Local News

  • Detective charged with DUI in Knox

    Roane County Sheriff’s Detective Greg Scalf is on administrative leave with pay following his arrest for driving under the influence last week in Knox County.

    According to an incident report, Scalf, 43, was stopped on Nov. 17 while driving the wrong way on Interstate 40.

    “I spoke with him Friday when he was released,” said Scalf’s boss, Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    “He’s remorseful. It’s a bad decision he made, and he understands that there’s going to be consequences.”


    While Thanksgiving tops the charts for family and friends coming together to enjoy food and one another’s company, it’s also the leading day for U.S. home cooking fires.

  • Five from Roane complete regional Leadership program

    Five Roane Countians recently completed the East Tennessee Regional Leadership Association training.

    Saundra Bandy, Chris Barton, Michaele Butler, Dina Jackson and Jason Pilant were among those in the largest class in the history of the organization that hales almost 500 alumni from the 16 county East Tennessee region.

    They were among those honored by the Association’s board of directors during a graduation ceremony on Nov. 14 in Knoxville.

    Joan Cronan, inaugural recipient of the NCAA President’s Pat Summitt Award, was the keynote speaker.

  • Free Thanksgiving dinner at Ruby’s

    Ruby’s restaurant in downtown Oliver Springs will be offering free Thanksgiving dinners to anyone who stops by on Thursday between noon and 3 p.m.

    “Thanksgiving is about community,” said Clyde Young, who opened Ruby’s with his wife Joanne and sister Joanne Hackler in March.

    Young said everybody in the community who would like to sit down to a good, old-fashioned Thanksgiving dinner is welcome to eat with friends and members of the community.

  • How to cook your Thanksgiving Turkey

    Editor’s note: While we’re all making our Thanksgiving menu preparations, we thought we’d ask some experts for new and unique ways to prepare the centerpiece of Thursday’s meal. You are, of course, welcome to stick to traditional methods of preparing your turkey. A special thanks to Midtown Elementary Principal Kendra Inman, first-grade teachers Anthony Normile and Kayla Wadlington and their students for helping with this project. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Schools next to counter opioids

    The opioid epidemic is so dire that the Roane County Board of Education is looking at establishing a policy to govern the use of Intranasal Naloxone, a nasal spray that can counteract the effects of an opioid overdose.

    “We’re not doing it yet, but basically if a student is in danger due to drug use or something that’s life threatening, this would make available something to potentially save a child’s life,” Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said.

  • Roane Academy sold

    From staff reports

    Omni Visions no longer owns Roane Academy.

    “Roane Academy has been sold,” Omni Visions spokeswoman Jennifer Wigal said Friday. “I can send you a statement regarding that.”

    Wigal did not provide that statement and she also didn’t respond to questions about who purchased Roane Academy.

    “Unfortunately, I am unable to provide a statement at this time,” she said later via email.

  • Man says wiring scam cleaned out account

    A Rockwood man reported being scammed out of some money last week.

    Bossie Davidson met with Detective Josh Rymer at the police station on Nov. 13 to discuss how he got swindled.

    “Davidson stated that a woman, Theresa Chalker Brown, whom he has known for about a year, asked him to help her,” the report said.

    “Brown wanted to deposit checks in Davidson’s bank account and then have him send the money to her via wire transfer.”

    The report said Davidson agreed and provided Brown his bank account information.

  • Coalition ‘takes back’ 45.6 pounds of meds

    According to the Tennessee Department of Health, 85,567 painkiller prescriptions were filled in Roane County in 2016.

    When broken down into morphine milligram equivalents, that means enough opiates were filled in Roane County to provide every person with 183 10-milligram hydrocodone pills.