Today's News

  • $1 VA OFFER ‘A no-brainer’

    Hundreds flocked to a Friday rally for veterans in Kingston to hear from Congressmen Chuck Fleischmann and Jeff Miller on the possibility of locating a veterans hospital in Harriman.

    Miller, a Florida Republican, is chairman of the House Veterans Affairs committee. He and Fleischmann had earlier toured the veterans clinic in Rockwood, which is temporarily closed.

    “We want to get that back open,” Fleischmann said.

  • Starved tot’s dad released on bond

    One Dotson parent is out of jail. The other could be soon.

    Matthew and Amanda Dotson are charged with first-degree murder in the death of their 2-year-old son Clifford.  

    The Dotsons were booked into the Roane County Jail on June 19 after they were indicted by the Roane County grand jury.

    Matthew Dotson, 27, was released from jail on a $100,000 bond on June 29.

    Amanda Dotson, 25, was still in custody on a $100,000 bond Friday, according to jail records.

  • Sheriff investigating ex-coach’s relationship

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said late last week school resource officer Jon French is looking into allegations that former Harriman High School boys basketball coach Jeff King had an inappropriate relationship with a student.

    “The girl was a juvenile when these alleged offenses occurred, and she got arrested as an adult,” Stockton said late Thursday. “She got arrested for breaking into his house is what I understand.”

  • Early voters keep things hopping at the courthouse

    It was a busy Friday at the Roane County Courthouse.

    The hub of the county’s government is hopping most days. Friday, though, brought folks into Kingston to exercise their right to vote in the first day of early voting.

    “I don’t think we expected it to be quite this busy,” said Holly Cromwell of the Election Commission Office during a temporary break Friday afternoon. “I’m glad it is, though.”

  • Harriman budget OK’d with raises, no tax increase

    It’s official: the city of Harriman has a budget for 2012-13.

    Harriman City Council approved the budget on final reading late last month. No property tax increase and 2-percent employee pay raises are the most notable aspects of the budget, which includes very few bells and whistles in the projected $7.9 million revenue budget with appropriations of $7.1 million.

    One thing left partially funded was the city coordinator position, left vacant when Bob Tidwell retired. He’s staying on part time to help finish out grant projects he began.

  • Accused killer out on bond

    Eric Glenn Gallaher was released from the Roane County Jail at 12:25 p.m. on Friday.
    Gallaher, 32, was charged with reckless homicide last July for allegedly killing David Harvey outside the Grill & Pub near Harriman.

    Gallaher was released from jail on July 25, 2011, on a $50,000 bond.

    The bond was later revoked because of a DUI arrest in Knox County, and Gallaher was returned to jail on Nov. 3, 2011.

    Gallaher’s lawyer, Donice Butler, made a motion to have his $50,000 bond reinstated.

  • May now tourism, marketing director

    The Roane Alliance has promoted Pam May to director of tourism and marketing.

    “Pam has done a great job as manager of tourism and marketing since she came to the Alliance four years ago,” Alliance President and CEO Leslie Henderson said. “She not only has grown considerably in her knowledge of tourism development and marketing, but she has also taken on many leadership roles within the Team Alliance. To say she is a key player on our team is an understatement.”

  • Help preserve health care history

    Roane Medical Center continues to seek community input regarding items that should be included in the time capsule that will be installed in the new medical center in Midtown.

    “We really want to make sure we include items that capture the history of Roane Medical Center, as well as the history of health care in our community,” said Gaye Jolly, president and chief administrative officer of the Harriman-based Roane Medical Center.

  • Rockwood Sonic a semifinalist in Dr Pepper Games

    After months of competing against more than 2,500 fellow Sonic Drive-ins across the country, the Rockwood Sonic Drive-In at 1324 N. Gateway Ave. is one of 48 remaining teams in the Dr Pepper Sonic Games.

    The games are a Sonic crewmember competition culminating with a national finals in San Antonio this September.

    The Rockwood drive-in is just one round away from becoming one of 12 finalists and earning an all-expense-paid trip to San Antonio for the finals competition.

  • Harriman’s Pass accepts co-op with Bridgestone plant

    James Houston Pass, a Tennessee Technological University student from Harriman, has been selected for a 14-month cooperative education, or a co-op assignment, with Bridgestone Americas Inc. in Morrison, Tenn.

    On an assignment that began in June, Pass works with other mechanical engineers to plan a plant layout as Bridgestone under goes a multi-million dollar expansion.