Today's News


    Roane County Commission’s Jail Study Committee voted 4 to 1 Friday to recommend to the full commission authorization to fund preliminary engineering work for a jail expansion.

    The recommendation would provide $150,000 for work that would include soil investigation, land surveying and design.

    The money would come out of $850,000 that was appropriated last year for costs associated with acquisition of the Dollar General Store next door.

    The $150,000 would be deducted from the total cost of the completed project.

  • Race for trustee heats up

    Some have started to eye the trustee’s position with less than a month to go to qualify for the Aug. 2 county election.

    Two people, Bina Kirby and Chris Mason, picked up petitions for trustee last week.

    Kirby works in the trustee’s office, and Mason is the town manager for Oliver Springs.

    “I want to serve Roane County,” Mason said. “I like government.”

    The trustee’s job isn’t the only one Mason is eyeing. Last month he also picked up a petition for county executive.

  • Kes of ‘Star Trek’ fame can’t stop driving

    Jennifer Lien is having trouble abiding by the stipulations of the deal in her DUI case. 

    Lien, who played Kes on the “Star Trek: Voyager” TV series, pleaded guilty to DUI on Feb. 13. She agreed to not drive in Tennessee for one year. 

    She allegedly violated that condition at least twice in a four day span. It resulted in her being arrested for driving on a revoked license both times. 

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  • Mom accused of starving tot to stand trial in September

    Trial dates have been set again for the parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death.

    Amanda Dotson is scheduled to face a jury on Sept. 24. Matthew Dotson is scheduled to stand trial on Jan. 16, 2019.

    All trial dates are tentative. Both Dotsons have had multiple trial dates in the past that were postponed.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards sounded optimistic about the new trial dates.

    “It’s looking more likely we’re going to trial on those dates,” he said.


    Rockwood Fire Department made sure it’s ready to reach those in need with some training on their self-contained breathing apparatus and on low-angle rescue.

    Low-angle rescue is a skill used in scenarios such as reaching a car wreck at the bottom of a steep embankment.

    “It is like rope rescue, but your feet never leaves the ground,” said Fire Chief Matt Crabtree.

    “We probably have somewhere between four to six accidents a year on the highway where they go off to the point we have to have assistance getting there.”

  • Events all weekend long

    From staff reports

    Main events of Rockwood’s 150-anniversary celebration this weekend will center around Rockwood Middle School and Rockwood High School.

    Though Sunday’s free barbecue lunch, birthday cake and dignitaries and key speakers at 2:30 p.m. Sunday is the centerpiece, the celebration takes place all weekend.

    Saturday’s festivities are from 1 to 6 p.m., with music beginning at 10:30 a.m.

    The fun continues on Sunday from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

  • Brothers battle, one shot dead

    A man was shot and killed by his brother Monday night.

    The incident happened at 119 Bass Lane, which is South of the River.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said an altercation between the brothers preceded the shooting.

    “They got into a fight, a scuffle,” Stockton said. “One of them allegedly picked up a stick, hit the other one or was going to hit the other one, and the other one shot him.”

  • Alliance CEO on school: ‘We have an opportunity to change our culture’

    A K-14 educational curriculum that provides increased emphasis on career readiness is the best remedy for a host of serious problems facing the county, according to Roane Alliance president and CEO Wade Creswell.

    “We have an opportunity to change our culture based on how we teach our children,” Creswell said.

    The K-14 initiative on which the Alliance is embarking would be based on providing college level courses and career technical training to a greater number of high school students.