Today's News

  • New coach for Green Wave

    The reins of the Midway Green Wave boys’ basketball team changed hands Thursday afternoon.

    Coach Justin O’Toole stepped down as the head coach and will be replaced by Hoyle Humphreys.

    O’Toole sited personal reasons as to why he chose to vacate the position.

    He will still serve as the Midway Middle School Coach and said that he will be helping out with the football team in the coming year.

    Humphreys served as an assistant coach and the junior varsity coach for Midway this past season.

  • Meetings to assist nuclear workers

    Nuclear workers at Oak Ridge’s Y-12, X-10/Oak Ridge National Laboratory and K-25 Plants are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming Cold War Patriots meetings for customized information about government compensation and health-care benefits they have earned.

    The first meeting will be on March 19 in Kingston’s Noah’s Event Venue at 1200 Ladd Landing.

    Subsequent meetings will be March 20 at Oak Ridge Double Tree, March 21 at Clinton Community Center, and March 22 at The Venue at Lenoir City.

  • Sears Chamber’s top business in March
  • Has credit card DEBT gotten out of HAND?

    U.S. consumers racked up $92.2 billion in credit card debt during 2017, pushing outstanding balances past $1 trillion for the first time ever, according to WalletHub’s latest Credit Card Debt Study, based on Federal Reserve data released last week.

    Only four times in the past 30 years have Americans spent so much in a year, the WalletHub study revealed. And in each of those prior cases, the charge-off rate – currently hovering near historical lows – rose the following year.


    Roane County Commission’s Jail Study Committee voted 4 to 1 Friday to recommend to the full commission authorization to fund preliminary engineering work for a jail expansion.

    The recommendation would provide $150,000 for work that would include soil investigation, land surveying and design.

    The money would come out of $850,000 that was appropriated last year for costs associated with acquisition of the Dollar General Store next door.

    The $150,000 would be deducted from the total cost of the completed project.

  • Race for trustee heats up

    Some have started to eye the trustee’s position with less than a month to go to qualify for the Aug. 2 county election.

    Two people, Bina Kirby and Chris Mason, picked up petitions for trustee last week.

    Kirby works in the trustee’s office, and Mason is the town manager for Oliver Springs.

    “I want to serve Roane County,” Mason said. “I like government.”

    The trustee’s job isn’t the only one Mason is eyeing. Last month he also picked up a petition for county executive.

  • Kes of ‘Star Trek’ fame can’t stop driving

    Jennifer Lien is having trouble abiding by the stipulations of the deal in her DUI case. 

    Lien, who played Kes on the “Star Trek: Voyager” TV series, pleaded guilty to DUI on Feb. 13. She agreed to not drive in Tennessee for one year. 

    She allegedly violated that condition at least twice in a four day span. It resulted in her being arrested for driving on a revoked license both times. 

  • Winter’s Final Fury?
  • Mom accused of starving tot to stand trial in September

    Trial dates have been set again for the parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death.

    Amanda Dotson is scheduled to face a jury on Sept. 24. Matthew Dotson is scheduled to stand trial on Jan. 16, 2019.

    All trial dates are tentative. Both Dotsons have had multiple trial dates in the past that were postponed.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards sounded optimistic about the new trial dates.

    “It’s looking more likely we’re going to trial on those dates,” he said.


    Rockwood Fire Department made sure it’s ready to reach those in need with some training on their self-contained breathing apparatus and on low-angle rescue.

    Low-angle rescue is a skill used in scenarios such as reaching a car wreck at the bottom of a steep embankment.

    “It is like rope rescue, but your feet never leaves the ground,” said Fire Chief Matt Crabtree.

    “We probably have somewhere between four to six accidents a year on the highway where they go off to the point we have to have assistance getting there.”