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  • Jail vocational training program benefits all

    By Danielle Brown

    Special to the Roane County News

    We have all made those decisions, a few steps too far in the wrong direction.

    For some, those decisions resulted in debt, a lost job, a lower grade, or ended a relationship. Others gave up their freedom.

    Regardless, yesterday has been spent, and today we reap our investment. We can choose to learn and evolve or do more of the same. Hindsight can redirect many paths, but what of the men and women whose mistakes cost their freedom?

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Should we learn to say and spell Buttigieg?
  • NO TIME

    Laura Ann Buckingham had a question for the hitman she met with in 2016 to arrange the killing of her son’s father.

    “You sure you’re not a cop,” she asked.

    Unbeknownst to her, the hitman was actually an undercover TBI agent. After arranging and paying for the hit, Buckingham was arrested and later charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

    She reached a plea deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to the charge in December.

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced Buckingham on Thursday.

  • County could borrow up to $10 million for hefty road repairs

    The Roane County Commission approved borrowing up to $10 million on Monday to fix roads damaged by February’s wet weather.

    “I want to thank each and every county commissioner for doing this,” Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said. “We need this.”

    Ferguson said, “as soon as possible,” when asked how long it will take for the work to start on the roads.

  • Robbery suspects enter plea

    By Richard Evans

    Two people entered plea agreements in connection with a 2018 robbery of the CVS Pharmacy in Harriman.

    On March 15, William Hagan Folger entered a plea agreement with the 9th District Attorney General’s Office.

    William Folger entered a guilty plea to robbery and will be sentenced to eight years in prison with the Tennessee Department of Correction.

    On March 22, Heather Folger also entered a plea agreement with the 9th District Attorney General’s Office.

  • Robbery suspects enter plea

    By Richard Evans

    Two people entered plea agreements in connection with a 2018 robbery of the CVS Pharmacy in Harriman.

    On March 15, William Hagan Folger entered a plea agreement with the 9th District Attorney General’s Office.

    William Folger entered a guilty plea to robbery and will be sentenced to eight years in prison with the Tennessee Department of Correction.

    On March 22, Heather Folger also entered a plea agreement with the 9th District Attorney General’s Office.

  • HPD set to get K9

    By Richard Evans

    During their meeting on Tuesday, April 2, the Harriman City Council approved the purchase of a drug dog for the Harriman Police Department.

    The $9,890 purchase price will be paid out of the department’s drug fund to Highland K-9 in Harmony, N.C.

    That amount also covers three weeks of training as well as lodging, certification and course materials for the handler.

    The program also provides free in-service training and free annual recertification for as long as the department owns the dog.

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  • Adkisson sees even more time for burglary sprees

    This criminal court term hasn’t gone well for convicted felon Larry Adkisson.

    Last month Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks upheld his convictions for theft of property between $10,000 and $60,000 and theft of property between $1,000 and $10,000.

    Last week, Adkisson pleaded guilty to burglary and evading arrest in a separate case and received an additional 12 years in prison.

    His total prison time now sits at 24 years.

    He must serve at least 60 percent of that.

  • County closes two businesses

    Two Bluff Road businesses – Happy Mart and Best Homecare – have been shut down by the county. Both have notices taped to the doors with red tape that state the following: “This building is unsafe and its use or occupancy has been prohibited by the Roane County Codes Enforcement Office.”

    State real estate records list David Thomas and Jean E. Meredith as the owner of the buildings.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said the county took the actions after engineers determined the buildings weren’t structurally sound.