Today's News

  • No light duty in Rockwood jobs

    Light duty is no longer an option for Rockwood city workers with illnesses or injuries.

    Rockwood officials passed first reading of an ordinance establishing a policy regarding light duty at last month’s City Council meeting.

    The city’s Civil Service Board asked the council to create a written policy after issues of how department heads should handle requests for light duty were brought up.

  • 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

    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.

  • Arests: Nov. 19-29, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Nov. 19 — Billy Dauntaviou Sullivan, 21, 135 Melvin Drive, Harriman: no charge listed. No bond or court date listed.

    Nov. 20 — William Elmer Brown, 57, 165 Branham Hollow Road, Ten Mile: possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession or casual exchange, contributing to delinquency of a minor. Total bond $3,500; court date Dec. 3.

  • Slight increase in October unemployment

    Roane County’s unemployment rate was up 0.2 percent  in October, according to statistics released late last month from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures indicate that the county’s jobless rate for October was 7.3 percent, up from 7.1 percent in September.

  • Dolsen on medical lab board

    Stephanie Dolsen, laboratory manager of Knoxville’s American Esoteric Laboratories, has been appointed to the Tennessee Medical Laboratory Board.

    In her board position as a laboratory supervisor representative, Dolsen will be responsible for protecting the health of Tennessee residents through regulation of the health-care workforce, enforcement of practice laws and ensuring adequate levels of professional competence and standards of practice.

    Her board term is effective immediately and runs through Dec. 31, 2015.