Local News

  • 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.”

  • Early voters keep things hopping at the courthouse

    It was a busy Friday at the Roane County Courthouse.

    The hub of the county’s government is hopping most days. Friday, though, brought folks into Kingston to exercise their right to vote in the first day of early voting.

    “I don’t think we expected it to be quite this busy,” said Holly Cromwell of the Election Commission Office during a temporary break Friday afternoon. “I’m glad it is, though.”

  • Harriman budget OK’d with raises, no tax increase

    It’s official: the city of Harriman has a budget for 2012-13.

    Harriman City Council approved the budget on final reading late last month. No property tax increase and 2-percent employee pay raises are the most notable aspects of the budget, which includes very few bells and whistles in the projected $7.9 million revenue budget with appropriations of $7.1 million.

    One thing left partially funded was the city coordinator position, left vacant when Bob Tidwell retired. He’s staying on part time to help finish out grant projects he began.