Local News

  • Oak Ridge hopes to take off with airport

    By Richard Evans/Hugh G. Willett

    Oak Ridge officials are optimistic that plans for an airport at the old K-25 site will soon take off.

    Oak Ridge is the largest city in Tennessee without an airport.

    City Manager Mark Watson said a new airport is still a few years away, but the project is moving forward.

    “We are on the state’s master plan and eligible for grants,” he said.

  • Dad’s trial for child starvation to start today

    What was possibly the final pretrial hearing in the child starvation case was held at the Roane County Courthouse on Jan. 23.

    Two-year-old Clifford Dotson died on May 3, 2012. His parents, Matthew and Amanda Dotson, were accused of starving him to death.

    Amanda Dotson reached a plea deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty in September to facilitation of first-degree murder by child neglect and aggravated child abuse. She’s serving a 40-year prison sentence.

  • Commission not happy with updated road list

    Roane County’s updated road list didn’t include three roads that the Roane County Commission voted to adopt in August 2017.

    Some commissioners had a problem with that.

    The roads, Bournemouth Drive, West Williams Road and Lake Overlook Road, are in Pioneer Village subdivision south of Rockwood.

    “They are county roads and they need to be on our road list,” Commissioner David Bell said at the Jan. 14 Commission meeting.

    The updated road list was on the agenda under committee reports and correspondence.

  • Sparky given warm goodbye at retirement party

    The Kingston Public Works Department bid a fond farewell to Doug ‘Sparky’ Romines after a 23 year career by holding a reception for him at the city garage earlier this month.

    Doug, affectionately known as “Sparky,” got his nickname early in his career.

    Romines said he had just started at the department when the rest of the staff were in a safety meeting and he decided to tackle the task of fixing a tractor that had accidentally been filled with gasoline instead of diesel fuel.

  • County has clean audit

    Roane County’s latest audit had no findings.

    “It’s always good not to have any findings,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “That’s for any organization.”

    Roane County is audited annually by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury. The latest audit was released on Friday. It covered the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2018.

    “Our audit resulted in no findings,” the Comptroller’s Office said.

  • Man arrested for trying to pick up underage female

    Another man has been busted for allegedly trying to pickup someone who purported to be an underage female. James Kenneth Carroll, 54, is charged with solicitation of aggravated statutory rape.

    According to the warrant, Carroll chatted with a Facebook Messenger profile that he believed was a 16-year-old female.

    It was actually a law enforcement agent working undercover.

    “During the conversations, Carroll solicited the minor to meet so that she could engage in sex acts with Carroll,” the warrant said.


    The Cadillac Grill restaurant located at 108 N Gateway Ave. in Rockwood opened its doors on Tuesday.

    Owner Kevin Hill boasts the new eatery is “the only true sports bar in Roane County.”

    It offers a variety of beers — 16 draft, and 25 bottle selections.

    Hill hopes to get his liquor license in time for the Super Bowl so he can serve wine and liquor.

    Food is also an important part of the fare, which consists of 12 sandwiches, 14 appetizers, four salads, and four desserts for those who want to satisfy their sweet tooth.

  • Director search ad now posted

    Roane County Schools has posted the notice of vacancy for its director of schools position.

    “The applicant shall meet all qualifications and licensure standards for Director of Schools prescribed by Tennessee Code Annotated and the Tennessee State Board of Education,” the notice states. “The applicant is required to reside in Roane County, Tennessee within six months of appointment, and for the duration of the employment contract.”

    People seeking the position must also have a Bachelor of Science degree.

  • Roane County woman accused of allowing drug activity in home

    A Roane County woman is accused of allowing drug activity to be conducted out of her residence.

    According to the warrant, agents with the Ninth Judicial District Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 4731 Kingston Hwy., on Jan. 18.

    “During the execution of these warrants, agents recovered two firearms, approximately 12 grams of methamphetamine and additional paraphernalia and prescription pills,” the warrant said.

    “At the time of the warrant there were eight people found in the residence.”

  • Schools look at funding high school courses

    Offering the same courses in all five Roane County high schools won’t be cheap. Board of Education members heard some figures during a committee meeting on Tuesday.

    “Just for teachers alone and offering the courses it’s $2 million?” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller asked.

    “That’s for regular education curriculum, not including CTE (career and technical education),” Assistant Director of Schools Russell Jenkins responded.