Local News

  • Inventory for OES on no set schedule


    Roane County Executive Ron Woody doesn’t speak with much regret when he reflects on the circumstances surrounding a former Office of Emergency Services employee accused of stealing from the county.   

  • Tribute to a Community Friend


    Rockwood officials honored the memory of a prominent businessman by renaming the city’s community center in his tribute.

    Doug Wilson was treasured by countless people in the community. The beloved pharmacist, who died in May, was well known for hiring young people to work in his pharmacies. 

  • Grand jury indicts three more on sex crime offenses

    Matthew Fonza Smith, 28, is charged with three counts of child rape and one count of aggravated sexual battery in Roane County Criminal Court.

    The grand jury returned the indictment against him on those charges on Oct. 20.

    He was arrested a few days later.

    According to the indictment, the alleged crimes occurred between May 1, 2013, and June 13 of this year.

    Jail records listed Smith’s address as 10059 Old Kingston Road, Loudon.

    He was still in custody at the Roane County Jail on Thursday.


  • Assault suspect now facing attempted murder charge

    Warren E. Dyer faces new charges for an assault he allegedly committed on July 22.

    The incident reportedly occurred at an apartment on West Rockwood Street.

    When police arrived, Kristy Danyell Smith ran up to a Rockwood officer yelling, ‘Help me, help me,” the warrant said.

    “Mrs. Smith had multiple lacerations to her head, a swollen face and strangulation marks around her neck,” the warrant said.

  • Community rallies in Addie’s leukemia fight

    The Kingston community came out in force last Friday evening to help one of its own.

    Four-year-old Addie Moore was diagnosed with Acute lymphocytic leukemia in September, and her friends, loved ones and folks she hadn’t met until that point turned out for a chili supper in her benefit at Kingston First Baptist Church

    Acute lymphocytic leukemia is a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Though it can affect adults, it often strikes children.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Who’s greater socialist — Bernie or Republicans?

    As Bernie Sanders continues to draw large crowds and receive large numbers of small contributions to his campaign war chest, some of the right wing have begun to “go ballistic” about his being a “socialist”.

    Well, dear friends, where have these capitalist purists been while the right-wing main-stream has been high jacked into the socialistic orbit?

    As we learned it back in the dark ages, socialism is the system whereby government is intimately and intricately intertwined with the means of production and other economic endeavor.

  • Roane vacancy to be up for vote

    The Roane County Commission is planning to fill the vacant seat in District 6 during its Nov. 9 meeting.

    The seat became open following the Sept. 30 death of Bobby Collier, who had served on the Commission for 17 years.

    The Nov. 9 meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

    The Commission will have a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. for anyone interested in being appointed to the vacant seat.

    Anyone appointed can also run for the seat in the Aug. 4, 2016, election.

  • Tax-bill delays put revenues behind

    The Roane County Board of Equalization completed its hearings this week.

    That means property owners should soon expect to receive their tax notices in the mail.

    “We are in the process of doing all our paperwork,” said Property Assessor David Morgan on Wednesday.

    He said computer vendor representatives are scheduled to be at his office next week to help his staff secure the paperwork to send to the county and cities for property tax collections.

  • Father accused of starvation seeking to sever case

    The attorney for the father accused of starving his 2-year-old son to death is seeking to have his client tried separately.

    Matthew and Amanda Dotson face first-degree murder charges in the death of their son, Clifford.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said Matthew Dotson’s attorney, Phil Lomonaco, is seeking to sever the cases, which means the two would be tried separately if the motion is granted.

    “The state will oppose,” Edwards said.