In 1996, Carroll Ross was appointed to fill a judge’s shoes in the 10th Judicial District. He was re-elected twice and in August 2014, will be hanging up his robe.
“I certainly owe a deep debt of gratitude to Gov. Don Sundquist for the confidence he showed in me when he originally appointed me to this position,” Ross said.
Ross was appointed to fill out the term of the late Judge Mayo Mashburn.
Ross has been active in the Monroe, McMinn, Polk and Bradley County Criminal Court systems.
“I feel that myself and the residents of these counties are fortunate to have such fine and professional public servants of the court and law enforcement,” Ross said.
He said one of his greatest “likes” about his job, was the people whom he worked with almost daily during his career.
Ross was elected to serve in the 10th Judicial District in 1996 (after the initial appointment) and again in 2006.
In his judicial capacity, he has been primarily responsible for handling the criminal docket with Judge Amy Reedy.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Judge Reedy for these past several years, and, with her assistance, the 10th Judicial District has one of the most current dockets in the entire state,” Ross said.
“None of this would have been possible without the cooperation and hard work of Jerry N. Estes and R. Steven Bebb, the two district attorneys general who have so ably served the people of this district during my tenure in office.”
Estes was responsible for helping establish a newer program designed to curb recividism in the courts.
Drug Court was established approximately 10 years ago in Bradley County.
Each Tuesday evening, Ross will make determinations on offenders who are caught up in the system. Based on attitude, the need/want for help and other factors, offenders may be placed in the Drug Court program.
“The Drug Court program is still a fairly new concept,” Ross explained.
“Our aim is to help an addicted person through rehabilitation. If we send someone to the penitentiary for 10 years and no one has helped them beat their addiction, they may continue their old behaviors after their release. We want to help solve this problem through the Drug Court program,” Ross said.
“I have also been fortunate to work with one of the best defense bars in the state of Tennessee,” Ross said.
“Richard Hughes, our district public defender, the members of his staff, and the members of the private defense bar in this district are among the most professional in our state.”
“All of the courts in our district are run extremely well,” Ross said, “and it makes my job much easier when I have efficient clerks and competent sheriffs to assist us in the court system.”
“The highlight of my career has been being able to serve the four counties. I hope I have done well for all of the residents,” Ross said.
When not wearing his robe, Ross is active in French and Indian War and Revolutionary War re-enactments.
He is a multi-faceted musician as well.
Ross said he was announcing his decision to retire at the end of his present term of office in order to allow interested candidates to adequately prepare for their campaign in the upcoming election of 2014.