Local News

  • Ferguson leader in campaign fundraising

    Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson outraised his opponents by a wide margin in the weeks leading up to the Aug. 4 election.

    According to his latest campaign financial disclosure statement, he received $5,350 in contributions from July 1 to July 25.

    His biggest contributors during the period were Steve Kirkham and Robyn Menne. Each gave $1,000.

    Ferguson defeated Tim Clark and Brian Mullins in the election.

  • Eric Gallaher moved from Roane Jail to state custody

    It took a while, but Eric Gallaher has finally been moved to a state prison for his conviction on voluntary manslaughter and drug charges.

    He reported to the Roane County Jail on July 27, 2015 to start serving a nine-year sentence.

    He remained there until Aug. 11, when he was transferred to the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex.

    Attorney Jedidiah McKeehan represented Gallaher. He said he was hoping Gallaher, who is from Harriman, would stay at the Roane County Jail for the duration of his prison sentence.


    Tucked away on a narrow, winding road in the eastern corner of Roane County is a cultural treasure that, despite its popularity with many musicians across the region, is not well know to the general public.

    The Bradbury Community Center is an entertainment venue, a talent incubator and a living museum preserving the legacy of folk, gospel and bluegrass music native to East Tennessee.

    Since 1982 musicians and music lovers have gathered in the rooms of the repurposed old school building on Buttermilk Road for concerts and informal jam sessions.

  • Pedestrian killed in Harriman

    A pedestrian was struck and killed while crossing South Roane Street near Old Valley Road on Monday evening.

    Johhny Laymance, 52, of 309 Childs Road, Harriman, was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center by ambulance.

    He was pronounced dead when he arrived at the Knoxville hospital.

    According to Harriman Police Department reports, police were dispatched to the scene and first met with the driver, John Griffith of Tupelo, Miss. Griffith told police he was traveling northbound in his Chevrolet Silverado in the right hand lane.

  • 5 up for Council seats in Kingston, Rockwood Nov. 8

    Election petitions have been turned in for City Council races in Rockwood, Kingston and Oliver Springs, with only two of the three being contested.

    In Rockwood, three seats are up for election, and are spots currently held by Vice Mayor Jason Jolly, Mike Freeman and Jane Long.

    Freeman and Long declined to run, and Jolly has filed his petition for re-election.

    Also running are Mike Fuller, Joe Moore, Patrick Shivers and Shane Trew.

  • Director says humidity, not mold, at Dyllis Springs

    Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said everything is fine at Dyllis Springs Elementary School, despite concerns that have been expressed about mold in the building.

    “The term mold has been tossed around,” she said Wednesday. “I can’t use that word. I know there was a humidity issue and we had to deal with that pretty rapidly, but everything is going great now.”

    Dyllis Springs, which is located on Ollis Road, is Roane County’s newest school, having opened in 2012.

  • Trial postponed for dad accused of starvation

    The state’s intent to seek life without parole for Matthew Dotson has caused a delay of his Aug. 29 trial date.

    The notice was filed on Aug. 10. Dotson responded to the notice by asking for a continuance.

    The move wasn’t opposed by the state, and the order granting the request was signed by Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton on Wednesday.

    Dotson’s trial was reset for Nov. 28. He remains free on a $100,000 bond while the case is pending.

  • Harriman busts counterfeiters

    From staff reports

    Late last month Harriman Police Department located several individuals and found counterfeit money, printers, washing material and other counterfeiting paraphernalia at a local motel.

    The case is still under investigation. No other information was available at press time.

    The department has had multiple complaints regarding counterfeit money in recent weeks.

    On Friday, Aug. 12, two men reportedly passed $1,000 in fake $100 bills.

  • 4 officers up for police chief

    The selection process is winding down for Harriman’s finance officer, judge and police chief position.

    A number of those vying for police chief worked under former chief Randy Heidle, who retired amid accusations of misconduct ranging from theft of city property to how he treated employees.

    “There are four current employees of the department who applied for the position,” said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms. “They are Jason Joseph, Dan Schneider, Brian Turner and Kent Warren.”

  • Webster Pike redistricting put off

    Students in the Webster Pike area don’t have to worry about redistricting for the time being.

    An item under old business on the Aug. 15 Roane County Board of Education agenda that called for the redistricting of that area was deferred.

    Retiring Board Member Everett Massengill asked for it to be put on this month’s agenda. When it came up during the meeting, he asked for it to be deferred.

    “We hadn’t discussed it in a committee or anything,” he said.

    The motion to defer passed 10-0.