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Today's News

  • GLIMPSES: Science minds steer Bethel Presbyterian into 21st century

    By MARK BANKER

    Three months ago, I reflected on Bethel Presbyterian Church’s contributions to Roane County education and celebrated three wonderful teachers with Bethel ties who enriched the lives of countless students and inspired my own 40 years in the classroom.

  • Rockwood men arrested in strong-arm robbery

    Two Rockwood men have been arrested on charges related to a weekend strong-arm robbery in Harriman.

    Authorities have identified the 19-year-old men as Jordan Crabtree and Austin Kane Penley. As of late Tuesday afternoon, Crabtree was in custody at the Roane County Jail, while authorities were en route to Kingston with Penley to book him into custody.

  • AUTO SALES WITH INTEGRITY

    Allen Russell recently relocated his used-car business from Oliver Springs to Midtown but his mission to help others remains the same.

    Integrity Auto Sales was founded to help support family missions and offer customers an alternative to large dealerships.

    “We are a family-oriented father-and-son dealership who strives to provide people with quality vehicles at an affordable price,” Russell said.

  • Calfee boosts Freedom to Prosper Act

    Throughout his time in the Tennessee General Assembly, state Rep. Kent Calfee has worked to enhance employment opportunities and create new jobs for Tennesseans.

    During the 2017 legislative session, the Kingston Republican sponsored passage of the Freedom to Prosper Act. This initiative stops local governments from creating new occupational licenses and encourages new business opportunities for those already licensed to work in their respective professions.

  • 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