Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: What did Emancipation Proclamation really do?

    We concluded last week’s column with this paragraph: We have begun to wonder just exactly where these personal purism campaigns will stop. Certainly George Washington couldn’t pass muster. He was a slave owner of some magnitude, and that, if nothing else, should get him out of our pantheon of heroes, and off the $1 bill. Of course the passionate personal purists would find fault with Mother Teresa and Saint Francis. But, as we said before, if they have their way, it will simplify the study of history; there won’t be any left.

  • New charges in starved child case

    Matthew and Amanda Dotson, the parents accused in the starvation death of their toddler son, face more legal trouble.

    Originally they were charged with one count of first-degree murder.

    However, the Roane County grand jury returned a superseding indictment against them last month. The Dotsons now face three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated child abuse in the case.

  • Learning to get in step
  • Another teen escapes Roane Academy

    Roane Academy, a juvenile treatment facility for boys in the Roane County Industrial Park, had another escape on Monday.

    “A van was pulling in the facility there,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said. “As the people were getting out, the juvenile just walked away from the facility.”

    Phillips said the juvenile later surrendered to an off-duty sheriff’s deputy who lives in the Rockwood area.

  • Second man dies after fatal Philadelphia highway accident

    Another person involved in a July 2 fatal wreck in Roane County has died. Ronald Joe Miller passed away on July 9 at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. He was 67.

  • Safer downtown crossings on tap

    Pedestrians now have a better idea whether it’s safe to cross the road at the intersection of Roane and Georgia streets in downtown Harriman.

    The Harriman Utility Board has replaced the “walk/don’t walk signs” with improved versions at that intersection.

    HUB will also be doing traffic signal work at other intersections soon.

    “The two intersections being changed are at Webster Road and the intersection at Emory and Roane just past the Sonic,” said HUB manager Bill Young.

  • Roane State’s Boynton dies

    A former Roane State basketball player who came back to volunteer as an assistant coach died unexpectedly last week.

    Jerry Thomas Boynton Jr., 41, of Rockwood, and formerly of the Chattanooga area, died July 6. He leaves behind two daughters.

    Coach Randy Nesbit was surprised by his death. He said Boynton had struggled with health issues, including a problem with chronic blood clots.

  • Patriotic park art sparks interest

    A hand-drawn bit of patriotism appeared on the basketball court at Roane County Park last week.

    The striking blends of red, white and blue took Casey Milliken only an afternoon to create.

    Milliken, of Rockwood, didn’t set out to make a powerful piece. She was just spending time with her family at the park. Milliken met with her cousin, Charles Evans and his daughters, Kyra and Keira.

    “I told him to pick up some sidewalk chalk,” Milliken said.


    Roll-call votes go by alphabetical order, so Roane County Commissioner David Bell got to voice his position first Monday night on the resolution setting the budget appropriations for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

    He voted “yes,” and seven other commissioners did likewise, which allowed the resolution to pass by an 8-7 vote.

    The packed commission room let out a round of applause after the votes were tallied.

  • Out to Lunch: Not Watson’s conjures memories, and the food’s awesome

    It’s been a couple years since my wife, Carol, and I had an “Out to Lunch” adventure in Downtown Knoxville (Old City) and historic Market Square.

    On our latest adventure, our South Knoxville furniture friends, Mickey and Jerry Pease, met us at Not Watson’s Kitchen + Bar, 15 Market Square. They have been on several of our “Out To Lunch” adventures.

    All of us remember visiting Watson Department Store, particularly the “bargain basement,” in the late ’50s and ’60s.