Today's News

  • Aytes getting lower salary, short contract

    The Roane County Board of Education approved a contract for new Director of Schools Gary Aytes at last week’s meeting.

    Aytes will take over for retiring director Toni McGriff on July 1.

    His contract is only for two years. McGriff, by comparison, started with a four-year contract when she was hired in 2005.  

    The board does have the option to grant Aytes an extension before the contract expires on June 30, 2014.

    “It’s fine with me,” Aytes said about his contract.

  • Dad of tot says he was rarely home

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office has released more information about the death of 2-year-old Clifford Dotson.

    Clifford lived with his parents, Amanda and Matthew Dotson, at 180 Lerchen Road in East Roane County.

    According to an incident report, an officer was dispatched to the address at 4:47 a.m. May 3 to investigate a suspicious death.

    “Fort Loudoun hospital in Lenoir City called in that Amanda Dotson had come to the hospital with a dead child,” the report said.

  • Change a common theme among state House candidates

    Room C of Kingston Community Center was packed full of folks from both sides of the political spectrum as candidates for Tennessee House of Representatives sounded off Thursday during a Roane County Tea Party forum.

    Members of the group were concerned about each of the candidates’ stands on the issues — and they were ready with opinions of their own.

  • Harriman, Princess honored

    The city of Harriman and the Princess Theatre Partnership received the Preservation Award during the East Tennessee Historical Society’s annual Awards of Excellence presentation.

    “We commend the city of Harriman for its vision and commitment to preserving the Princess Theatre,” said Society director Cherel Henderson.

    “The success of the project demonstrates the importance of history and sense of place in creating character for a town.”

  • Harriman Happenings: May 21

    Congratulations to Dale Fuqua, who took classes at Roane State Community College to become a certified EKG technician. Phlebotomy for Healthcare Professional Certified and will be taking the National American Medical Technologist exam in June. Much success to you, Dale.

    Congratulations to Talisa Hall and Haley Goins, who graduated from Harriman High School. Haley is the daughter of Michael Goins, and Talisa is the granddaughter of Deborah Hill.

  • New leader for 278th

    By Thomas Greene, for Roane Newspapers
    In a change-of-responsibility ceremony earlier this month at Knoxville’s West High School auditorium, Command Sgt. Major Vincent S. Roach took the reins as the regimental command sergeant major of the National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

    Roach assumed the responsibility from Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Jennings of Clarksville.

  • Harriman Lions plan World’s Greatest Pancake Breakfast

    There is something in the Southern character that seeks good food and fellowship in roughly equal portions.

    Harriman Lions Club will provide both this weekend during its fundraiser, The World’s Greatest Pancake Breakfast.

    The breakfast will be from 7 to 11:30 a.m. May 26 in Harriman Diner on Roane Street.

  • Arrests: April 27-May 10, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    April 27 — Timothy Alan Brown, 44, 265 Clinton St., Harriman: theft $1,000 but less $10,000. Bond $2,000; court date June 25.

    • Kimberly Jayne Doss, 37, DUI. Bond $1,000; court date Aug. 6.

    • Ashley Barbara Dyer, 29, 188 Kring Hollow Road, Harriman: driving on revoked/suspended license. Bond $1,000; court date June 25.

  • Property Transfers: March 14-27, 2012

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse March 14-27:

    From Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co. to Brian Eads by deed, Dist. 1, city of Harriman, Lot 606, $12,799.

    From Eric Bryan Bannon to Sarah Giles Bannon by quit-claim deed, Dist. 1, Ladd Estates, Lot 52 and 53, $50.

    From Dennis Boyd McElhaney, Dennis Bo McElhaney and Dennis B. McElhaney to Dennis Bryon McElhaney by quit-claim deed, Dist. 5, 3 parcels Black Creek Road, $0.

  • Association applauds Roane State’s Feltner

    Karen Feltner, director of Roane State Community College’s Health Information Technology program, received a 2011-12 Mentor/Educator Award from the Tennessee Health Information Management Association.

    According to the association, the award “recognizes individuals who have long records of encouraging students or colleagues to become all they can be and who have helped them find ways to achieve their best.”