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  • Ledbetter now serving time in state prison

    Robin Waynette Ledbetter was transferred to a state prison less than two weeks after reporting to the Roane County Jail to start serving a 10-year sentence.

    “She got to go faster than we anticipated,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.

    Ledbetter, 44, killed Harriman father Terrance Clark in a car crash on Valentine’s Day 2015. She admitted to being under the influence of prescription drugs at the time.

  • 3 AGENCIES, 1 SITE

    Three of Roane County’s most respected nonprofits helping the hungry, homeless and in need are now under one roof.

    Representatives of Hands of Mercy food pantry, Crossville Housing Authority’s Pathways Rapid Rehousing program and the Salvation Army greeted members of the public in the all-in-one facility at 421 Devonia St., in downtown Harriman.

  • State arts grant aids Roane Choral Society

    Roane Choral Society is the recipient of Tennessee Arts Build Communities grant for its “100 Years of American Music” project. The grant was awarded by the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville.

    Tax-exempt or non-profit organizations, private educational institutions, entities of government (such as Parks and Recreation, public libraries, public schools), and colleges and universities were eligible to apply.

  • RAIN DELAYS

    Forecasts of rain for the weekend have forced the postponement of several events.

    The Kingston Street Fest originally scheduled for Saturday has been postponed until next Saturday, said Kingston Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross.

    “Due to possible high rain chances we are postponing Kingston Street Fest to Saturday, Nov. 4,” Ross said. “Same time and format. Sorry, but this is beyond our control, and we want to offer the best event possible.

    Hope to see everyone on Nov. 4 at the old Courthouse in Kingston.”

  • Grocer grappler back in trouble

    The woman who got into a tussle with the owner of the Rockwood IGA after she allegedly shoplifted at his store has been charged with another crime.

    This one allegedly occurred at Harriman High School on Oct. 20. According to the warrant, Misty Dawn Presswood got a male juvenile to help her steal items from the school. She’s charged with two counts of theft of property up to $1,000 and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The case was investigated by Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Wampler.

  • Rockwood to open biking, hiking trails

    From staff reports

    A scenic multi-use network of trails will be officially open in Rockwood after this weekend.

    Rockwood Forest, the mountainside terrain in the rear of Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex, is having a grand opening at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

    “They are multi-use trails. We already have some folks running them. For the most part it is what I would call moderate mountain bike trails,” said Steve Scarborough.

    “This is a beautiful resource for Rockwood and Roane County.”

  • Get rid of old meds at Take Back Saturday

    This Saturday, Oct. 28, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition will accept items at its office in Kingston.

  • Harriman man accused bank robber

    By Damon Lawrence and Cindy Simpson

    Shackled and wearing a striped jail jumpsuit, Christopher Wayne Best of Harriman made his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon, fewer than 24 hours after federal authorities charged him with robbing a South Knoxville bank.

    During the 29-year-old’s arraignment at the federal courthouse in Knoxville, U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Guyton asked Best a series of questions including what was the highest level of education he obtained and if he was on any medications.

  • TENNESSEE HERO

    A Kingston man is among four soldiers honored for helping those injured in a car accident in November 2016.

    Sgt. Chris Galyon, 117th Military Police Battalion, Athens, received the Adjutant General’s Ribbon for Valor by Major General Max Haston.

    “I am proud of our Soldiers and the actions they took at the scene of the accident to assist members of our community,” said Lt. Col. John Gobel, commander of the 117th MP Battalion.

  • Officials DARE to retool drug program

    The Roane County Board of Education got an update last week on the revamped DARE program that’s being reinstituted into the school system.

    “The old curriculum was mainly just a lecture,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer Greg Sims said. “The students spent about 45 minutes to an hour just being lectured. You know, drugs are bad, don’t do them basically is all that was getting over to them. It was not working.”

    Sims said he believes students will get more out of the program they are teaching now.