Local News

  • 288 in starvation mom’s jury pool

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton continues to work to try and bring the Clifford Dotson starvation case to trial.

    In June of 2012, Clifford’s parents, Matthew and Amanda Dotson, were charged with murder in his death. Countless hearings have been held in the case the last five plus years with the most recent occurring Friday at the Roane County Courthouse.

    One of the issues discussed was the jury pool for Amanda Dotson’s trial, which is tentatively set to begin on Jan. 16. The 12 jurors that will decide the case could come from a pool of 288 people.

  • Man found with teen girl, meth, syringes

    A man found with a female teen in her car had meth in his possession according to Rockwood police.

    Matthew Thomas Driggers, 32, is now facing charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia and manufacture, delivery, sell of schedule II. He was arrested on Oct. 24.

    According to the report, Rockwood police responded to Oak Grove Cemetery to investigate why a vehicle was backed up to the woods with its lights off.

  • Kingston police ups drive ante to 1,000 Thanksgiving meals

    The Kingston Police Department has raised the bar for its annual Thanksgiving food drive with Hands of Mercy.

    “This is going to be our biggest food drive ever,” said Police Chief Jim Washam.

    After managing the distribution of thousands of Thanksgiving food baskets to those in need over the past 13 years, Washam said he decided to challenge his department and supporters in the community to serve even more.

    The goal this year is to distribute 1,000 meals, up from 780 meals last year.

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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.