Local News

  • 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.

  • State says decertify Roane jail

    The county’s latest jail inspection didn’t go any better than the one that occurred in May.
    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said the jail inspector recommended the jail, open less than four years, be decertified.
    Stockton said the reason cited by the jail inspector last week was overcrowding.

  • Lawsuits for Pinnacle Point still on

    The ongoing litigation over the Pinnacle Pointe development sparked a passionate debate last week amongst Harriman councilmen and city attorney Harold Balcom.

    Councilman J.D. Sampson had put discussion about the litigation on last week’s City Council agenda with the intention of making a motion to approach developers Steve Kirkham and Jerry Duncan about mutually dropping their lawsuits.

  • Vote on budget set today

    Roane County Commission is set to vote today – Monday – on the county’s no-tax-increase budget.
    The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the courthouse in Kingston.
    The county’s current property tax rate is $2.18 per $100 valuation. The Roane County Board of Education is requesting an increase of 14 cents to make up a $1.582 million shortfall. The commission’s budget committee is recommending that the tax rate remain at $2.18.

  • Blame it on the rain

    After a promising sunny launch to last week’s return of the boat races in Kingston, down came the rain and washed the town’s premier Fourth of July festivities out.
    While the holiday itself is a memory, officials still plan to celebrate Independence Day the Kingston way this Saturday.
    Music, children’s games,  food and craft vendors, a car show, watermelon-eating contest and the homemade raft race will be a daylong affair along Kingston’s waterfront, with the traditional fireworks show ending activities with a bang.

  • Rocky changes heart

    Twenty years ago. Maybe even longer.
    That’s how long Knoxville attorney John Eldridge said it’s been since he represented Leon Houston in a civil matter.
    “I didn’t know that,” U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. said. “I apologize.”
    Shirley had asked Eldridge to come to the federal courthouse in Knoxville on Wednesday with the intention of appointing him to represent Leon Houston’s brother, Rocky, who faces 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.