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  • 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.

  • Rockwood taking break from annual home tour

    Rockwood 2000 celebrated its 21st Christmas Tour of Homes in 2011.
    There won’t be a 22nd — at least, not this year.
    “We couldn’t get enough homes to have a quality tour,” said Mary Kau, Rockwood 2000 president. “I’m afraid it would have been very disappointing with the few we were able to get signed up this year.”
    The city’s revitalization, preservation and beautification organization will revisit the fundraiser again next year if more participants are interested in showing their homes.

  • More indicted in busted-up pill operation

    The oxycodone ring taken down earlier this year was a multi-million dollar enterprise.
    According to indictments in the case, a minimum of $4 million was paid directly or indirectly to the defendants during the course of the scheme that allegedly began in September 2010 and ended this past June.
    Twenty-three people from Roane County were indicted in U.S. District Court for oxycodone trafficking and money laundering conspiracies in June.
    A superseding indictment filed in the case this month charges an additional 10 defendants.

  • It takes teamwork to feed the hungry
  • Slave ancestor provides important lessons

    Born into bondage in 1845, Adeline Staples Crozier could not have dreamed that her descendants would produce four generations of college graduates.

    That includes almost a dozen teachers, several doctors, lawyers and engineers, a World War II bomber pilot and also a student who helped integrate the Clinton school system.

    “It seems like getting an education was our way to succeed,” said her great-great granddaughter, Julia Hopper Daniel of Oliver Springs.

    Daniel discovered Adeline’s legacy 20 years ago while tracing her family roots.

  • Police worried over stolen badges

    Be wary of who is behind that badge.
    That’s the warning issued by Kingston’s police chief after badges, handcuffs, pepper spray and possibly even police uniforms were stolen recently from a local police supply store.
    The items, stolen from A-1 Tactical on 901 E. Race St. late last week, were described as “police-specific in nature,” and included six pair of handcuffs, four Tennessee Highway Patrol chaplain badges, two flashlights and 20 Freeze+P (pepper spray) keychain units.