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  • Wife vows cancer battle won’t be in vain

    Sharon McCuiston feels close to her late husband, Glenn, when she is doing some of his favorite things.

    “He loved being outside,” she remembered. “He loved raking and mowing the lawn.”

    Sharon McCuiston was working in the yard enjoying the fall weather he loved when she decided she should share how pancreatic cancer took Glenn’s life in May 2014.

    November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

    “My goal is awareness,” said McCuiston.

  • Harriman, county aim for Arby’s taxes

    Could the Arby’s food truck that visits Harriman each Wednesday soon have to pay taxes in Roane County?

    Harriman officials are eying working with the rest of the county and local governments to impose similar ordinances creating a taxing mechanism for busineses like the Arby’s food truck.

  • 1 fire, 2 cities

    Harriman is considering a partnership policy with Kingston to roll out immediately on structure fires in the two cities.

    They’ll be looking at the agreement again on Tuesday.

    City Manager Kevin Helms said if this agreement is in place, all units from both cities will head toward the scene of a fire in either Harriman or Kingston as soon as a call is made.

    “If my house is burning, I want everyone to come as quick as they can,” Mayor Chris Mason said. “That is what I would want.”

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  • Ledbetter racks up more charges

    Robin Waynette Ledbetter, the woman charged in a deadly Valentine’s Day wreck, picked up additional charges when she was arrested last week.

    Ledbetter allegedly gave police a fake name and fled when they went looking for her at an apartment complex.

    That led to charges of criminal impersonation and evading arrest.

    Ledbetter, 43, was already facing charges of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment, DUI and two counts of vehicular assault.

    The Roane County grand jury indicted her on those charges on Oct. 19.

  • Veterans Day observance set at Oak Grove Cemetery

    A Veterans Day ceremony is planned at Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

    The event will begin at 11 a.m. at the cemetery’s flag pole.

    The event includes a flag ceremony with area Boy Scouts placing a flag after the name of every war is named.

    Veteran Lexi Sinnott will speak.

    “She was an Army vet and she was in Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan,” said April Foust, commander of the Rockwood VFW.

    Jamie Jordan, chaplain at The Bridge at Rockwood, will sing.

  • Big ‘trunk-or-treat’ a big draw for city’s downtown

    More than 4,000 children are estimated to have participated in the big Halloween “trunk-or-treat” event at the former Roane Medical Center.

    Organizer Robert Rogers said one of the participating churches told him it distributed more than 4,000 pamphlets at the event.

    “We ended up with nine churches involved and had a lot of positive feedback,” he said. “So if the hospital is sold, we plan on finding somewhere else” to have it next year, he said.

    The city owns the hospital building, which is up for sale.

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  • Cobb estate granted $1,000 for bad check

    James Cobb’s estate has won another judgment against Tammy Rosado.

    General Sessions Court Judge Dennis Humphrey ruled on Friday that Rosado must pay the estate $1,033.31 for a dishonored check.

    “I don’t remember putting a stop payment on the check,” she said.

    “I’m granting a judgment based on the evidence that I have in the amount of $1,033.31,” Humphrey responded. “You don’t deny it. You say you don’t remember doing it.”

  • 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.