Local News

  • Rockwood man’s motion denied in child porn case

    A U.S. Magistrate is denying a motion to suppress evidence in a federal case involving a Rockwood man facing child pornography charges.

    Thomas Allan Scarbrough was arrested in 2015 as part of a nationwide FBI sting involving a child pornography website called Playpen.

    He is arguing evidence from the case should be suppressed because his rights were violated by an illegal search warrant.

  • Youth charged with murder

    The Harriman juvenile accused of shooting his sister’s boyfriend in the head has been charged with delinquent second-degree murder.

    According to the petition signed by Harriman Detective Dan Schneider, Jacob A. Kinney, 15, shot MarStratton Gordon in the head with a .357 round on Sunday, Aug. 28.

    The petition said Gordon was involved in an assault with his girlfriend Amber Kinney when her brother, Jacob Kinney entered the hallway between the siblings’ rooms with a Rossi .357 revolver.

  • Ky. woman shoots at home near Harriman

    A Kentucky woman has been accused of shooting at a home near Harriman.

    Nicole Allyce Black, 28, of Goshen, Ky., is charged with aggravated assault in the Sept. 1 incident.

    According to the warrant, the resident of 145 Martin Circle, Marc Anderson, followed Black after the alleged shooting.

    “He stated that he was about to leave his residence when he observed a black in color Chevrolet Avalanche,” the warrant said, “and he observed Ms. Black shoot approximately five times towards his house at 145 Martin Circle.”

  • Crass, Kerley to stay in on interim basis

    Both sitting office holders remain in the chief finance officer and judge positions in Harriman at this time.

    Harriman City Council recently approved appointing Charles Kerley as chief financial officer and Charles Crass as city judge at a special-called meeting late last month.

    The interim appointments extend no more than 60 days from their current terms.


    Residents of Harriman and surrounding areas filled the streets in good numbers under sunny skies Monday to celebrate Labor Day and the city’s 125th anniversary.

    Classic cars, food and craft vendors lined the sidewalks and the sounds of music from several bands floated on a warm breeze throughout the day.

    State Sen. Ken Yager was on hand talking with residents, visiting the vendors and listening to the sound of the Will Yager Band, which featured his son on bass.

    Yager eyed the classic cars with a look of nostalgia.

  • Still openings in sheriff’s citizens academy

    From staff reports

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office still has spots left for its upcoming citizens academy.

    The group will meet each Thursday from Sept. 8-Nov. 3. The meetings will start at 6:30 p.m.

    The final session will include a graduation ceremony.

    “The academy is a community-oriented policing program promoting a better relationship between the sheriff’s office and the community it serves,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

    There is no cost to attend.

  • Knox woman hits the road to aid 9/11 Memorial Trail

    Jan Walker is combining her bucket list with a way to raise money for a worthy cause.

    The 57-year-old ultra distance runner from Knoxville is making her way across America to raise money and awareness for the Sept. 11 National Memorial Trail.

    “Going coast-to-coast is a big goal,” she said. “It’s kind of like a bucket-list thing for me.”

  • Tattoo artist says sex charge untrue

    A Harriman tattoo artist is concerned sexual harassment allegations could ruin his life.

    Joshua Argubright operates Ain’t Rite Ink on South Roane Street in Harriman. He was arrested on Aug. 29 for sexual battery. The alleged victim is his former apprentice.

    “[Expletive] the tattoo business,” Argubright said Friday. “This could screw me for life.”

    The case was investigated by Harriman Police Lt. Kent Warren. According to the warrant, Argubright sexually harassed the alleged victim on multiple occasions.

  • Swan Pond 'field of dreams' almost ready for sports action

    Construction work is wrapping up on the first phase of the Swan Pond Sports Complex.

    Things are so far along that Roane County Executive Ron Woody said youth sports teams can start playing on the fields.

    “The fields are ready,” he said. “They may even be played on this weekend.”

    While the fields may be ready, there’s still other work to be done.