Today's News

  • Drug roundup nets 30-plus arrests

    A dozen people were arrested Thursday during a drug round-up operation that targeted methamphetamine dealers, a number of which were in the Rockwood area.

    “It’s essentially a year-long, probably even longer than a year at this point, operation using undercover confidential informants, confidential sources, to target known drug traffickers, drug dealers in Rockwood city and the Rockwood area that are bringing drugs into the community,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

  • Could old hospital be sold?

    By Richard Evans

    Harriman is considering demolishing the old section of the former Harriman Hospital in the city’s downtown to make it more appealing to potential buyers.

    City Manager Kevin Helms agreed to start the process of collecting bids to tear down the two older portions of the hospital building during discussion at the Harriman City Council workshop on Tuesday.

    Councilman Sam Russell suggested tearing down the older portions to make the remaining property more appealing to a potential buyer.

  • Testimony starts in ash spill lawsuit

    When Randy Ellis watched workers cleaning up the TVA ash spill, an image came to mind of comic strip character PigPen being followed by a cloud of dirt wherever he went.

    “Some of them were ankle deep in the fly ash,” Ellis said.

    Ellis, chairman of the Roane County Commission, is one of several people to testify so far in the ash spill worker trial.

  • Mom who starved tot transferred

    The woman who pleaded guilty in the death of her toddler son is no longer incarcerated locally.

    “Amanda Dotson has been transferred from the Roane County Jail to TDOC custody,” Tennessee Department of Correction spokesman Robert Reburn said.

    Clifford Dotson was 2 years old when he died on May 3, 2012.

    His parents, Matthew Dotson and Amanda Dotson, were arrested and charged with his death.

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  • Harriman ups court costs

    By Richard Evans

    Breaking the law in Harriman got a little more expensive Tuesday evening.

    The Harriman City Council approved second reading of an ordinance “to establish reasonable court costs and levy a local litigation tax.”

    In short, court costs for all cases heard in city court will increase to $122.50.

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  • American Horror Story actress to speak at RSCC

    Naomi Grossman is a typically beautiful Hollywood movie star.

    But for her role as “Pepper” on the popular television series “American Horror Story,” she was transformed by makeup and acting skills into a microcephatic woman — cursed with a smaller-than-normal head and a twisted psyche.

    Grossman will be the guest speaker during a free event on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in the O’Brien Theatre on the Roane County campus of Roane State Community College.

  • Willard named the newest chair to the Outdoor Kingston organization

    Outdoor Kingston wishes to announce that Bronna Willard has been elected to succeed Charles Elmore as board chair.

    Willard will begin her term as Board Chair on Aug. 1, 2019.

    A Kingston resident, Willard was a founding board member for Outdoor Kingston and has served two terms as the board’s treasurer.

    A high school special education teacher, Willard resides in Kingston with her husband Terry. She has three adult children.

  • Rockwood candidates face off

    By Richard Evans

    The candidates for Rockwood City Council and Mayor’s race appeared at the Rockwood 2000 forum Monday to meet voters and answer questions.

    The forum was held at the Rockwood Electric Utility building and was hosted by Rockwood 2000 with the help of the Rockwood Civitan Club. Jamie Jordan served as moderator.

    Incumbent councilman Robert “Bobby” Anderson was the first to speak.