Local News

  • District 7 candidates easy-going

    School board members, like anyone holding a job, can use a refreshing every now and then. 
    “It’s like anything else,” Roane County Board of Education member Everett Massengill said. “You get a little bit worn out sometimes, but you just regenerate and come back. That’s what I hope to do the next four years.”
    Massengill is running for re-election. He faces Tammy Lyle in the District 7 race.
    “We’ll just leave it up to the people, and I’m content with whatever they decide,” Lyle said.

  • VFD still waiting on ISO info

    Blair Volunteer Fire Department Chief Clarence Nelson expressed frustration about the lack of action on his community’s ISO review back in February. Fast forward five months, and Nelson is still waiting.
    “We’re waiting on ISO,” said Howie Rose, director of the Roane County Office of Emergency Services. “We’ve done all we can.”
    The issue of Blair’s ISO review came up at last week’s Roane County Fire Board meeting.

  • Assessor race dustup ‘staged,’ witness says

    Roane County property assessor candidate David Morgan has been accused of staging an incident to get some publicity.
    “What he said happened did not happen,” said Rick Cantrell, a local resident who was around when Morgan claimed he was threatened by incumbent Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham.
    “It was staged,” Cantrell said.
    Candidates and their supporters gathered near the Roane County Courthouse on Friday for the start of early voting.

  • Sewer expansion gets Kingston’s OK

    Gallaher Road Sewer Project, Version 2.0, can finally continue, Kingston City Coucil members learned at the July 10 full council session.
    At the evening’s subsequent water board meeting, council authorized a $49,400 contract with Vaughn & Melton Engineers to design sewer lines along the west side of Gallaher Road — one of the phases of the continuing plan.

  • Five women, three men charged with meth making

    Eight people were arrested after authorities discovered a meth lab South of the River on Saturday.
    A 3-year-old child was at the residence, according to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
    Jennifer Mathieu, 27; Courtney Brackins, 23; Sonya Hutson, 41; Rebecca Webb, 28; Matthew Weaver, 26; Clarence Cook, 30; Levi Burnum, 31; and Kerry Ivey, 30, are charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, child endangerment and manufacturing a controlled substance.

  • Crazy weather causes crashes

    A long-awaited break in an East Tennessee dry spell meant numerous wrecks across the region.
    One tractor-trailer accidents last week stopped interstate traffic eastbound on Interstate 40 in Roane County and other accidents that took westbound traffic to a crawl.

  • Starved boy’s dad ‘hurting,’ lawyer says

    Matthew Dotson is having a hard time emotionally over the death of his son, according to his attorney.
    “He’s hurting from the loss of his child and the additional legal weight that’s come with it,” Knoxville attorney Joseph Lodato said.
    Authorities have said a preliminary autopsy revealed that 2-year-old Clifford Dotson died of severe malnutrition. His parents, Amanda and Matthew Dotson, have been charged with first-degree murder in his death.

  • $1 VA OFFER ‘A no-brainer’

    Hundreds flocked to a Friday rally for veterans in Kingston to hear from Congressmen Chuck Fleischmann and Jeff Miller on the possibility of locating a veterans hospital in Harriman.

    Miller, a Florida Republican, is chairman of the House Veterans Affairs committee. He and Fleischmann had earlier toured the veterans clinic in Rockwood, which is temporarily closed.

    “We want to get that back open,” Fleischmann said.

  • 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.”