Today's News

  • Rockwood hosts Dixie Youth Baseball State Tournaments

    The Dixie Youth Baseball A and AA State Tournaments started with pool playThursday at Rockwood’s “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex.

    Due to the start time of the tournament games and the deadline of the Roane County News for Friday, game coverage could not be provided.

    But rest assured, there will be coverage for the Roane County teams in both age divisions.

  • Appeal there, but not funds

    Harriman Mayor Wayne Best sees all kinds of potential in the Swan Pond recreational area and its ball fields.

    He and other Harriman officials, however, don’t see any way the city could take over operation of the complex at this time.

    “My standpoint is right now I don’t think we have the funds to take on anything else,” said Best.

  • Pit bull blocks police in car

    A Harriman woman said she was bitten by a pit bull while walking down a Rockwood street on Sunday.

    Rockwood Police Officer Rick Thomas was dispatched to the police department headquarters around 4:30 p.m. to take a report on the incident.

    “Upon my arrival, I made contact with Mrs. Bonnie L. Fradey,” the report said. “Mrs. Fradey said she was walking down Kingston Avenue around the 600 block when a gray pit bull came out of the yard at 600 N. Kingston Ave. and bit her on her left thumb.

  • 4th finale
  • May storms impact Tennessee Medieval Faire, too

    The creators of the Tennessee Medieval Faire continue to work to grow the Roane County festival each year — and people still turned out, even after storms blew through the area on Memorial Day weekend.

    “Overall, it was a really good show,” said Barrie Paulson, vice president, manager and entertainment director of Darkhorse LLC, which operates the Faire.

    “We did have to close on our last Sunday (May 28) so we could clean up. Thankfully people rallied, and we were able to open on our last day (Monday),” Paulson added.

  • Child starvation case trial dates postponed — again

    New trial dates have been set for the parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death more than five years ago.

    Amanda Dotson’s trial is tentatively set to begin on Jan. 16, 2018. Matthew Dotson’s trial is tentatively scheduled for May 14, 2018. Multiple trial dates have been set in the case in the past, only to get postponed.

    Clifford Dotson died on May 3, 2012. Roane County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Art Wolff viewed his body at Lenoir City’s Fort Loudoun Medical Center, where Clifford was taken by Amanda Dotson.

  • License needed for adult day care

    Adult day care agencies providing care to five or more people are now required to obtain a license by the Tennessee Department of Human Services and adhere to licensing requirements.

    The new requirement began July 1 and is a result of legislation passed in 2017 which lowered the previous required licensing threshold from 10 to five adult day care participants.

    Licensed adult day care agencies must meet established standards and receive regular monitoring visits.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Carefully consider what’s at stake

    I hope a great many of our readers had the chance to peruse Wednesday’s article on school consolidation written by former Roane County school board member Earl Nall.

    The article , which takes place in the fictional future of Roane County 2029, is rather lengthy but is still available online for those who might have missed it.

    I thought the article deserved the space allotted because it brought up many issues that I have not heard discussed regarding the plan to consolidate some of the high schools in the county.

  • GOING with the FLO – Remember: United we stand, divided we fall


    Editor’s note: The opinions expressed in this column do not reflect the views of this newspaper.

    After listening to President Trump speak at the Celebrate Freedom Rally at the Kennedy Center to honor our veterans, I felt impressed to share some of his remarks, to keep our focus and stand strong.

    President Trump just signed an executive order, following through on his campaign pledge to stop the Johnson Amendment from interfering with our First Amendment rights.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: If it’s 65, it’s got to go! So say school potentates

    Editor’s note: The opinions expressed in this column do not reflect the views of this newspaper.

    Gentle reader, we hope that you read the lengthy report written by our Director of Schools, Dr. Leah Rice Watkins, published in the Wednesday, 28 June issue of the News; it is this article which we wish to discuss today, but, before doing so we are pleased to report that Dr. Watkins contacted us a few weeks ago about the possibility of meeting, which we had not previously done.