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  • Man tries to break into jail

    Most people want out of jail.
    Benjamin Heath Clark apparently wanted in Wednesday morning.
    At approximately 2 a.m., Kingston police were dispatched to the Roane County Jail on Third Street about a possible drunk person.
    “Upon arrival, I found Mr. Clark standing at the exit door of the RCSO (Roane County Sheriff’s Office), and had been trying to get in the jail side door,” Kingston Officer Roy Montgomery wrote in his report.

  • Hit Watts Bar Lake with Louie Buoy

    “Louie Buoy” is the winning name for the Roane County Visitors Bureau’s new “buoy” character created to help promote Watts Bar Lake.
    The whimsical character is the first in a line of “weebul peepul” (or WBL PPL in chat slang) created to help promote the assets of Roane County’s Watts Bar Lake.
    The character was created by Lisa Horstman, children’s book illustrator and author.  


    Commissioners unanimously agreed Monday night that the county’s property tax rate should remain the same.
    The resolution to keep the tax rate at $2.18 per $100 valuation for the 2013-14 fiscal year passed 13-0.

    “We’ve got some tough times ahead of us,” Commissioner Stanley Moore said. “That’s the reason I couldn’t vote for another tax increase.”
    Two commissioners – Bobby Collier and Steve Kelley – did not attend the meeting.

  • Nuckols OK’d for Rockwood vacancy

    James Nuckols was selected Monday to fill a vacancy on Rockwood City Council.
    Nuckols will fill the unexpired term of Bill Thompson, a first-time council member who died last month after a lengthy illness.
    “I’m just tickled to death he’s interested,” said council member Jason Jolly. “I know him and his family.”
    Nuckols, a former member of the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas board, was selected by Mayor James Watts and approved by Council members Jane Long, Jason Jolly and Pete Wright.

  • Big rain creates big problems

    A deluge of rainfall and thunderstorms over a course of several days last week and through the weekend left the ground saturated and resulted in power outages around the county.
    “Our guys have worked around the clock since Thursday,” said Tony Brown, assistant to Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson.
    “The biggest thing we had was trees falling across power lines and roads.”

    Airport Road, which was already closed because of sliding, suffered more because of the heavy rain.

  • Rocky Houston trial rescheduled

    Rocky Houston has an attorney in his federal criminal case.
    Appointing him one on Monday wasn’t easy, however.
    “If you want an attorney, I will be the one to appoint them,” U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. said.
    “I’m asking for a non-biased judge to appoint my attorney,” Houston responded.
    “I am a non-biased judge,” Shirley said. “Either I appoint you a lawyer, or there isn’t a lawyer appointed for you.”

  • New counsel for Dotson

    Criminal Court Judge Eugene Eblen allowed Joseph Lodato to withdraw as Matthew Dotson’s defense attorney on Tuesday.

    Dotson and his wife, Amanda, are charged with first-degree murder in the death of their 2-year-old son Clifford.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton said Clifford weighed around 12 pounds at the time of his death in May 2012. The sheriff’s office investigator who worked on the case said a preliminary autopsy indicated the toddler died of severe malnutrition.
    Matthew Dotson is out on bond while the case is pending.

  • Beer board votes to deny Christopher

    The Roane County Beer Board voted 4-0 on Tuesday to deny Roma L. Christopher’s application for a beer permit.

    The board heard from several people during the meeting, including Roy and Rebecca Harvey. Their son, David, was found dead outside the Grill & Pub on July 23, 2011.

    Grill & Pub owner Grover Norton had his beer permit revoked for a year on Feb. 12. The revocation came less than a month after one of his employees was cited at the bar for allegedly selling a beer to an underage informant.

  • Harriman Happenings: July 8

    My deepest sympathy is extended to Barbara West and family in the recent home going of her husband, Arthur Lee West.
    He passed Wednesday, June 26, at Spring City Care and Rehabilitation Center.
    Arthur and Barbara had been married for 54 years and are parents of two children, one, Arthur Jr., deceased.
    Services were last Wednesday, July 3.
    Their family is in our prayers.

  • Former Harriman basketball star arrested for theft

    Dimitrique Inman, a former standout basketball player at Harriman High School, was arrested for theft on July 3.
    Inman, 20, is scheduled to appear in court on the theft charge next month.
    Inman, of 210 Fritts Road, Oliver Springs, led Harriman to the District 3-A regular season and tournament titles in 2011.
    He averaged 17.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.
    He was also named the District 3-A player of the year in 2011.
    The theft charge isn’t the first of Inman’s legal troubles.