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  • Courthouse received no bomb threat, searched as precaution

    More than 20 courthouses around Tennessee reportedly received bomb threats on Nov. 27.

    Roane County’s wasn’t among them, but officials here didn’t sit idly by.

    “We went ahead and searched ours
    as a precaution,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips
    said.

    No bomb was found during the search, he added.

    County Executive Ron Woody said officials decided to search the courthouse because they wanted to be proactive and not wait for a threat.

  • New roof for historic structure

    The heart of Harriman, the castle-like Temperance Building, will be getting a new roof.

    A storm damaged part of the existing roof, and Harriman Mayor Chris Mason confirmed last month that the Tennessee Municipal League’s insurance pool will be paying for the project.

    Harriman City Council voted to take bids on the work, a process that left Ron Decker disappointed.

  • Rockwood takes on new health and educational facilities board

    A Rockwood Health and Educational Facilities Board has been reborn to allow medical facilities such as Victorian Square to acquire bonds.

    The Victorian Square building formerly housed Chamberlain Memorial Hospital and its successor, Baptist Hospital of Roane County.

    Victorian Square rents the facility from the Chamberlain Board, which Mayor James Watts said approached him to re-establish the health and educational facilities board.

  • Rarity Ridge developer indicted

    Michael L. Ross, the man behind Roane County’s Rarity Ridge and several other high-end developments in East Tennessee, was indicted on 28 counts in U.S. District Court last week.

    He faces one count of mail fraud, 12 counts of wire fraud and 15 counts of money laundering.

    According to the indictment, from December 2006 to December 2009, Ross devised a scheme to defraud people who bought real estate for his business.

  • Man pleads guilty to selling cocaine near school zone

    A man serving time for a drug-related crime has a lengthier sentence after entering a guilty plea last Wednesday for the sale of less than 5 grams of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school zone.

    Assistant District Attorney Bill Reedy said the state was ready to go with a jury trial for Jovan Ivy, 26, but Ivy decided to plead guilty.

    “He pled to eight years to serve consecutively to the sentence he is already serving,” Reedy said.

  • Fun time at Ridge View career fair

    Ridge View Elementary School students had a front-row seat to a number of interesting jobs during a recent career fair at the Rockwood school.

  • No one fights alone: Cherokee team dedicates season to Amy Workman

    The school mascot is a yellow jacket, but lately the Cherokee Middle girls basketball team has been sporting some zebra stripe.

    That’s because the team has dedicated its season to Amy Workman.

    “It was awesome,” she said of the team’s gesture. “I had no idea they were going to do it.”

    Workman is battling neuroendocrine carcinoma. The ribbon for her type of cancer is zebra stripe. The slogan is “No one fights alone.”

  • Rockwood says no to ex-official for bldg. duties

    A former Rockwood City Council member will not be taking over part-time building inspector duties.

    Vice Mayor Peggy Evans passed on a vote to hire Harold Ishman for $30 an hour.

    “To pay what could be paid out on this is an enormous amount of money,” Evans said, “and we’re trying to save money every way that we can.”

    Council members Mike Freeman and Bill Thompson voted against the motion, while council members Jason Jolly, Pete Wright and Jane Long voted in favor of it.

  • Police badges, no uniforms, stolen at store

    The owner of A-1 Tactical told authorities no police uniforms were taken during a break-in at his store.

    “That’s what the owner is saying,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    The offense report filed in the case on Nov. 23 said, “there is a possibility of full uniform sets taken as well, as the owners were moving merchandise to another store location.”

    Police items that were reported stolen included handcuffs, pepper spray, flashlights and four Tennessee Highway Patrol chaplain badges.

  • MOORE LETTERS MEAN MORE MONEY

    Christmas is about giving, and one Cherokee Middle School student who embodies that spirit is collecting Santa letters to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
    Madeline Moore decided she wanted to collect the letters after seeing Macy’s commercials that promise the retail powerhouse will donate up to $1 million — $1 per letter — to the charitable organization which grants dreams to terminally ill youngsters.
    “I just love helping people that need the help and deserve the help,” said Madeline.