Today's News

  • Dad accused of starving son trial delayed again

    Did 2-year-old Clifford Dotson have a genetic disorder?

    That question is serious enough that Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton saw fit to grant a defense motion for a continuance in Matthew Dotson’s murder trial, which was scheduled to start Monday, Nov. 28, in Roane County Criminal Court.

    A new trial date has not been set.

    Clifford died on May 3, 2012. Authorities have accused his parents, Matthew and Amanda Dotson, of starving him to death.

    They face first-degree murder and other charges in the case.


    Ecstatic Bowers Elementary students got a treat just like their teachers last week.

    Bowers second-grade teachers were granted a reprieve from recess duty when they raised the most money for United Way in the school.

    That’s when Harriman Police Department, led by Chief Derek Pacifico, happily filled in, even joining the kids on the playground.

    “You got to remember that most cops don’t get invited to the party where everything is safe and no one is causing a problem,” Pacifico said.

  • GLIMPSES: Presumed mandates and the consequences

    By Mark Banker

    Since the presidential election, politicians and pundits have debated a question that is at once ironic and predictable: Did Donald Trump win a mandate?

    The irony is that in the American lexicon, “mandate” means a “command from the people” to carry out an agenda.

    Set aside that Trump lost the popular vote by a million ballots and that in the Republican primaries he never won a majority in any state.

  • Kingston smashes Sweetwater for 2 wins

    The Kingston basketball teams earned the Thanksgiving weekend off by sweeping the Sweetwater teams Tuesday night, as the Lady Jackets beat the Lady Wildcats 73-56 and Yellow Jackets defeated the  Wildcats 55-59.
    Kingston 73, Sweetwater 56: "Our defense created some baskets. We played very unselfishly," said Lady Jacket Coach Connie Guinn, whose was proficient on both ends of the floor, hitting 29-of-59 from the floor, including 11-of-24 from 3-point range and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line, while forcing 22 turnovers, including 14 steals.

  • Bingham’s buzzer beater helps Harriman split with Oakdale

    The Harriman basketball teams  split a pair of region games at Oakdale Tuesday evening in Oakdale, as the Lady Eagles defeated the Lady Devils 50-32, while the Blue Devils edged the Eagles 58-56 on Hayden Bingham's buzzer beater.
    Oakdale 50, Harriman 32: Harriman (1-1) did a great job in the first half, as they battled with the evenly-matched Lady Eagles (1-2), trailing by one point at the half (21-20); however, the deficit grew in the second, as the Lady Eagles outscored Harriman 29-12 for the victory.

  • Rockwood wins Tigers vs. Tigers battle

    The Rockwood basketball teams opened the season sweeping a pair of games with Sunbright in a Tigers vs. Tigers battle, with the rematch coming Tuesday night in Rockwood, after the RHS boys won 60-37 and the Rockwood girls won 42-39.
    This was the first win for the Rockwood boys, while the Rockwood girls improved to 3-0.
    Rockwood 60, Sunbright 37: Rockwood led 19-8 after one quarter, as Matthew Thompson 12 points, including three 3-point baskets. Josh Langley had a trey for Sunbright.

  • Pickett County mauls ‘Cats

    The Pickett County Tigers outscored the entire Oliver Springs Bobcats basketball squad on Tuesday night on 3-point shots alone, draining 12 of them in route to a 76-35 win., after OS beat Berean Christian 72-48 Monday.
    Oliver Springs battled tooth and nail in the early stages of the first period, only trailing 10-8 before an 8-0 surge by the Tigers to close out the opening period gave Pickett County the early 18-8 lead.

  • Spring City Middle School Bulldogs bite Harriman

    The Harriman Middle School basketball teams hosted the Spring City teams Monday night before starting their Thanksgiving vacation on Wednesday; however the Lady Devils were beaten by the Lady Bulldogs 30-14 and the Blue Devils lost a close one, 49-46, to the Bulldogs.
    Spring City 30, Harriman 14: The Lady Devils have struggled with slow starts this season, but that wasn't the case Monday.
    Harriman was led in scoring by Sydney McCullum's 4 points.

  • Cherokee Middle School football team, Rockwood/Midway soccer team recognized by Board of Education
  • Karate students bring home awards from Crossville