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Today's News

  • Man accused of having over 100 sex images of juvenile

    Rodney Lee Foland, a 32-year-old Rockwood man, was indicted twice by the Roane County grand jury earlier this month.

    In one case Foland is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.

    He allegedly possessed more than 100 images of a minor engaged in sexual activity on Sept. 29.

    Foland is charged with aggravated assault, vandalism and resisting arrest in the second case.

    The charges stem from an incident that occurred on June 12, 2016.

    The alleged victim on the aggravated assault and vandalism charges is his father, Charles.

  • Watch out for masked marauders
  • 288 in starvation mom’s jury pool

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton continues to work to try and bring the Clifford Dotson starvation case to trial.

    In June of 2012, Clifford’s parents, Matthew and Amanda Dotson, were charged with murder in his death. Countless hearings have been held in the case the last five plus years with the most recent occurring Friday at the Roane County Courthouse.

    One of the issues discussed was the jury pool for Amanda Dotson’s trial, which is tentatively set to begin on Jan. 16. The 12 jurors that will decide the case could come from a pool of 288 people.

  • Man found with teen girl, meth, syringes

    A man found with a female teen in her car had meth in his possession according to Rockwood police.

    Matthew Thomas Driggers, 32, is now facing charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia and manufacture, delivery, sell of schedule II. He was arrested on Oct. 24.

    According to the report, Rockwood police responded to Oak Grove Cemetery to investigate why a vehicle was backed up to the woods with its lights off.

  • Kingston police ups drive ante to 1,000 Thanksgiving meals

    The Kingston Police Department has raised the bar for its annual Thanksgiving food drive with Hands of Mercy.

    “This is going to be our biggest food drive ever,” said Police Chief Jim Washam.

    After managing the distribution of thousands of Thanksgiving food baskets to those in need over the past 13 years, Washam said he decided to challenge his department and supporters in the community to serve even more.

    The goal this year is to distribute 1,000 meals, up from 780 meals last year.

  • Fighting the FLU
  • OSMS hoops tournament action

    By Taylor Crombie

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    The Lady Bobcats were eliminated from the Hollis Eble tournament Thursday night after falling to 41-35 to the Oakdale Lady Eagles, while the Oliver Springs boys moved to the loser’s bracket after a close one against the York Dragons.

    Oakdale took a 12-7 lead over the Lady Bobcats in the first quarter thanks to a pair of threes from Amelia Miller. The Lady Eagles stepped off the court at halftime with a comfortable 10-point lead, but Oliver Springs wasn’t finished just yet.

  • X-country teams state bound

    The Midway girls’ cross-country team is state bound for the first time in school history after its second place performance at the Region Meet this week. Kingston also had Jack Miller(right) as the sole Yellow Jacket qualify for the State Championship Meet in Nashville November 4th.

  • Yellow Jackets lose focus, game

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets were hoping to build momentum heading to the TSSAA Class 3A playoffs with a victory at Gatlinburg-Pittman Friday night. Kingston, however, will have to regroup as the Highlanders defended Legion Field, 33-28.

    “Gatlinburg-Pittman played a great game and we didn’t,” Kingston head coach Brian Pankey said following the loss that ends the Jackets regular season with a mark of 7-3.

  • Tigers earn home playoff with win

    By Melissa Coley

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    The Rockwood Tigers put on an offensive gameshow and the price was right as senior tailback Zander Price rushed for over 150 yards, scored two touchdowns, had a fumble recovery and an interception to lead his team to a 41-13 victory over the Cumberland Gap Panthers.

    “We had a lot of distractions this week with homecoming and senior night, but our kids came out and played well on offense” says Coach John Webb.