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  • More than 30 acres torched on mountain

    A roadside fire quickly spread into the wooded mountains between Harriman and Oakdale Sunday evening.

    “It started right there on the side of the road,” said Harriman Assistant Fire Chief Brad Daniels. “We are not positive what started it. Somebody probably flipped a cigarette out, more than likely.”

    Harriman and Midtown firefighters battled the blaze before the Tennessee Division of Forestry took over.

  • Rumble of Thunder Road
  • Murder trial again postponed for dad accused of starving son

    Another continuance has been granted in the murder case against Matthew Dotson.

    He was scheduled to go to trial on April 17.

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton signed the order on Monday granting the continuance to give Matthew Dotson’s lawyer more time to conduct testing and consult with experts regarding the condition of Clifford Dotson, who is the victim in the case.

    Clifford died on May 3, 2012. He was 2 years old.

  • Drill for promotion
  • Nominees sought for Leadership

    The Leadership Roane County selection committee is now soliciting nominations for the 2018 Leadership class.

    Leadership Roane County was designed in 1985 to help develop and expand the leadership potential existing in Roane County.

    Over the years, it has evolved into a monthly eight-session format sponsored by the Roane County Chamber of Commerce and Roane State Community College.

    Leadership participants may be nominated by a friend, an employer, a public or private agency, a civic agency or themselves.

  • Hinds working toward Olympiad Math Team glory

    Lucas Hinds of Kingston may not seem like a traditional Olympian, but he is training hard to be one all the same.

    The nine-year-old Kingston Elementary School third-grader has his sights set on becoming the youngest person ever to make the U.S.A. Olympiad Math Team.

    He is being tutored by honors math students and professors at the University of Tennessee, who have helped him receive several math-related honors so far, including a recent competition where he won third-place in the state, and was named 17th in the nation.

  • LOSING 23,000 POUNDS

    Roane County residents should have noticed a cleaner community this week, thanks to the efforts of about 100 volunteers and employees from the Roane County Road Department, Rockwood and Kingston.

    The three-day clean up was held last Thursday, Friday and Saturday all over the county. It was sponsored by the Roane County Road Department and was held in conjunction with the National Great American Cleanup.

  • Celebrating 30 years ON THE BEAT

    Thirty years ago last Friday, Jim Washam started his law enforcement career at the Kingston Police Department.

    His decades of service to the department and his hometown didn’t go unnoticed.

    He was honored with a surprise appreciation party on his 30-year anniversary.

    “Chief, I want to say congratulations,” Mayor Tim Neal told Washam. “Putting up with the city for 30 years, I know it had to be tough.”

    Washam said the people he’s dealt with during his career have made the job easy.

  • Harriman doctor’s DUI case continued to July 10

    Harriman doctor Clary Foote’s March 20 court date came and went without a resolution.

    His case was continued to July 10.

    Foote is facing a DUI charge stemming from an April 17, 2016, traffic stop. A report filed by State Trooper Robert Woody said Foote smelled like an alcoholic beverage and had blood shot eyes. Woody said Foote also performed poorly on field sobriety tests.

  • Several school districts changing

    Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, some Roane County school districts will be adjusted to further reduce student travel time and align district boundaries more closely with home addresses. 

    Changes include:

    • Students living in areas north of Hwy. 70 from Caney Creek RV Park to the Kingston bridge will change zones from Midtown Elementary/Cherokee Middle/Roane County High to Midtown/Harriman Middle/Harriman High.