Local News

  • Rockwood police looking into report of sexual assault aboard school bus

    Rockwood police are investigating an alleged sexual assault that occurred on a Roane County school bus.

    According to the report, Roane County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer Greg Sims contacted Rockwood Police Department Detective Dwayne Gray about the alleged incident on April 25.

    “Deputy Sims informed me there had been a sexual assault on a student and that it had happened on school bus away from the school,” the report said.

  • OS Depot may get $100,000 boost

    Oliver Springs may get some needed help to renovate the former L&N depot.

    A $100,000 state appropriation is included in Gov. Bill Haslam’s amended budget proposal.

    This appropriation would give the town and the Oliver Springs Historical Society a hand up in renovating the depot, which houses the Oliver Springs Public Library and a small museum with historical artifacts such as railroad and mining equipment.

    That appropriation “is going to help us save that building,” said Oliver Springs Mayor Cecil Crowe.

  • Kingston library using grant for new laptops

    Kingston Public Library will be getting new laptops and technical training, thanks to a $9,900 state grant.

    “We really appreciate it. We really needed it because the laptops we have are really old,” said Kingston Public Library Director Emily Steele.

    Kingston Public Library hopes to offer computer classes, and the laptops will be a great benefit to that initiative.

  • Harriman tattoo artist’s legal woes not over

    A tattoo artist’s deal to resolve his criminal case has fallen apart.

    Joshua Argubright, who operates Ain’t Rite Ink in Harriman, was arrested on charges of sexual battery and theft of property on Aug. 29.

    The accuser is his former apprentice. She alleged Argubright sexually harassed her and refused to return her tattooing equipment after she stopped training at his shop.

  • Ohioans jailed on marijuana, other charges

    An alleged out of state drug trafficker was arrested in Rockwood Thursday.

    Police charged Ashley Nichole Bragdon with being a fugitive from justice, criminal impersonation, driving on a suspended license and manufacture, delivery or sell of marijuana.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Brandon Smith observed a gray Honda driving erratic on South Gateway Avenue. Smith stopped the car at Tedder Street and Front Avenue.

  • Rockwood borrowing for grant flexibility

    A resolution that passed the Rockwood City Council unanimously last week will give the city more cash flow flexibility when dealing with grant funding.

    Currently the city is in line to receive a number of grants totaling up to about $2.7 million that require matching funds.

    “We’re working on three grants right now,” said City Administrator Becky Ruppe.

    For example, a sidewalk project might be billed $25,000. The city would borrow the money to pay the bill and then submit the paperwork for reimbursement to the state.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Make Rockwood’s High School Great Again!

    Gentle reader, we read, as we suspect you did also, Mr. Paul Kamikawa’s letter published in last Friday’s News, written, he says, in response to our recent articles, particularly as to Rockwood High School’s status in general, and ACT score performance in particular.

  • Driver stuck on tracks charged with DUI

    A 30-year-old man allegedly got his car stuck on the railroad tracks in Rockwood when he attempted to drive around a stopped Norfolk Southern train Saturday morning.

    Police responded and charged Cody Lee Galyon, 418 New Hope Road, Rockwood, with driving under the influence, driving on a revoked license, reckless endangerment and implied consent law.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich responded to the tracks around 1 a.m.