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Today's 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.”

  • A Roane State Christmas
  • Crash kills cyclist

    A man riding a bicycle on Highway 61 was struck by a pickup truck and killed last Friday.

    The accident happened around 6:45 p.m. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

    The man killed was identified as Brent E. Carroll of Harriman. He was 37.

    According to the THP report, Carroll was on a bicycle headed east on Highway 61. Austin M. Hicks, 24, was also headed east in a 2003 Dodge pickup truck when Carroll was struck from behind.

    “The cyclist was not wearing any reflective clothing or safety equipment,” the report said.

  • New owners of Roane Academy plan no layoffs

    From staff reports

    Youth Opportunity Investments is the company that purchased Roane Academy from Omni Visions.

    YOI President Jim Hill confirmed the purchase on Monday.

    The company operates the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center, which is a 32-bed, maximum security facility that also serves as the intake and assessment center for youths taken into custody in the Nashville metro area. In addition to Tennessee, the company also owns and operates facilities in Michigan, Indiana, Florida and Texas.

  • Worker disputing demotion granted bonus

    The Rockwood Electric Utility Board approved a $15,000 bonus to cover lost wages and benefits for an employee appealing his demotion.

    Larry A. Thompson said his demotion was related to a 2015 driving under the influence charge in Cumberland County.

    Thompson said that charge was later reduced to reckless endangerment not involving a vehicle as part of a settlement.

    The $15,000 approved is to cover back pay. He will also be reimbursed for 80 hours of vacation and 80 hours of sick leave.

  • ‘Menace’ label cited for venue change

    The last time Larry Adkisson faced a Roane County jury he was found guilty. He doesn’t want to face another one at his next trial.

    Adkisson’s lawyer, Ian McCabe of Knoxville, filed a motion last week requesting a change of venue.

    McCabe claims potential jurors have been tainted by coverage of Adkisson in the Roane County News.

  • Midtown collision sends folks to hospital
  • Man says biker threatened him

    Jayson Turner of Rockwood told police he was threatened by a man on a motorcycle last week.

    Turner knows the alleged perpetrator, Larry Shane Chrisco, according to the report.

    “I spoke with Jayson Turner on Nov. 15, 2017, at the Roane County Health Department about harassment and threats he has been receiving from Larry Shane Chrisco,” Officer Jared Hall wrote in his report.

    “He told me this all started over a motorcycle he bought from him about four months ago.”

  • A hole lot of digging
  • Get through the holidays with your health

    It’s an exhausting, stressful time of the year, and Kingston Public Library and Roane County UT Extension Office aim to help their neighbors get through the holiday season.

    The two are teaming up to present a pair of workshops in the coming weeks at the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    “How to Have a Healthy Holiday” will be on Nov. 30, with “Dealing With Holiday Stress” planned for the following week on Dec. 7.

    Roane County Extension Agent Kristina Casterline will give the presentations, both of which start at 6 p.m.