Local News

  • Change of venue sought

    A defense motion for a change of venue was discussed during a hearing on July 6 in a Roane County child starvation case from 2012.

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton is expected to give his decision on the motion this week.

    Matthew and Amanda Dotson face first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse charges in the death of their 2-year-old son Clifford.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Art Wolff said preliminary autopsy results showed that Clifford died of severe malnutrition.

  • Harriman Wendy’s among those hit by massive breach


    Harriman’s Wendy’s Restaurant was one of a number of the fast food chains impacted by malware that allowed hackers to steal debit and credit card data from customers.

    According to Wendy’s website, customers who purchased items with payment cards at the Harriman restaurant between Jan. 13 and June 8 may have had their information compromised.

  • High winds hit Kingston solar farm

    A Thursday evening storm that blew through Kingston damaged the solar farm behind the city’s water plant.

    Several panels were strewn around the farm, and the frames holding up others were bent.

    “That took a lot of wind to pick that up and twist it like that,” City Manager David Bolling said Friday.

    Bolling, Kingston Mayor Tim Neal and City Councilman Don White were at the plant Friday morning assessing the damage.

  • Momentum slow on November city races

    Municipal elections in Oliver Springs, Kingston and Rockwood will all coincide with the presidential election this year.

    It is the first time for the municipalities to hold elections on the same day as the presidential one, and was chosen as a cost-saving measure. Harriman’s city elections coincide with the August county elections.

    The first day to pick up petitions for the Nov. 8 ballot was May 20, and candidates have until noon Aug. 18 to return them, said officials with the Roane County Election Commission.

  • State Supreme Court to hear McFarland judge appeal in September

    The Tennessee Supreme Court plans to hear Tom McFarland’s appeal of his election complaint on Sept. 8 at the appellate court building in Knoxville.

    McFarland lost to Mike Pemberton in the 2014 race for circuit court judge of the 9th Judicial District.

    Afterward, McFarland filed a complaint in Roane County Chancery Court against Pemberton, the Roane County Election Commission and Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins.

    McFarland appealed to the Supreme Court after two lower courts tossed out his complaint.

  • Woman found guilty of purse theft at church on Easter Sunday

    A woman was convicted of felony theft in Roane County Criminal Court on Thursday.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said the jury took less than an hour to find Cortney Armour guilty.

    She’s scheduled to be sentenced later this year.

    “We got a conviction for what we charged, so that’s always good,” Edwards said.

    The incident happened on Easter Sunday 2014 at Emory Heights Baptist Church in Harriman.

    Edwards said the victim, Shirley Bullard, had her purse stolen by Armour.

  • Smoot attorney files notice for expert witness

    Assistant District Attorney General Tiffany Smith accused defense attorney Bob Jolley of trying to delay his client’s upcoming murder trial without actually asking for one.

    Jolley, who represents Shawn Smoot, filed a notice of intent to use an expert witness. Smith said her office didn’t receive the notice until late Thursday.

    “They’ve known for a year — over a year — that they may be using this person, and they wait until now to file the notice,” Smith told Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks on Friday.

  • Pair charged in crash

    An Oak Ridge driver and his passenger were arrested following a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 on July 4. It happened at the 352 mile marker.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 32-year-old Artaveus D. Dawson was behind the wheel of a 2005 Mercedes-Benz that wrecked shortly before midnight.

  • Rockwood bridge completed, to open soon

    The Manufacturers Road bridge to the Roane County Animal Shelter appears complete, and it should be open again soon.

    “We are going to try to have a ribbon cutting one day next week, if possible,” said Rockwood City Recorder Becky Ruppe.

    “Even though it is done, the concrete has to cure a few more days,” she added.

    The intersection of Manufacturers Road has been closed since this spring, when the replacement of the bridge began.

  • Officially retired from Oliver Springs