Local News

  • Two hurt in Rockwood shooting

    Rockwood police were investigating a shooting Tuesday morning.

    “We have two subjects who were injured,” said Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett.

    The identities of the two white males involved were not known at press time Tuesday.

    The police chief said one suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen while the other had either a gunshot or knife wound to the hand.

    Both were taken by ambulance to an area hospital.

  • 18-year-old charged with sex crime on school bus

    The Rockwood teen accused of sexually assaulting another student on a Roane County school bus was arrested on Friday.

    Guy William Hart, 18, is charged with sexual battery. The alleged crime occurred on April 19.

    A report filed in the case said the alleged victim had to sit beside Hart on the school bus because it was full.

    Hart is accused of touching her inappropriately multiple times during the ride.

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  • McCarroll killer at large a year later

    More than a year later, authorities are still searching for answers in the killing of Harriman native Jerry Lynn “Pete” McCarroll.

    “Tips have come in,” Ninth Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Monday. “We still care about finding the missing pieces of the puzzle. We have met with the family [several times] to update them, but have not found any one suspect.”

    McCarroll, 72, lived in neighboring Coalfield with his wife, Erma, up until his April 18, 2016, killing.

  • Brown determined to break cycle

    The latest Roane County Recovery Court graduate is continuing his work to stay sober after graduation.

    Dillon Brown graduated late last month, and he’s now off to True Purpose in Indiana to continue treatment.

    “Honestly at first I wasn’t going to try it (drug court.) My grand scheme was to skip the state. I had never tried to get sober all my life. I felt I ought to try it at least,” said Brown.

    One of his biggest advocates was his attorney Will Wooten.

  • Harriman police burglary sting nabs seven

    Harriman Police Department netted seven arrests in an operation to find suspects behind a rash of burglaries between March 23-April 3.

    “We realized it was serial burglaries and it was connected to several parts of our town,” said Detective Sgt. Kent Warren about the operation, which police dubbed “Cash Me Outside.”

    “They were targeting outbuildings and vehicles on residential property, and they stole tools, personal property in storage and lawn and garden equipment.”

  • Gunfire called ‘act of intimidation’

    The terrifying sound of gunfire startled residents near Roberts Street in Harriman Saturday night, but fortunately no one was hurt.

    Harriman Police Department are investigating the incident, which happened around the 200 block of Roberts Street.

    “It was some sort of argument. According to witnesses, the shots were all fired up into the air,” said Detective Kasey Mynatt.

    No shots were fired by police, who were responding to a “shots fired” call.

  • ‘I love this farm. I can’t imagine the Lord made a place that’s more beautiful’ ‘I never get tired of it’

    For 100 years, the family of Harlan Thomas has been running a farm off Bowman Bend Road in Roane County.

    “I love this farm. I can’t imagine the Lord made a place that’s more beautiful. I never get tired of it,” Thomas said.

    Back in 1917, Thomas’ great-grandfather on his mother’s side purchased 400 acres of land near Bowman Bend. The land was used to raise cattle, strawberries and hay.

    Today, just 33 acres of the land is used by the Thomas family for raising about 15 head of cattle.

  • Experts won’t sign on Dotson defense

    Another hearing was held in the child starvation case last week, and the uncertainty about when Matthew Dotson and Amanda Dotson will go to trial remains.

    Both face first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse charges for allegedly starving their 2-year-old son to death.
    Clifford Dotson died on May 3, 2012. Wednesday will mark five years since his death.

    The case against his parents has been pending in Roane County Criminal Court for nearly as long.    

  • Recreation for seniors top Harriman’s priority list

    Harriman continues a focus on recreation this year, with upgrading facilities and opportunities for seniors among the objectives that came out of the city’s strategic planning session this weekend.

    “I’d like to see a major investment in our recreation facilities, upgrades, repairs, maintenance,” said Councilman Sam Russell.

    Russell, who is a coach for Harriman Middle School baseball, is big on athletics, even serving on the recreation advisory committee before becoming a council member.