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  • Haunted Hospital clown cleared of felony charge

    The man accused of groping a teen during a Halloween event two years ago settled his criminal case earlier this year.

    Larry Benton Davis volunteered at the Harriman Fire Department’s Haunted Hospital event at the old Roane Medical Center in 2015.

    He wore a clown costume and said it was his job to greet people.

    A woman claimed to police that Benton groped her and her teenage granddaughter.

    On June 20, 2016, the Roane County grand jury indicted Benton for felony aggravated sexual battery and misdemeanor assault.

  • Correction

    The 1,000 turkeys the Kingston Police Department will give away for the Thanksgiving Food Drive with Hands of Mercy will require about $12,900 in donations — or about $12 per bird.

  • Rockwood men arrested in strong-arm robbery

    Two Rockwood men have been arrested on charges related to a weekend strong-arm robbery in Harriman.

    Authorities have identified the 19-year-old men as Jordan Crabtree and Austin Kane Penley. As of late Tuesday afternoon, Crabtree was in custody at the Roane County Jail, while authorities were en route to Kingston with Penley to book him into custody.

  • Man accused of having over 100 sex images of juvenile

    Rodney Lee Foland, a 32-year-old Rockwood man, was indicted twice by the Roane County grand jury earlier this month.

    In one case Foland is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.

    He allegedly possessed more than 100 images of a minor engaged in sexual activity on Sept. 29.

    Foland is charged with aggravated assault, vandalism and resisting arrest in the second case.

    The charges stem from an incident that occurred on June 12, 2016.

    The alleged victim on the aggravated assault and vandalism charges is his father, Charles.

  • Watch out for masked marauders
  • 288 in starvation mom’s jury pool

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton continues to work to try and bring the Clifford Dotson starvation case to trial.

    In June of 2012, Clifford’s parents, Matthew and Amanda Dotson, were charged with murder in his death. Countless hearings have been held in the case the last five plus years with the most recent occurring Friday at the Roane County Courthouse.

    One of the issues discussed was the jury pool for Amanda Dotson’s trial, which is tentatively set to begin on Jan. 16. The 12 jurors that will decide the case could come from a pool of 288 people.

  • Man found with teen girl, meth, syringes

    A man found with a female teen in her car had meth in his possession according to Rockwood police.

    Matthew Thomas Driggers, 32, is now facing charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia and manufacture, delivery, sell of schedule II. He was arrested on Oct. 24.

    According to the report, Rockwood police responded to Oak Grove Cemetery to investigate why a vehicle was backed up to the woods with its lights off.

  • Kingston police ups drive ante to 1,000 Thanksgiving meals

    The Kingston Police Department has raised the bar for its annual Thanksgiving food drive with Hands of Mercy.

    “This is going to be our biggest food drive ever,” said Police Chief Jim Washam.

    After managing the distribution of thousands of Thanksgiving food baskets to those in need over the past 13 years, Washam said he decided to challenge his department and supporters in the community to serve even more.

    The goal this year is to distribute 1,000 meals, up from 780 meals last year.

  • Fighting the FLU