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  • Lender cashes bad checks, out almost $1,800

    The Cash Express in Rockwood told police it lost more than $1,700 when five personal checks were cashed at the business. Rockwood police are investigating.

    According to the report, Sgt. Jason Halliburton spoke with employee Tonya Johnson when he responded to the business to look into the matter.

    Johnson told Halliburton the checks totaled $1,777.50.

  • Mom in child starvation case pleads guilty

    A mother accused of starving her son to death pleaded guilty in Roane County Criminal Court Thursday morning.

    Amanda Ann Dotson was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree murder based upon child abuse, first-degree murder by child neglect, aggravated child abuse and aggravated child abuse by neglect.

    Dotson’s attorney reached a deal with prosecutors, and she pleaded guilty to facilitation of first-degree murder by child neglect and aggravated child abuse.

  • Freeberg accepts post with Anti-Drug Coalition

    Roane County Recovery Court Coordinator Ashley Freeberg sat down with her clients and colleagues on Friday to tell them she will be leaving to be a prevention coordinator at Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition.

    Freeberg, who got her start in the probation system, said she welcomes the chance to get in the schools and community to work on preventing drug abuse.

    “I’m excited about this new position,” she said. “Honestly, I feel this brings my career full circle.”

  • Have plane fun at charity air show

    By David P. Glockner

    For Roane Newspapers

    The Tennessee Eagles Radio Controlled Aircraft Club will host a charity benefit air show on Saturday.

    The purpose of the show is to benefit the Roane County Children’s Fund, which assists all children and their families in Roane County during times of financial need.

    The air show is open to the public, and admission is free.

    All donations and net proceeds will be given to the Children’s Fund.

  • Ky. man admits sex act with 14-year-old, police say

    A Kentucky man is in trouble after he was allegedly found in a motel room with a 14-year-old female on Saturday.

    Emad Mohammed Al Saedi is charged with statutory rape.

    According to the warrant, Kingston Police Department Detective Keith Kile responded to the Motel 6 on Gallaher Road to investigate a report of a juvenile being abducted from Virginia.

    Al Saedi is identified as Al Saedi Emad in the warrant.

  • Ellis heads up Commission

    The Roane County Commission selected Randy Ellis to be its new chairman.

    “I promise to be honest and fair and lead the Commission,” he said.

    The Commission selects a chairman each year during its September meeting.

    “I’m grateful and humbled for the trust they’ve put into me,” Ellis said.

    Ellis was nominated by Commissioner Darryl Meadows during Monday’s regular meeting. There were no other nominations for the position, and Ellis was elected by a 14-0 vote. Commissioner Junior Hendrickson passed.

  • Man’s body found in river

    Some people out fishing discovered a male body floating in the river on Monday. The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

    “We had some teenagers and one adult that were fishing on the river bank that found the body,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Tuesday.

    A call was placed to Roane County E-911 about the body around 7:30 p.m. on Monday.

    “Dead body floating in the lake,” a report about the call said. “Male that’s floating near them while they are fishing.”

  • $1 million lotto ticket bought at Food City

    A lottery ticket worth $1 million was purchased in Roane County.

    Tennessee Lottery Communications Director Kym Gerlock said the ticket was sold at the Food City on Ladd Landing Boulevard in Kingston.

    The winner matched five of the six numbers drawn in the Mega Millions game Friday night.

    “We have not had anyone come forward yet to claim the prize,” Gerlock said Tuesday. “The player has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the prize.”

    Information about winners are not available until prizes are claimed.

  • Thank you for the music

    The doctor is out.

    Joe Williams has been president of the Babahatchie Community Band since its beginnings, when he, Julian Ahler and Nancy Oran first took the steps to bring what was then the Harriman Community Band to fruition.

    His love for the band remains, but he has handed over the responsibilities for the band and the annual TubaChristmas event he spearheads each year because of failing health.

    “I made one of the biggest hardest decisions of my life when I retired from president,” Williams said. “I just had to give it up.”