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Today's News

  • ‘We rescued her, but really, she rescued us’

    Although her owner passed away, a dog has eased into new ownership among residents and staff at Brookdale Senior Living Community in Kingston.

    Izzy came to Brookdale last fall with her owner, unnamed due to privacy concerns, who didn’t want to leave her, explained Brookdale Sales and Marketing Manager Lesa Fuller.

  • School board retreat at home

    From staff reports

    The Roane County Board of Education is staying home.

    After considering a weekend retreat in Gatlinburg, plans were reversed on Friday to have the Jan. 27-29 meeting at Roane State Community College.

    Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said meetings will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sunday. A listing of many of the topics can be found on page 3 of today’s Roane County News.

  • Obama denies O’Neal clemency

    President Barack Obama commuted hundreds of prison sentences last week.

    Ralph O’Neal’s wasn’t one of them.

    The former Roane County resident is serving a life sentence in federal prison for his conviction on drug charges. He applied for clemency, but his petition was denied by Obama on Jan. 18.

    “I had to write a letter in opposition and send them some information,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

  • Use sought for historic Harriman building

    Harriman City Council wants public input on what should become of the Temperance Building as they work toward more grant funding to help stabilize the building.

    “We need to find a use for it,” said Councilman Chris Ahler.

    Ahler said buildings that sit empty “decay faster than buildings being used.”

    Others agreed.

    Mayor Wayne Best encouraged the community to come forward with ideas and bring them to city officials.

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  • Woman injured in crash with sheriff’s K-9 vehicle

    A deputy with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office was involved in an automobile accident Thursday in Rockwood on Gateway Ave. It happened around 5:30 p.m. near Tractor Supply.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said the officer involved was K-9 Deputy Justin Edwards.

    “We just took information from him about the accident,” Stockton said Friday. “He said a lady pulled out in front of him and into his traffic lane and he had to swerve to miss her and struck another vehicle.”

  • Rockwood police chief to step down

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright has announced he will not ask for an extension to his employment contract, effective Jan. 31.

    The contract expires on that date, and Wright confirmed Wednesday that he is leaving the post “strictly for economic reasons.”

    Wright, 62, said according to the state retirement system for law-enforcement employees, he either needs to retire, or require higher compensation to make his stay personally economical.

  • Judge reports phone stolen

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton has relied on landline phones to make calls this week.

    His reversion to that old-school form of communication is not due to a feeling of nostalgia, however.

    “My cellphone was stolen on Sunday,” he said.

    Pemberton said the theft occurred at the Rocky Top Market in Rockwood.

    “He did a report on it,” Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright said. “We have a suspect we’re still trying to locate.”

  • Ex-Rockwood mortician to plead to having child porn

    A former Rockwood funeral director has agreed to enter a guilty plea on one count of knowingly possessing material containing child pornography involving a prepubescent minor.

    Thomas Allan Scarbrough was first federally indicted on Oct. 12, 2015, on one count of distribution of child pornography.

    A second charge of possession of child pornography was added Oct. 20, 2015.

    Scarbrough was arrested in 2015 as part of a nationwide FBI sting involving a child pornography website called Playpen, where Scarbrough had the username “teddybear555.”