Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Starry Night at the Gala

    Guests will experience a “Starry Night” at the 16th annual Gala benefitting the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    The celestial celebration of children, the arts and science will be from 6-10 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Museum at 461 W. Outer Drive.


    While Thanksgiving tops the charts for family and friends coming together to enjoy food and one another’s company, it’s also the leading day for U.S. home cooking fires.

  • Five from Roane complete regional Leadership program

    Five Roane Countians recently completed the East Tennessee Regional Leadership Association training.

    Saundra Bandy, Chris Barton, Michaele Butler, Dina Jackson and Jason Pilant were among those in the largest class in the history of the organization that hales almost 500 alumni from the 16 county East Tennessee region.

    They were among those honored by the Association’s board of directors during a graduation ceremony on Nov. 14 in Knoxville.

    Joan Cronan, inaugural recipient of the NCAA President’s Pat Summitt Award, was the keynote speaker.

  • Free Thanksgiving dinner at Ruby’s

    Ruby’s restaurant in downtown Oliver Springs will be offering free Thanksgiving dinners to anyone who stops by on Thursday between noon and 3 p.m.

    “Thanksgiving is about community,” said Clyde Young, who opened Ruby’s with his wife Joanne and sister Joanne Hackler in March.

    Young said everybody in the community who would like to sit down to a good, old-fashioned Thanksgiving dinner is welcome to eat with friends and members of the community.

  • How to cook your Thanksgiving Turkey

    Editor’s note: While we’re all making our Thanksgiving menu preparations, we thought we’d ask some experts for new and unique ways to prepare the centerpiece of Thursday’s meal. You are, of course, welcome to stick to traditional methods of preparing your turkey. A special thanks to Midtown Elementary Principal Kendra Inman, first-grade teachers Anthony Normile and Kayla Wadlington and their students for helping with this project. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Schools next to counter opioids

    The opioid epidemic is so dire that the Roane County Board of Education is looking at establishing a policy to govern the use of Intranasal Naloxone, a nasal spray that can counteract the effects of an opioid overdose.

    “We’re not doing it yet, but basically if a student is in danger due to drug use or something that’s life threatening, this would make available something to potentially save a child’s life,” Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said.

  • Thompson thrilled to play for Raiders

    By Bob Fowler

    for the Roane County News

    Tyler Thompson has been a fan of Roane State Community College ever since he was a freshman at Roane County High School.

    That’s when Randy Nesbit, head coach of the Roane State Raiders, noticed the gangly teen shooting left-handed as a member of the Yellow Jackets’ basketball team.

    Nesbit coaxed Thompson into trying some right-handed shots, and the rest, as they say, is history.