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Today's News

  • Former county exec candidate tussles with police

    Miles Ledbetter Jr. might have done better in the election had he fought as hard as officers alleged he did on Jan. 6.
    Officers with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office went to his home to arrest him on two outstanding warrants for harassment.
    Ledbetter, who ran for Roane County executive last year, did not go quietly. The arrest report said he broke away from one officer and then punched another in the nose.

  • Woman cooks up each of 12 Days of Christmas

    For many, Christmas has been long over.
    The gifts have been unwrapped; the tree has been taken down; the new year has already been celebrated — but really, the traditional Christmas season only recently ended Jan. 6.
    In the kitchen at Luminary United Methodist Church in Ten Mile, Lynnea McHenry cooked for the church’s 12-course meal celebrating the famed 12 days of Christmas, which ended with Epiphany. The meal is a fundraiser for the church.

  • Pelfrey finishes welding certification in Crossville

    Thomas Pelfrey of Rockwood was among the 15 students who graduated from Tennessee Technology Center at Crossville last month.

    Pelfrey was enrolled in the center’s welding program.

    About 200 students graduate each year from the center’s full-time programs.  

    Not all graduates choose to participate in one of the three graduation ceremonies at the end of each term.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers in Roane County from Oct. 8-14:

    From Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. and Mark Wickenhauser by warranty deed, Dist. 5, Docks at Caney Creek, Lot 7, Phase 2B, $21,900.

    From Ricky L. Russell, Lisa A. Russell, Ethel Virgie Russell and Ethel V. Russell to Calvary Baptist Church by warranty deed, Dist. 3, 2 parcels Sturgess Avenue, $75,000.

  • Roane County students eligible for scholarships

    East Tennessee Foundation has four scholarships available for Roane County students for the 2011-12 school year.

    Roane County students are eligible for the B&W Y-12 Scholarship, the Ruby A. Brown Memorial Scholarship, the Harold W. Canfield Memorial Scholarship and the Gail Clay Scholarship.

    Applications and guidelines are available at www.easttennesseefoundation.org.   

    B&W Y-12 Scholarship

  • Church Calendar

    SATURDAY, JAN. 15
    • Dogwood Baptist Church, Kingston, will have a singing at 7 p.m. The Melodys of Georgia will be featured. The church is on Dogwood Valley Road.

    WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19

  • Visit state attractions free, cheaper Saturday

    Many Tennessee museums and attractions will open their doors to Tennesseans for free or reduced admission on Jan. 15 in a cooperative agreement celebrating the inauguration of Gov.-elect Bill Haslam.

    Haslam and his wife, Crissy Haslam, are following a tradition started by Gov. Phil Bredesen to raise interest in and celebrate Tennessee’s cultural attractions as a feature of the inauguration.

    Free admission is being offered on Jan. 15 to the following area attractions:

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.

    Joshua M. Cochran, speeding Jan. 9, 2010. Failed to appear May 7, convicted.

    Darrison A. Palmer, speeding Feb. 8, 2010. Traffic ticket paid May 13.

    Joshua W. Crabtree, bumper law – CV Jan. 16, 2010. Dismissed May 7, cost to state.

    Megan C. Gipson, speeding Jan. 19, 2010. Guilty as charged May 7, convicted.

  • All-State Band includes Grubb, RCHS junior

    Michaela Grubb, a junior at Roane County High School in Kingston, was chosen last weekend to participate in this year’s Tennessee All-State Band.

    Grubb was selected from several hundred applicants at auditions on Jan. 8 and will perform with the Tennessee All-State Band on April 6-9 at Opryland in Nashville.

    Students from across Tennessee will rehearse for three days and then present a concert at the Tennessee Music Educators Convention.

  • The troubling disappearance of Karen Beard

    Twenty years after a 35-year-old Kingston mother’s disappearance from Roane County, the case still runs cold.

    Karen Beard hasn’t been seen since Jan. 15, 1991.

    Her car was abandoned near Center's Ferry Bridge, and personal items that someone would be expected to travel with were left in her Harriman home.

    She was seven-and-a-half months pregnant with her third child and in the middle of a custody battle with her ex-husband, Reece Beard, over their then 8- and 5-year-old daughters.