Local News

  • Roane vacancy to be up for vote

    The Roane County Commission is planning to fill the vacant seat in District 6 during its Nov. 9 meeting.

    The seat became open following the Sept. 30 death of Bobby Collier, who had served on the Commission for 17 years.

    The Nov. 9 meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

    The Commission will have a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. for anyone interested in being appointed to the vacant seat.

    Anyone appointed can also run for the seat in the Aug. 4, 2016, election.

  • Tax-bill delays put revenues behind

    The Roane County Board of Equalization completed its hearings this week.

    That means property owners should soon expect to receive their tax notices in the mail.

    “We are in the process of doing all our paperwork,” said Property Assessor David Morgan on Wednesday.

    He said computer vendor representatives are scheduled to be at his office next week to help his staff secure the paperwork to send to the county and cities for property tax collections.

  • Father accused of starvation seeking to sever case

    The attorney for the father accused of starving his 2-year-old son to death is seeking to have his client tried separately.

    Matthew and Amanda Dotson face first-degree murder charges in the death of their son, Clifford.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said Matthew Dotson’s attorney, Phil Lomonaco, is seeking to sever the cases, which means the two would be tried separately if the motion is granted.

    “The state will oppose,” Edwards said.

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  • CASA training Nov. 2

    Court-Appointed Special Advocates of the 9th Judicial District will have a volunteer training class Nov. 2 to prepare volunteer advocates to represent abused and neglected children in court.

    Those interested in contributing time to make a difference in the life of a child are asked to call 865-988-2311 for details.

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  • OES employee indicted for theft

    A former fire captain with the Roane County Office of Emergency Services is accused of stealing county property.

    John “Shorty” Rayburn, 42, faces one count of theft of property from $10,000 to $60,000.

    He was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Oct. 19.

  • Harriman fire chief resigns

    Brad Goss has stepped down from his post as Harriman fire chief.

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms met with several people, including Goss, on Monday, after several complaints were lodged against Goss last week.

    “I think we both agreed at that time probably new leadership at the department is the direction we need to go,” Helms said.

    “It was an extremely difficult decision.”

    Goss worked several years for the department. He was assistant chief before he was appointed chief in 2009.

  • ‘He was Operation REACH’

    Bobby Collier founded Operation REACH 40 years ago, and since that time thousands of less fortunate children in Roane County have benefited.

    Collier passed away last month, but the organization he loved so much lives on.

    Last Friday, students at Roane County High School honored Collier with a Memory Walk and fundraiser to benefit the program.