Local News

  • Calhoun man arrested for sex crime enters guilty plea

    A Calhoun man arrested last June on a sex crime has pleaded guilty in Roane County Criminal Court.

    According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were dispatched to a residence in East Roane County on June 6, 2018, on a report about a suspicious vehicle.

    They made contact with Wayne Cory Marcereau.

    “During the investigation, it was discovered that Marcereau was making contact with a 14-year-old female,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

  • Roane adds grand jury session

    The grand jury calendar in the Ninth Judicial District is changing.

    The four counties that make up the district are Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan.

    The grand jury meets in Roane County in February, June and October.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said last week that Roane County will add a fourth session in July.

    Loudon County will also add a fourth session in May.

    Roane and Loudon are the biggest counties in the district.

  • Free Medical Clinic looks to grow at Harriman office

    By Richard Evans

    A segment of uninsured people in Roane, Morgan and Anderson counties have access to healthcare through the Free Medical Clinic in Harriman.

    The clinic, located at 521 Devonia St., opened its doors in October 2016 as a satellite of the Oak Ridge office.

    They are currently open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays but are hoping to add Mondays as well.

  • Students speak up for merger

    The Roane County School Board has invested countless hours trying to explain to the Roane County Commission the benefits of the K-14 curriculum improvement program, which would involve a consolidation of three high schools.

    At a joint workshop between the Board and Commission Thursday, Harriman High School principal Scott Callahan summed it up in just a few words.

    The K-14 program is about “opportunity and equity,” he said.


    The freedom Matthew Dotson enjoyed since he was charged with murdering his son was taken away Friday evening.

    A Roane County jury of seven men and five women found him guilty on all four counts they had to deliberate from.

    “At this time the defendant’s bond is revoked and he is remanded to custody,” Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton said after the verdict was read.

    Matthew Dotson was then led from the courtroom in handcuffs. His grandmother cried and his mother collapsed on the courtroom floor.

  • Dad in starved tot case found guilty

    The man accused of starving his son to death was found guilty in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday.

    Matthew Dotson was taken into custody immediately following the verdict.

    Seeing her son led away in handcuffs was apparently too much for his mother, who collapsed on the courtroom floor.

    The jury will return to the courthouse on Saturday and decide whether Dotson serves life in prison without parole or life with the possibility of parole.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Was President Obama also chosen by God?

    Gentle reader, last week’s News issues contained several items of interest, but possibly the most interesting were those concerning Henry Redmond. We do not know Mr. Redmond, and had never heard of him until he launched his campaign of diatribes against us which we have hitherto ignored, thinking him to be just another of the intellectually challenged Trumpites seeking some notoriety by attacking his betters.

  • Get around Roane with new transportation options

    Roane County residents looking for transportation now have more access to several of the most popular ridesharing apps.

    Midtown resident Ian Conway said he has been driving for both Uber and Lyft for about a month.

    He said calls have been building as word gets out that he is available.

    “I’m getting one or two calls per week,” he said.

    Although there is a Yellow Cab service in Oak Ridge there is no taxi service based in Roane County, he said.

  • RWSG gets nod to buy another property for offices

    By Richard Evans

    Monday evening, the Rockwood City Council had a chance to view the initial drawings of the proposed office building and operations center for Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas.

    Kim Ramsey, general manager of RWSG, discussed the plans for the two buildings.

    “Plans are in the early stages right now but we’re really excited about it and excited about making an investment in downtown,” Ramsey.

    She introduced David Collins of McCarty Holsaple McCarty Inc., architects responsible for the design of both buildings.