Today's News

  • OS Middle School football team honored by Board of Education
  • Hunting show based in county

    By Peter Forton
    A  New England couple that hosts a “hit” cable television program on hunting has decided to make Roane County their home base.
    Steve and Robin Dunshee were both introduced to the sport of hunting as children. When she was just 9 years old Robin's parents took her into the field for the first time to experience bird hunting near her New Hampshire home. In Steve's case a church elder in his hometown of Cape Cod, Mass., took him under his wing and invited him on a turkey hunt.

  • Pierce on probation after plea

    Former Rockwood Public Works Director Tom Pierce quietly entered a guilty plea on several charges this month related to both purchases he made while a city employee and his August arrest stemming from allegations he may be planning to harm a former Rockwood official.

    “Given the facts of both cases and the offer being a diversion, it was something Mr. Pierce could not pass up to run the risk of conviction in all the cases,” said John McFarland, a Kingston attorney representing Pierce.

  • Thanksgiving helping hand
  • Accused drug peddler racks up additional crack charges

    A woman already under indictment for allegedly selling drugs is facing additional drug charges following her arrest earlier this month.

    Kristy Lynn Murray was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Oct. 18 on two counts of selling cocaine in the school zone of Sailaway Learning Academy and Calvary Baptist Church and School.

    On Nov. 11, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Justin Edwards received information that Murray was at a residence in the alleyway near Eddie’s Body Shop.

  • Dad accused of starving son trial delayed again

    Did 2-year-old Clifford Dotson have a genetic disorder?

    That question is serious enough that Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton saw fit to grant a defense motion for a continuance in Matthew Dotson’s murder trial, which was scheduled to start Monday, Nov. 28, in Roane County Criminal Court.

    A new trial date has not been set.

    Clifford died on May 3, 2012. Authorities have accused his parents, Matthew and Amanda Dotson, of starving him to death.

    They face first-degree murder and other charges in the case.


    Ecstatic Bowers Elementary students got a treat just like their teachers last week.

    Bowers second-grade teachers were granted a reprieve from recess duty when they raised the most money for United Way in the school.

    That’s when Harriman Police Department, led by Chief Derek Pacifico, happily filled in, even joining the kids on the playground.

    “You got to remember that most cops don’t get invited to the party where everything is safe and no one is causing a problem,” Pacifico said.

  • GLIMPSES: Presumed mandates and the consequences

    By Mark Banker

    Since the presidential election, politicians and pundits have debated a question that is at once ironic and predictable: Did Donald Trump win a mandate?

    The irony is that in the American lexicon, “mandate” means a “command from the people” to carry out an agenda.

    Set aside that Trump lost the popular vote by a million ballots and that in the Republican primaries he never won a majority in any state.

  • Kingston smashes Sweetwater for 2 wins

    The Kingston basketball teams earned the Thanksgiving weekend off by sweeping the Sweetwater teams Tuesday night, as the Lady Jackets beat the Lady Wildcats 73-56 and Yellow Jackets defeated the  Wildcats 55-59.
    Kingston 73, Sweetwater 56: "Our defense created some baskets. We played very unselfishly," said Lady Jacket Coach Connie Guinn, whose was proficient on both ends of the floor, hitting 29-of-59 from the floor, including 11-of-24 from 3-point range and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line, while forcing 22 turnovers, including 14 steals.

  • Bingham’s buzzer beater helps Harriman split with Oakdale

    The Harriman basketball teams  split a pair of region games at Oakdale Tuesday evening in Oakdale, as the Lady Eagles defeated the Lady Devils 50-32, while the Blue Devils edged the Eagles 58-56 on Hayden Bingham's buzzer beater.
    Oakdale 50, Harriman 32: Harriman (1-1) did a great job in the first half, as they battled with the evenly-matched Lady Eagles (1-2), trailing by one point at the half (21-20); however, the deficit grew in the second, as the Lady Eagles outscored Harriman 29-12 for the victory.