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  • Dad’s trial in starvation case may be delayed

    Another continuance could be forthcoming in a Roane County child starvation case.

    Matthew Dotson is scheduled to go to trial on April 17. His attorney, Philip Lomonaco, has filed a motion to continue the trial.

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton held a conference call about the motion on Friday. After hearing from attorneys, Pemberton took the motion under advisement.

    “I will work on this over the weekend and will get an order to the court sometime on Monday, hopefully before the close of business,” Pemberton said.

  • Soak in Roane

    The Roane Alliance is embarking on an ambitious tourism promotion that invites visitors to absorb a wide range of the many cultural, historical and recreational opportunities Roane County has to offer.

    The Alliance kicked off the “Soak in Roane” campaign at an event held at Fort Southwest Point Wednesday that was commemorated with a salute from an 18th-century black powder cannon.

  • Harriman fire chief finalist for Ala. job

    Harriman Fire Chief David Bailey is in the running for a fire chief position in Madison, Ala.

    Bailey, who has been with the Harriman Fire Department for a bit more than a year, is one of three finalists.

    A final decision will be made early next month.

    “I love it here. I told the city manager this has nothing to do with people. We have great relationships, especially everyone in the fire department and everyone in the city,” said Bailey.

  • Plateau Park gets state aid

    The state has awarded Plateau Partnership Park a $469,350 site development grant. Gov. Bill Haslam and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced the grant last week.

    “Providing more opportunities for citizens in rural Tennessee is one of our top priorities and with the assistance of the site development grants, the rural communities receiving these grants will be ready for investment and economic success,” Haslam was quoted in a press release.

    Plateau Partnership Park was one of 18 sites around the state to receive a grant.

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  • Dumping trash from dumpster spells trouble

    Rockwood police responded to the 800 block of North Chamberlain Avenue on March 13 regarding a man acting suspicious inside a dumpster. They encountered 19-year-old Shaun Keith Smith Jr., who was reportedly throwing trash on the ground from inside the dumpster. He was cited for littering and instructed to clean up the trash he took out of the dumpster.

    That wasn’t the last encounter police would have with Smith, however. Sgt. Jason Halliburton was dispatched back to the same dumpster a few hours later.

  • Appeals court upholds Leon Houston conviction

    Leon Houston didn’t get any relief from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals this time.

    Last week a three-judge panel upheld his federal conviction for transmitting a threat via interstate commerce.

    “We affirm the judgment of the district court,” the panel said.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Isn’t it time we gave consideration for students?

    Gentle Reader, we suspect that not only every reader, but also every one who knows the least thing about the old curmudgeon knows that he is firmly opposed to the scheme to consolidate the five high schools in Roane County into one humongous assemblage of students, estimated we understand to number two thousand or more in number.

  • Remembering Kreis

    Former Oliver Springs and University of Tennessee standout and former Coalfield football coach Garry Kreis died early Monday morning after a long battle with cancer.

    Kries retired in 2008 after 30 years of coaching the Yellow Jackets, including 21 years as head coach. He finished his career with 165 wins, 18 trips to the playoffs, half-a-dozen district and region championships (1990, ‘91, ‘94, ‘95, 2005 and 2006) and another dozen Morgan County titles to his storied Tennessee coaching career. He was also an assistant at Coalfield from 1979-86.

  • Fatal fire may be accidental

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said it appears the March 16 fire at the 1147 Mountain View Road home where Jonathan Pesterfield perished appears to be accidental.

    “At this time it is what it appears to be,” said Stockton.

    Stockton said the story given by Lydia Vasquez and Joshua Cody Walker to detectives cleared up what happened.

    “Their stories matched up,” said Stockton.

    Stockton said the trio were at the vacant home to do drugs.