Local News

  • 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.


    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