Today's 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.

  • OUT to LUNCH By Bethel Poston: Try the Best Ribs in America at Calhoun’s

    Recently my wife, Carol, asked me, “Why don’t you write about the new Calhoun’s on the River in Oak Ridge? It’s really a fun place, with great food choices.”

    She and 12 of her Oak Ridge High School female classmates had just met for a Monday lunch at Calhoun’s.

    Half of her group had the $5.50 “Monday Only” hamburger special that comes with one side. Of course, I’d want french fries, but most ladies went for a side salad.

  • Chuck’s Delicious ‘just good business’

    To be successful in business, it is said you have to change with the times.

    That’s not true for Chuck’s Deli in Harriman, as owner Sonya Shillings says the longtime business is successful because their formula hasn’t changed.

  • 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.


    Guests at the 71st annual Roane County Chamber of Commerce Banquet celebrated the presentation of Chamber awards and graduation of the Leadership Roane County class of 2017.

    More than 250 attended the event in Rockwood’s Walden Ridge Event Center.

    The honoring of outstanding Chamber members was the highlight of the night, particularly significant being the Paul Cowell Distinguished Service Award.