harriman Fire Department’s Haunted Hospital is accused of groping a woman and her granddaughter during last week’s event.

    Larry Davis, 30, is charged with sexual battery and public intoxication in the Oct. 29 incident.

    “I’m completely innocent,” Davis said Thursday. “I didn’t do anything to anybody.”

    The Haunted Hospital was held at the old Roane Medical Center on Devonia Street.

    Davis wore a clown costume and said it was his job to greet people during the event.

  • Harriman lineman up for Mr. Football honor

    TSSAA released its list of semifinalists for the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football awards Thursday morning, and the news was good for Harriman’s Trey Peters.

    Peters is one of four semifinalists for the Class 1A Lineman of the Year award.

    “I’m tickled. This is a great honor,” Peters said. “This is something I never really expected. I’m kind of at a loss for words. I just went out every day trying to do the best I could to help our team.”

  • Jail ‘not working’ for drug offenders, judge says

    Roane County General Sessions Judge Dennis Humphrey is more than the judge for the new Roane County Recovery Court.

    He’s also a big cheerleader for the organization, singing its praises at the first steering committee team meeting.

    It’s a far cry from his days as a prosecutor, when he said the solution was jail and more jail.

    “That is not working, and it is expensive so we have to make some big changes,” Humphrey said.

  • November trial in Tiger Haven shooting case

    Days after he was accused of shooting at Tiger Haven, Toby Rhynehart said he couldn’t wait to go to court to prove his innocence.

    After two and a half years, he may get the chance to do so later this month.

    “We’re planning on having that trial the 19th unless something drastic changes,” Assistant District Attorney General Terry Stevens said.

    Stevens and Rhynehart attorney Mike G. Nassios appeared before Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen for a pretrial hearing earlier this week.

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