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  • ‘You can see God in it’

    In the Bible, Jesus performed a miracle by feeding 5,000 men — not counting women and children — with only five loaves of bread and two fish.

    Walnut Hill Baptist Church Outreach Leader Faye Daniels isn’t necessarily performing miracles, but she is doing a lot with a little, as the small church in Harriman feeds and clothes hundreds of area residents each week with donations alone.

  • Pierce on probation after plea

    Former Rockwood Public Works Director Tom Pierce quietly entered a guilty plea on several charges this month related to both purchases he made while a city employee and his August arrest stemming from allegations he may be planning to harm a former Rockwood official.

    “Given the facts of both cases and the offer being a diversion, it was something Mr. Pierce could not pass up to run the risk of conviction in all the cases,” said John McFarland, a Kingston attorney representing Pierce.

  • Thanksgiving helping hand
  • Accused drug peddler racks up additional crack charges

    A woman already under indictment for allegedly selling drugs is facing additional drug charges following her arrest earlier this month.

    Kristy Lynn Murray was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Oct. 18 on two counts of selling cocaine in the school zone of Sailaway Learning Academy and Calvary Baptist Church and School.

    On Nov. 11, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Justin Edwards received information that Murray was at a residence in the alleyway near Eddie’s Body Shop.

  • Dad accused of starving son trial delayed again

    Did 2-year-old Clifford Dotson have a genetic disorder?

    That question is serious enough that Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton saw fit to grant a defense motion for a continuance in Matthew Dotson’s murder trial, which was scheduled to start Monday, Nov. 28, in Roane County Criminal Court.

    A new trial date has not been set.

    Clifford died on May 3, 2012. Authorities have accused his parents, Matthew and Amanda Dotson, of starving him to death.

    They face first-degree murder and other charges in the case.


    Ecstatic Bowers Elementary students got a treat just like their teachers last week.

    Bowers second-grade teachers were granted a reprieve from recess duty when they raised the most money for United Way in the school.

    That’s when Harriman Police Department, led by Chief Derek Pacifico, happily filled in, even joining the kids on the playground.

    “You got to remember that most cops don’t get invited to the party where everything is safe and no one is causing a problem,” Pacifico said.

  • GLIMPSES: Presumed mandates and the consequences

    By Mark Banker

    Since the presidential election, politicians and pundits have debated a question that is at once ironic and predictable: Did Donald Trump win a mandate?

    The irony is that in the American lexicon, “mandate” means a “command from the people” to carry out an agenda.

    Set aside that Trump lost the popular vote by a million ballots and that in the Republican primaries he never won a majority in any state.

  • Woman killed in semi crash

    A Kentucky woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash Sunday morning on North Gateway Avenue in Rockwood.

    Trooper Gary Snow of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said 56-year-old Dawn Marie Schmidt was killed when the 2016 Rav 4 she was driving was struck from behind by a 2015 Volvo tractor-trailer driven by Joshua Lee Sherrill, 37, of Jasper.

    Snow said Schmidt had approached the intersection of Strang Street and Gateway Avenue at about 8:55 a.m., when the 18-wheeler slammed into the rear of the Rav 4.

  • Mary’s Tree continuation of Harback’s holiday spirit

    Late Harriman City Councilwoman Mary Harback was known for her enthusiasm for two things.

    “She was very passionate about Christmas and the city of Harriman,” said Mayor Wayne Best.

    Her Christmas spirit will be remembered at a special event from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, when the public will gather to both remember Harback and place ornaments in honor and memory of other loved ones onto the

    tree that was planted in Mary’s honor at the Temperance Building.

  • Vietnam War dangers also loomed in sky above troops

    As a U.S. Army technical observer, Harriman’s Gary Todd was in a crew on OV-1 Mohawks that flew across Vietnam looking for the bad guys for the American troops on the ground.

    “We had infrared radar cameras,” Todd said. “Anything we could try to find the enemy with, that is what we had.”

    Armed only with pistols, they may not have been on the front lines, but they faced daily danger from being shot down and fear of crashing when a heavy blanket of fog settled over the humid jungles of Vietnam.