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  • Starved tot’s dad released on bond

    One Dotson parent is out of jail. The other could be soon.

    Matthew and Amanda Dotson are charged with first-degree murder in the death of their 2-year-old son Clifford.  

    The Dotsons were booked into the Roane County Jail on June 19 after they were indicted by the Roane County grand jury.

    Matthew Dotson, 27, was released from jail on a $100,000 bond on June 29.

    Amanda Dotson, 25, was still in custody on a $100,000 bond Friday, according to jail records.

  • Sheriff investigating ex-coach’s relationship

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said late last week school resource officer Jon French is looking into allegations that former Harriman High School boys basketball coach Jeff King had an inappropriate relationship with a student.

    “The girl was a juvenile when these alleged offenses occurred, and she got arrested as an adult,” Stockton said late Thursday. “She got arrested for breaking into his house is what I understand.”

  • Early voters keep things hopping at the courthouse

    It was a busy Friday at the Roane County Courthouse.

    The hub of the county’s government is hopping most days. Friday, though, brought folks into Kingston to exercise their right to vote in the first day of early voting.

    “I don’t think we expected it to be quite this busy,” said Holly Cromwell of the Election Commission Office during a temporary break Friday afternoon. “I’m glad it is, though.”

  • Harriman budget OK’d with raises, no tax increase

    It’s official: the city of Harriman has a budget for 2012-13.

    Harriman City Council approved the budget on final reading late last month. No property tax increase and 2-percent employee pay raises are the most notable aspects of the budget, which includes very few bells and whistles in the projected $7.9 million revenue budget with appropriations of $7.1 million.

    One thing left partially funded was the city coordinator position, left vacant when Bob Tidwell retired. He’s staying on part time to help finish out grant projects he began.

  • Accused killer out on bond

    Eric Glenn Gallaher was released from the Roane County Jail at 12:25 p.m. on Friday.
    Gallaher, 32, was charged with reckless homicide last July for allegedly killing David Harvey outside the Grill & Pub near Harriman.

    Gallaher was released from jail on July 25, 2011, on a $50,000 bond.

    The bond was later revoked because of a DUI arrest in Knox County, and Gallaher was returned to jail on Nov. 3, 2011.

    Gallaher’s lawyer, Donice Butler, made a motion to have his $50,000 bond reinstated.

  • RSCC president search not as open

    The search for the next president of Roane State Community College will be markedly different than ones in years past.
    It’s the first presidential search for the Tennessee Board of Regents under a new state law requiring the names of applicants to be confidential until the naming of finalists to be interviewed for the position.
    Chancellor John Morgan hopes it will encourage a broader reach on potential candidates leery of putting their name out there for fear it might damage relationships with their current employers.

  • Former student charged in break-in

    A former student at Harriman High School has been charged with breaking into the home of former Harriman boys basketball coach Jeff King.
    Courtney Marie Thomas was charged with aggravated burglary on June 3, one day after her 18th birthday.
    According to an affidavit filed in Monroe County General Sessions Court, police responded to King’s residence at 404 Ashbury Circle, Sweetwater, in reference to a burglary in progress.

  • County approves 2-percent raises

    The Roane County Commission approved the budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year on Monday.
    The budget keeps property tax rates the same and includes a 2 percent raise for county employees.
    “We wish it was more, but we’re glad for the employees,” County Executive Ron Woody said. “The commission also added $10 more per pay period to their 401(k) if they want to match it, which is a long-term benefit for the employees.”
    Woody said there’s also no money being borrowed to fund the budget.

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