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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.


    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.


    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.”