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  • Trial delayed for mom accused of starving toddler

    Another delay has occurred in the case of the parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death.

    Matthew and Amanda Dotson are being tried separately on first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse charges.

    Amanda Dotson’s trial that was scheduled to start on Jan. 16 was recently postponed.

    “Another delay is correct, and it’s because of the DNA testing that the defense is having done,” Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said.

  • No one hurt when SUV rolled into Clinch

    On Monday morning, Kingston Fire Department, with assistance from Roane County Rescue Squad, were called to Ladd Landing to rescue a submerged Ford Escape.

    The vehicle had rolled down the boat ramp and into the frigid water around 6:45 p.m. Sunday.

    Mary Tuck of Oliver Springs told police that she and her husband Mickey were in the vehicle, and both got out at the same time, and the Escape started rolling down the ramp.

  • No more chemo

    Addie Moore never let her battle with acute lymphocytic leukemia keep her down and, if possible, she’s even more exuberant because she’s won the war on the disease.

    The Kingston Elementary first grader and her family were joined by friends and loved ones to celebrate “no mo chemo” with the release of 848 balloons at Fort Southwest Point.

    “That was how long she was in treatment,” said Gena Moore, Addie’s grandmother or “Mimi.”

  • Mess lands woman in jail

    On Dec. 7, Chancellor Frank V. Williams III gave Helen Hayes until Jan. 4 to remove half of the debris off her property. The mess hadn’t changed by that morning, according to Roane County officials.

    “Has there been any noticeable difference since we were in court on Dec. 7?” County Attorney Greg Leffew asked Codes Enforcement Official Glen Cofer.

    “No sir,” Cofer responded. “Not that I can tell.”

  • Roads a go, surveys and work at standstill

    The roads the Roane County Commission voted to accept in Pioneer Village Subdivision last August still aren’t being maintained by the county.

    Officials said a survey must be completed before that can happen, but there is a question about who will pay for it.

    Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson didn’t ask the Commission to take over the roads, so he said he’s not paying for the survey out of his department’s budget.

    “They’ll (the Commission) be the ones that’s doing it if they do it,” Ferguson said.

  • Funds allow Habitat to repair homes for needy

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity is using a generous donation to fund a variety of home repair projects for Roane County residents in need.

    Best known for building small, low-cost homes, Habitat for Humanity is now helping low-income families in Roane County with needed repairs to their homes that they cannot afford themselves.

    The program repairs or replaces roofs, windows, heating and air conditioning units, water heaters, damaged kitchens and bathrooms and potentially other critical repairs.

  • 2nd suspect arrested in pharmacy holdup

    Harriman police have recovered 636 of the estimated 660 30-milligram Oxycodone HCL taken during the armed robbery at CVS at 1136 S. Roane St. on Tuesday.

    “The estimated street value of the recovered narcotics is $19,110,” a release from the Harriman Police Department said.

    The release said Investigator Brian Turner and Detective Kasey Mynatt recovered the pills from armed robbery suspect William Folger’s residence on Jan. 4.

  • Inmate leaps from jail balcony

    Robert Wesley Bandy, an inmate at the Roane County Jail, jumped off a balcony in one of the housing pods last month.

    He didn’t get up and walk away.

    According to a report on the incident, Bandy left the facility on a stretcher and was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, a level 1 trauma center.

    Bandy is not the first inmate to jump off one of the balconies.

    “I don’t know of any way to stop them from doing it,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

  • Rockwood shelter head calls it quits

    Rockwood animal control officer and animal shelter coordinator Mark Neeley abruptly resigned earlier this week.

    Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said Neeley had been out for Christmas and then called in sick a few days. He said Neeley tendered his resignation in a phone message left at Rockwood City Hall.

    “I was a little surprised,” Stinnett said. “I’ve not gotten to talk to him.”

    Stinnett said a number of volunteers at the shelter have stepped up to make sure the animals are taken care of.