Scarlett Sims, a stay-at-home mom from Oak Ridge, emerged as the new champion on “Jeopardy!” on Thursday, a press release said.
The 12-game winning streak of New York City bartender Austin Rogers came to an end during that episode of the television quiz show. Rogers’ run netted him $411,000 in prize money and attracted legions of fans who made the quirky contestant a viral sensation, the press release said.
Rogers finished his run in fifth place on the all-time regular-season (non-tournament) winnings list, the press release said. He will return for the “Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions,” airing November 6-17.
“Jeopardy!” airs in Knoxville on WBIR-TV in Knoxville.
WBIR reported that Thursday’s appearance on “Jeopardy!” was a first for Sims. The television station said Sims correctly answered all five questions in a category about East Tennessee’s own Dolly Parton on her way to the win. Competing on the show has been a life-long dream, Sims told WBIR.
Sims will be on Friday’s episode of “Jeopardy!” It airs at 7:30 p.m. on WBIR.
Sims graduated from Mariposa County High School in Mariposa, California, in 2004, and she graduated from Tulane University, where she studied the French language, in 2008, according to her Facebook page. Sims has also studied library science at the University of Alabama, her Facebook page said. She now lives in Oak Ridge.