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  • 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.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Spontaneous observations on various subjects

    Gentle reader, can you believe it?

    The coming week will mark the beginning of the one year countdown for the 2016 election of a new president of these United States and the Grand Old Party has yet to begin the serious winnowing out of their candidates for that office.

  • Dad pleads for shorter sentence

    The father of a woman sentenced to 20 years in prison for her role in a Roane County meth conspiracy is pleading with a federal judge for leniency.

    “As a dad, I long for my daughter to be home everyday,” Rockie Elswick wrote in a September letter to U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier.

    Elswick’s daughter, Kristi Miller, was one of 21 people indicted in the meth conspiracy in 2010.

    Her 20-year sentence was the longest handed out to those involved.

  • First step in school chief search

    Roane County Board of Education will take the first step next week toward its search for a new director of schools.

    Chairman Darrell “Drack” Langley scheduled a work session at 6 p.m. on Nov. 12 to begin discussions.

    Gary Aytes, the current director, is in the final year of his contract.

    He announced over the summer that he does not plan to seek an extension.

    The school board hired Aytes in 2012.

  • Neater Rockwood rules give clear clean-up edicts

    Rockwood officials recently did some clean up of their own when City Attorney Greg Leffew clarified some ordinances pertaining to unkempt property.

    Rockwood City Council approved on first reading an ordinance pertaining to two mandates in the Rockwood Municipal Code.

    “To simplify, I have combined the two ordinances into one and set up law enforcement procedures,” said Leffew.

    The first section concerns weeds and grass, while the second prohibits overgrown and dirty lots.