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  • 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.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: A trotline runs through it

    “In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing. We lived at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana, and our father was a Presbyterian minister and a fly fisherman who tied his own flies and taught others. He told us about Christ’s disciples being fishermen, and we were left to assume, as my brother and I did, that all first-class fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly fishermen and that John, the favorite, was a dry-fly fisherman.”

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Editor’s note: While we’re all making our Thanksgiving menu preparations, we thought we’d ask some experts for new and unique ways to prepare the centerpiece of Thursday’s meal. You are, of course, welcome to stick to traditional methods of preparing your turkey. A special thanks to Midtown Elementary Principal Kendra Inman, first-grade teachers Lauren Simpson and Kayla Wadlington and their students for helping with this project. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Dalaina: First you put it in the oven, then take it out and cut it up, and then you eat it.

  • $2 million in grants to aid Rockwood

    Rockwood has been the recipient of several recent grants which gives the city more than $2 million.

    The grants will serve to update, repair and construct various projects in and around the city.

    Two of the grants will help rehabilitate homes in need of repair, which ties in with Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller’s goal of ridding Rockwood of unsightly and dilapidated properties.

    Required matching funds of about $369,000 equates to about 85 percent in grant funds and a 15 percent match.

    The grants include:

  • Oh, deer!

    With Swan Pond Baptist Church in the background, one of nature’s more docile creatures takes a leisurely afternoon stroll in the shadow of TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.