Local News

  • Child starvation case trial dates postponed — again

    New trial dates have been set for the parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death more than five years ago.

    Amanda Dotson’s trial is tentatively set to begin on Jan. 16, 2018. Matthew Dotson’s trial is tentatively scheduled for May 14, 2018. Multiple trial dates have been set in the case in the past, only to get postponed.

    Clifford Dotson died on May 3, 2012. Roane County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Art Wolff viewed his body at Lenoir City’s Fort Loudoun Medical Center, where Clifford was taken by Amanda Dotson.

  • License needed for adult day care

    Adult day care agencies providing care to five or more people are now required to obtain a license by the Tennessee Department of Human Services and adhere to licensing requirements.

    The new requirement began July 1 and is a result of legislation passed in 2017 which lowered the previous required licensing threshold from 10 to five adult day care participants.

    Licensed adult day care agencies must meet established standards and receive regular monitoring visits.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Carefully consider what’s at stake

    I hope a great many of our readers had the chance to peruse Wednesday’s article on school consolidation written by former Roane County school board member Earl Nall.

    The article , which takes place in the fictional future of Roane County 2029, is rather lengthy but is still available online for those who might have missed it.

    I thought the article deserved the space allotted because it brought up many issues that I have not heard discussed regarding the plan to consolidate some of the high schools in the county.

  • SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS with every stitch

    Stitch Angels show passion for helping those who serve with every lovingly knitted item.

    The group’s volunteers hand make a variety of items, such as scarves, hats and blankets, for veterans, deployed service members and wounded warriors, fulfilling their motto of “supporting our veterans with every stitch.”

    “It is really just about helping veterans. We like to do a lot of local things. We do a monthly care package oversees to a different female veteran,” said founder Jennifer Alexander.


    Not borrowing money for road projects is a cornerstone of Tennessee government.

    “In Tennessee, we don’t borrow money,” state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston, said. “It’s pay as you go.”

    Thanks to the IMPROVE Act, the state can continue that practice. The Act, which went into effect on Saturday, raises taxes on gasoline and diesel and increases the fees to register vehicles to help fund more than 900 road and bridge projects around the state.

  • Kingston police add boat to its patrol fleet

    The Kingston Police Department has another boat to patrol area waters.

    Police Chief Jim Washam said a $15,000 state grant allowed his department to purchase the 21-foot Sea Ray Laguna.

    “It’s not a new boat, but it’s a new boat to us,” Washam said.

    The Sea Ray is a 1993 model, which Washam said will replace the Hydra Sports boat his department had been using.

  • Smokin’ the Water promises fun for all

    Staff reports

    The 2017 “Smokin the “Water” Festival on the Kingston waterfront on Tuesday promises to be one of the best in a long proud history of Roane County Fourth of July celebrations.

    “We’ve brought in a lot more children’s activities, more vendors, great food and music,” said Debbie Russell, Program Coordinator for the Kingston Parks and Recreation Department.

  • Kingston drone will be flying over this year’s Smokin’ the Water event

    The Kingston Police Department can keep an eye on things from high above now with its DJI Phantom 4 drone.

    Officer Alex French recently received his Federal Aviation Administration certification to operate the flying device for the department.

    “Anybody can go out here and buy one and they’re good to go, but we have to be certified on it,” Police Chief Jim Washam said. “It’s just like your weapon, your chemical agent, whatever we do we have to be certified on it. That’s the same way with the drone.”

  • Driver in fatal crash on drugs

    The woman charged in a deadly car crash reportedly tested positive for drugs.

    Crystal D. Rogers was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on June 19 for vehicular homicide – intoxication, vehicular homicide by recklessness, two counts of vehicular assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, DUI and child endangerment.

    Laura Carmley, a 25-year-old Philadelphia resident, was killed in the Oct. 9, 2016, wreck.

  • Eight arrested for getting high with a juvenile

    Eight adults are facing charges for allegedly smoking marijuana with a juvenile Thursday morning.

    According to the report, officers happened upon the 1:30 a.m. cannabis social while responding to a noise complaint at an apartment on South Third St.

    “As officers approached the open door, officers could smell a strong odor commonly associated with marijuana coming from the apartment,” the report said.