Local News

  • Harriman man wins million in the lottery

    Fortunes changed quickly Monday evening for Harriman resident Devin Brown.

    He scratched off a $1 million dollar lottery ticket.

    Brown, who works for Best Exterminating, walked into the Citgo on North Roane Street with his father at around 9 p.m. Monday evening to buy some lottery tickets.

    Devin usually buys the $2 Jumbos, but for some reason he decided to take a chance on a $1 Million Platinum Payout, which costs $20 a ticket.

    It was the first big ticket he ever bought.

  • Rockwood aiming to help seniors

    By Richard Evans

    Unemployed senior citizens in Roane County could soon have an opportunity at a part-time job in Rockwood.

    The Rockwood City Council approved a resolution Monday night for the city to be a host agency for the Senior Community Service Employment Program. The program, administered by East Tennessee Human Resources Agency, comes at no cost to the city.


    Two-year-old Clifford Dotson suffered a horrendous death.

    That’s not in dispute.

    The point of contention stems around the culpability of his father, Matthew Dotson.

    “Matt did not know the condition of his son,” defense attorney Phil Lomonaco said. “He did not know.”

    Clifford died on May 3, 2012 from starvation.

    “At autopsy, Clifford weighed 12 pounds,” Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said.

  • County talks school building program again

    The Roane County Board of Education and Roane County Commission plan to meet for a joint work session Thursday, Jan. 31, at Harriman High School.

    “This meeting will include a presentation of the building program to the Roane County Commission,” the public notice said.

    The meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

  • Burglars eye officer’s property

    Two burglary suspects picked the wrong house last week.

    Not only did it belong to a police officer, but it also featured a surveillance system that helped lead to their arrest.

    The suspects, identified as Michael Shawn Walker and Shawn Edward Ridener, are facing multiple charges in the incident.

    Jamie Melton, an officer with the Kingston Police Department, lives at the home, which is located in the city of Rockwood. Melton was at work on Jan. 24 when the incident happened.

  • Police look into Harbor Freight theft

    Rockwood police are looking into an alleged theft of cash committed at Harbor Freight.

    According to the report, Sgt. Jason Halliburton responded to the store earlier this month and spoke with Dan Butler, who works in loss prevention.

    He told Halliburton a former employee stole $6,507.98 in cash over a span of about three-and-a-half months.

    The scheme reportedly involved the ex-employee punching in a UPC code from merchandise on the shelf and making a gift card.

  • Snow day welcome reprieve from sickness in the schools

    Interim Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes welcomed Tuesday’s cancellation of classes.

    The school system has been dealing with some sickness issues, and he was hoping the time off could help that subside.

    “We got to 11 percent last Friday,” Aytes said. “Normally you get up around 15 percent you have to start looking, especially if it’s your staff and you can’t get subs.”

    School officials decided to cancel classes Tuesday because forecasts called for snow.