Local News

  • Child’s death from severe malnutrition

    The circumstances surrounding the death of a 2-year-old Roane County boy remain under investigation, but authorities have determined a cause of death.
    An autopsy was conducted on Clifford Dotson on Friday. Roane County Sheriff’s Office investigator Art Wolff said preliminary findings indicate the boy died of severe malnutrition. 
    Wolff said he was notified at 4:50 a.m. on May 3 that a mother had taken a toddler to Fort Loudoun Medical Center in Lenoir City.
    Wolff said the toddler was dead on arrival.

  • Hear music, support fireworks in Kingston

    Kingston parks and recreation department is hosting the Battle of the Bands fundraiser Friday adjacent to Byrd Field. The event, located at 1150 Sevier Perry Road, will begin at 6 p.m. and will help pay for programs on July 4 and for the Kingston Country Fair.
    Interested bands of any genre are encouraged to enter. The only requirement is that bands cannot have a CD that they are marketing.

  • United Way has Fun Day at RSCC

    Roane County United Way’s fourth annual “Family Fun Day” will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Roane State Community College.
    “We invite folks to come out and show their support to the dedicated and hardworking organizations that help meet the needs of our community with the many resources and services that they offer,” said Amy Harmon, United Way executive director.

  • OS kids target county needs

    Students at Oliver Springs High School are helping save the Roane County Sheriff’s Office some money.

    The principles of manufacturing class is finishing up on constructing moveable targets for the sheriff’s office to use at its new range.

    School Resource Officer Steve Sanders was speaking to one of the lieutenants when the proposition came up to purchase moveable targets to go along with their permanently placed targets.

  • It’s time to celebrate tasty weed

    The organizers of the Polk Salad Festival in Harriman pride themselves on the event’s country fair feel.

    This year they’ve added two new old-time contests to the event on Saturday, May 12: a cross-cut saw competition and log toss.

    The cross-cutting contest will be where there is “one guy on both sides of the log cutting back and forth,” said David Webb.

  • Pig-smoochin’ encouraged here


    The Roane County Leadership Class of 2012 will be sponsoring a “Kiss the Pig” event at the Polk Salad Festival in Harriman May 12 to raise funds for a community service clearinghouse coming to Roane County.

    “The concept of a clearinghouse is an agency that will connect all of society together,” said volunteer and leadership class participant Jenny Tippens. “We’ve got the nonprofits, education, government, and faith-based community to where we’re truly connecting the need of the county to the resources.”

  • Aytes chosen to lead Roane schools

    The Roane County Board of Education left no doubt about who it wanted to become the next director of schools, unanimously selecting Gary Aytes during a Thursday special-called meeting that lasted about five minutes.

    “I think he deserves the opportunity,” Mike “Brillo” Miller said. “I think he’ll do a good job for our school system, and I’m tickled to death to be able to vote for Mr. Aytes.”

    The job opening attracted applicants from Florida to Massachusetts.

  • Kingston going for 9-cent hike on land tax rate

    If Kingston City Council approves the budget it revised in a Thursday workshop, it could cost city property owners less than originally anticipated.

    The budget that council members will set to a vote at the May 8 meeting doesn’t look a whole lot different from the one City Manager Jim Pinkerton originally presented in April.

    The biggest difference is the proposed property tax rate increase is 3 cents less than originally planned.

  • State grant big help in restoring historic Temperance Building

    One of the biggest concerns facing the Harriman Temperance Building has been stabilization.

    With the help of $25,000 in grant funds from the Tennessee Historical Commission, it will soon be dealt with.

    Gov. Bill Haslam announced last week that Harriman is one of 28 communities that grants to “support the preservation of historic and archaeological sites, districts and structures.”

    “It is the cornerstone of Harriman,” said Mike Demyanovich, a member of the Temperance Building preservation committee.

  • GOP candidate says Dem votes part of the past

    Kent Calfee is running as a Republican.

    However, if you look at his voting record you see a lot of “D’s” because he voted as a Democrat in the past.

    “A lot of people have changed parties over the years,” Calfee said. “Ronald Reagan did.”

    Calfee also invoked the name of  Chris Devaney, chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party, when questioned about his Republican legitimacy.