Local News

  • Improper student relationship ‘bull,’ ex-coach says

    Over a year has passed since former Harriman High School boys basketball coach Jeff King was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.
    King is finally speaking out about the allegations and the end of his employment with the school system.
    “I’m innocent of everything,” he said.

    On June 3, 2012, former Harriman High student Courtney Thomas, who had just turned 18, was arrested for breaking into King’s Sweetwater home. The school year had not long ended.

  • Bowled over by Special Olympics
  • Harriman Care and Rehab appreciates area veterans
  • ‘Run for Your Health’ planned for Saturday

    Roane County Schools’ fifth annual “Run for Your Health” 5k race/walk will be on Nov. 2 at Fort Southwest Point, Kingston.
    Entry fee is $25; student entry fee is $10.
    The walking division will begin at 8:30 a.m., with runners to start at 9.
    Registration tables will open at 7:30.
    Registration forms are available at roaneschools.com or from Patti Wells at 882-3700, Ext. 1910, or pawells@roaneschools.com.

  • Two arts grants recipients in Roane

    Roane Choral Society and Kingston Library Foundation were recently chosen as recipients of Tennessee Arts Build Communities grants for art projects from non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations.
    The grant program is designed to provide support for arts projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, or enhance the sustainability of asset-based cultural enterprises.
    These grants benefit an estimated 130,000 people each year.

  • Three from Roane among AMTEC grads

    Three Roane Countians are among the recent area graduates of Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center.
    Ben Miller of Harriman and Dustin Cooper and Debbie Vowell, both of Oliver Springs, are among those completing the 14-week course based at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

    AMTEC is the college’s no-cost, high-tech training program for those who are unemployed or underemployed.
    Participants are trained to work as manufacturing technicians.

  • August jobless trends continued to improve in Roane, statewide

    Things continued to improve on the employment front in August, with Roane County’s jobless rate reported at 8.1 percent, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
    That’s 0.2 percent lower than reported in July, state records indicate.
    The most recent numbers indicate that 25,070 workers in Roane County’s 27,280 labor force were employed during the month.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Lunch with the Scarbrough family at new Rockwood eatery

    I saw the grand-opening announcement last July in the Roane County News for Scarbrough’s Restaurant in Rockwood at 114 N. Gateway Ave.
    “That’s where Steffano’s Pizza & Grille used to be,” came to my mind.
    I wrote an “Out to Lunch” article on Steffano’s in April 2010.
    Darrell and Hilary Scarbrough and their children, Cameron and Izabella, own the new restaurant. Some of the dishes on the menu are named after the children.

  • Grand jury roundup
  • Pawnshop worker points gun at deputy

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective A.E. Wolff reported that a man pointed a revolver at his chest last Wednesday.
    The suspect, Jesse Daniel Robards, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault in the incident.

    According to the warrant, Wolff, Lt. Tony Guy and Detective Brandon Kittrell went to Kingston Jewelry and Pawn on West Race Street to arrest Brandon Parish.