Local News

  • THP busts fugitive, driver on drug charges

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol drug fund got a boost this month, thanks to an out-of-state fugitive Trooper Robert Woody arrested in Roane County.

    Reonoppolis D. Taylor was a passenger in a 2002 Ford Explorer that Woody stopped on Interstate 40 on Nov. 5. Digital scales, methamphetamine, rubber bands, a spoon with burn marks and a drug needle were reportedly found in the vehicle. Taylor also had $1,015 in cash in his front pocket.  

  • Puckett sentencing reset for Oct. 2017

    It could be next fall before a Kingston woman finds out how much time she’ll have to spend in federal prison for her role in a pill mill case.

    Stephanie Puckett pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone last year.

    She was scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 13, but the hearing was reset on Monday to Oct. 10, 2017.

    According to court records, Puckett worked at several pain clinics in and around Knoxville from mid-2012 to March 2015.

  • Baby Kayden’s inoperable brain tumor robbed Christophers of hope, but medicine and miracles turn to milestones and HAPPY HOLIDAYS

    When Kayden Christopher was first diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, his family had little hope for his future.

    Today, thanks to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, they had a big reason to count their blessings this holiday season.

    Matt Christopher said his 15-month-old son’s tumor, while still inoperable because of its location, has shrunk thanks to powerful chemotherapy treatment at the famous hospital in Memphis.

  • Rosado now in prison

    After spending nearly 14 months at the Roane County Jail, Tammy Rosado was moved to a state prison earlier this month to finish out her five-year sentence on a voluntary manslaughter conviction.

    “I’m glad,” Ashley Griffith said.

    Rosado shot Griffith’s father, James Cobb, on April 4, 2012. He died a few days later at a hospital.     

    Rosado, who had been in a romantic relationship with Cobb, was charged with second-degree murder.

  • ‘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.