Today's News

  • X, Leffew, Coach K receive 3-A awards

    The 2012-13 season in District 3-A was a good one for Roane County players and coaches alike. The All-District 3-A Team reflects that success as three of the top four superlative awards went to Roane County along with 15 more selections on the all-district teams.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Sadly, a new chapter of jail house tale begins

    Some folks, we understand, are troubled by a recurring nightmare that disturbs their sleep virtually every night of their lives.

    We have not previously experienced this phenomenon, but we fear that we are about to do so.
    In this nightmare we will be joined by most of the citizens and taxpayers of Roane County.

    What, the reader may well ask, is the scenario which causes us to fear it so?

    It may be summed up in two words ­— The JAIL!

  • Starved boy’s dad wants trial moved

    Matthew Dotson is requesting a change of venue in his murder case.
    His attorney, Joseph Lodato of Knoxville, filed the motion in Roane County Criminal Court on Tuesday.
    Dotson and his wife, Amanda, are charged with first-degree murder in the death of their 2-year-old son Clifford.
    Authorities have said the toddler was starved to death.
    Matthew Dotson is out on bond.
    Amanda Dotson, who is represented by public defender Walter Johnson, is still in custody.

  • Tiger Haven lawsuit is dismissed

    An agreed order of voluntary dismissal in the lawsuit involving Tiger Haven and nearby residents was filed in Loudon County Circuit Court on March 4.
    No further details were mentioned.
    Tiger Haven, which is located at 237 Harvey Road in East Roane County, houses several types of big cats, including tigers, lions, leopards and cougars.
    Some neighbors filed a $10 million lawsuit against the facility in 2011 in Roane County Circuit Court, claiming the facility caused fear, personal discomfort, inconvenience and a diminution in property values.

  • Check your detectors at time change

    This weekend, daylight savings time goes into effect Sunday morning, moving time up one hour.
    While moving clocks forward it’s also a great time to change the batteries in the smoke alarms in the home, said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss.
    Goss said the Harriman Fire Department has free batteries they can install for Harriman residents.
    Call Station 1 at 882-3072.

  • Cumberland waters to rise

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District poured concrete for the last pile of the barrier wall this week, which completes the last and most critical component of the dam safety project required to mitigate seepage through the karst geology deep in the foundation of Wolf Creek Dam’s embankment.
    The dam is the major impoundment on Lake Cumberland in southeastern Kentucy.
    It is the last of 1,197 piles that are approximately 3 feet in diameter and extend up to 275 feet into bedrock below the foundation of the embankment.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: What’s that flying high up in the sky?

    A few years before I firmly planted myself in East Tennessee, I made a three-day trek, most of it along Interstate 40, to live in Arizona.
    It was a grueling trip, not only because of the mileage and move involved, but because of the mix of emotions tied to any cross-country departure.
    Except for the excitement of seeing antelope for the first time and listening to the most boring audio book that must have ever been recorded, I remember few details about that late-winter journey.

  • Tennessee Tech dean's list: Fall 2012

    A number of Tennessee Technological University students from Roane County were named to the dean’s list for fall semester.

    They are:

  • Monroe selected to attend Governor’s School for dance

    Amber Monroe of Rockwood has been selected to attend the Dance Division of the 2013 Tennessee Governor’s School.

    Monroe was chosen from a pool of more than 800 applicants. She has also been awarded a talent scholarship for the Governor’s School.

    Her audition process at Middle Tennessee State University involved a group dance audition and an interview with a panel of judges.

    In order to be chosen for the program, applicants must have outstanding academic performance and a high grade-point average.

  • Church Calendar: March 8-22

    Rockwood First Presbyterian Church’s Women’s Association will have a two-day winter clearance rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the basement of the church at 429 W. Rockwood St. Proceeds will benefit church programs.