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Today's News

  • Protective custody for starvation couple

    Matthew and Amanda Dotson, the parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death, are being held in protective custody at the Roane County Jail.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton said the situation was out of concern that they might be harmed by other inmates. 
    “It’s our job to protect them,” he said. 
    The Dotsons were booked into the Roane County Jail late Tuesday.
    They were indicted by the Roane County grand jury this week for first-degree murder in the death of their son.

  • Cuts still threat to school budget

    The Roane County Budget Committee voted 3-0 to recommend the 2012-13 school budget to the County Commission, but school officials may want to continue following the situation until the budget process comes to a close.
    After the unanimous vote and after Director of Schools Toni McGriff and school business manager Eric Harbin left the June 14 meeting at the courthouse, the committee continued to scrutinize the school budget.
    Commissioner Steve Kelley even indicated he might propose a change to the $69.4 million plan before it goes to the county commission for a vote.

  • Principal named for Dyllis Springs Elementary School

    Outgoing Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff said Gwen Johnson will be the first principal of the new Dyllis Springs Elementary School.
    Johnson had been serving as the principal of Oliver Springs Elementary School.
    McGriff said Kendra Inman, who had been principal at Dyllis Elementary School, will be the assistant principal at the new school.
    Dyllis Elementary closed after the 2011-12 school year.
    The new school, which was part of the system’s $32 million building program, is scheduled to open for the 2012-13 school year.

  • Harriman area farmers market gets recognized

    Pick Tennessee Products tour will come to the Harriman Farmers Market on Wednesday, June 27.
    Pamela Bartholomew, agritourism and farmers markets coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, announced that Harriman will host one of the tour stops that stretch across the state.
    “There will be free recipe cards and a drawing for a Pick Tennessee Products basket filled with more than $150 worth of delicious products,” said a release from Bartholomew.

  • Behind the fireworks: July 4th year-round event for Kingston parks crew

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    For Kingston parks and recreation director Rick Ross and his crew, the July 4 holiday begins on July 6.
    July 6 of the preceding year, that is.
    Once the curtain dropped and the din faded on Independence Day 2011, Ross and his staff set out in earnest planning this year’s celebration.
    “We’re always tweaking,” Ross said.
    “How can we make little improvements? More parking? Can we put pesticides in the places where people sit?”

  • Gift to go toward rescue vehicle

    Bryan Adams, owner of Tattoos by Bryan of Harriman, recently presented the Harriman Fire Department with a $500 donation.

    The donation was given in support of the department’s fundraising efforts to purchase a four-wheel-drive universal transport vehicle.

    The UTV, a specialized vehicle, is to be used during inclement weather or other extreme rescue situations.

  • THP to conduct sobriety check in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on June 29 at Poland Hollow Road and Hwy. 70 in Roane County.

    The checkpoint will take place from 11 p.m. to midnight.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by intoxicated drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by intoxicated drivers.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these sobriety checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing DUI laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

  • Salem Baptist marking 135 years

    Salem Baptist Church, Ten Mile, will celebrate its 135-year anniversary with special activities June 30 and July 1.

    The church was established in 1877 and has opened its doors for weekly services consistently for these 135 years.

    Pastor Ted Clower said he and the congregation invite former pastors and members to share in the celebration services.

    The Saturday service will begin at 4 p.m.

    Breakin’ Ground, a group of young singers and instrumentalists, will provide music for the service.

  • CCW awards scholarship to Michaela Grubb

    Michaela Grubb, a 2012 Roane County High School graduate, was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Council of Catholic Women at Blessed Sacrament Church, Harriman.

    Grubb, daughter of Blessed Sacrament parishioners Melissa and Ralph Grubb of Kingston, graduated with a 4.093 grade-point average. She plans to major in music therapy at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville.

    Ranked fifth in her graduating class, Grubb was active in church, school and community projects.

  • Vacation Bible School 2012

    Asbury Chapel United Methodist
    Asbury Chapel United Methodist Church, Rockwood, will have its vacation Bible school from 6 to 8 p.m. June 24-27 in the church at 1717 Eureka Road. Classes are available for ages 2-12; the week will kick off with a Sunday night cookout.

    Bradbury United Methodist