Today's News

  • Were Dotsons hooked on pain meds?

    Did accused child starvation parents Matthew and Amanda Dotson neglect their son because they had a pill addiction?

    That was one of the theories floated by prosecutors during a pretrial hearing at the Roane County Courthouse last week.

    “Specifically we’ve talked about the potential issue of misuse of pain medication on behalf of the defendants,” Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said.

  • Chase, shooting led to Harriman police vacancies

    Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico is anxious to get up to full staff when he fills three positions in the coming weeks, two of which have been vacant after incidents that happened prior to him becoming department head.

    Lt. Dan Schneider was dismissed in October 2016 for his role in a high speed pursuit that left female passenger Holland Durbrow dead and injured the juvenile driver of the stolen vehicle. Sgt. Michael Cox was demoted to patrolman as well.

  • Sheriff’s K-9 officer gets day suspension following crash

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Deputy Justin Edwards was suspended for one day following an automobile accident that occurred in Rockwood last week.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said the suspension was for a policy violation.

    “He was exceeding the speed limit by a few miles per hour,” Stockton said. “I don’t think that was a contributing factor, but he was definitely speeding.”

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the accident. No criminal charges were filed.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Good eats found here in Kingston

    When I moved to Roane County last year one of the things on my “to do” list was to sample the food at some of the better dining establishments.

    Over the years I’ve traveled the globe I’ve eaten in some of the best restaurants. In my opinion, Ruth Chris and the Chop House serve a nice steak, but I never found any place in Knox County that I thought compared with the best restaurants in the world.

  • School board retreat at home

    From staff reports

    The Roane County Board of Education is staying home.

    After considering a weekend retreat in Gatlinburg, plans were reversed on Friday to have the Jan. 27-29 meeting at Roane State Community College.

    Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said meetings will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sunday. A listing of many of the topics can be found on page 3 of today’s Roane County News.

  • Obama denies O’Neal clemency

    President Barack Obama commuted hundreds of prison sentences last week.

    Ralph O’Neal’s wasn’t one of them.

    The former Roane County resident is serving a life sentence in federal prison for his conviction on drug charges. He applied for clemency, but his petition was denied by Obama on Jan. 18.

    “I had to write a letter in opposition and send them some information,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

  • ‘We rescued her, but really, she rescued us’

    Although her owner passed away, a dog has eased into new ownership among residents and staff at Brookdale Senior Living Community in Kingston.

    Izzy came to Brookdale last fall with her owner, unnamed due to privacy concerns, who didn’t want to leave her, explained Brookdale Sales and Marketing Manager Lesa Fuller.

  • Use sought for historic Harriman building

    Harriman City Council wants public input on what should become of the Temperance Building as they work toward more grant funding to help stabilize the building.

    “We need to find a use for it,” said Councilman Chris Ahler.

    Ahler said buildings that sit empty “decay faster than buildings being used.”

    Others agreed.

    Mayor Wayne Best encouraged the community to come forward with ideas and bring them to city officials.

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