Local News

  • ‘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.

  • Rockwood police looking into report of sexual assault aboard school bus

    Rockwood police are investigating an alleged sexual assault that occurred on a Roane County school bus.

    According to the report, Roane County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer Greg Sims contacted Rockwood Police Department Detective Dwayne Gray about the alleged incident on April 25.

    “Deputy Sims informed me there had been a sexual assault on a student and that it had happened on school bus away from the school,” the report said.

  • OS Depot may get $100,000 boost

    Oliver Springs may get some needed help to renovate the former L&N depot.

    A $100,000 state appropriation is included in Gov. Bill Haslam’s amended budget proposal.

    This appropriation would give the town and the Oliver Springs Historical Society a hand up in renovating the depot, which houses the Oliver Springs Public Library and a small museum with historical artifacts such as railroad and mining equipment.

    That appropriation “is going to help us save that building,” said Oliver Springs Mayor Cecil Crowe.

  • Kingston library using grant for new laptops

    Kingston Public Library will be getting new laptops and technical training, thanks to a $9,900 state grant.

    “We really appreciate it. We really needed it because the laptops we have are really old,” said Kingston Public Library Director Emily Steele.

    Kingston Public Library hopes to offer computer classes, and the laptops will be a great benefit to that initiative.

  • Harriman tattoo artist’s legal woes not over

    A tattoo artist’s deal to resolve his criminal case has fallen apart.

    Joshua Argubright, who operates Ain’t Rite Ink in Harriman, was arrested on charges of sexual battery and theft of property on Aug. 29.

    The accuser is his former apprentice. She alleged Argubright sexually harassed her and refused to return her tattooing equipment after she stopped training at his shop.

  • Ohioans jailed on marijuana, other charges

    An alleged out of state drug trafficker was arrested in Rockwood Thursday.

    Police charged Ashley Nichole Bragdon with being a fugitive from justice, criminal impersonation, driving on a suspended license and manufacture, delivery or sell of marijuana.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Brandon Smith observed a gray Honda driving erratic on South Gateway Avenue. Smith stopped the car at Tedder Street and Front Avenue.

  • Rockwood borrowing for grant flexibility

    A resolution that passed the Rockwood City Council unanimously last week will give the city more cash flow flexibility when dealing with grant funding.

    Currently the city is in line to receive a number of grants totaling up to about $2.7 million that require matching funds.

    “We’re working on three grants right now,” said City Administrator Becky Ruppe.

    For example, a sidewalk project might be billed $25,000. The city would borrow the money to pay the bill and then submit the paperwork for reimbursement to the state.