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  • School budget cut $40,000

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    The Morgan County Board of Education will meet in a special session Thursday evening to attempt to balance its budget.

    County commissioners cut an additional $40,000 of the school budget Monday night but Director of Schools Mike Davis said Tuesday morning that there’s more problems than that.

  • Roane on route of run for war dead

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A group of runners made their way through Roane County Thursday morning in memory of members of the U.S. Armed Forces who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    The relay team with Run for the Fallen started the trek in Fort Irwin, Calif., and will end it at the gates to Arlington National Cemetery.

    The run will cover more 4,000 miles and 13 states before it finishes on Aug. 24, accord-ing to a release.

  • Nunley tackles all open trails in Smoky Mts.

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Breathtaking views, the serenity of wind-rustled leaves and the feeling of accomplishment from a task well done made a physically demanding challenge a constant pleasure for one Kingston man.

    Earlier this year, Cliff Nunley completed his goal of hiking all of the open trails of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Nunley hikes for the joy of being outside. He at first didn’t worry about hiking the entire park.

  • Swan Pond water issues may be resolved

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    A heated discussion over water or lack thereof erupted at the Kingston City Council meeting Tuesday night.

    Swan Pond Road residents asked the council for help in getting them pressurized water.

    Weve been trying to get water for over 20 years, said Randy Ellis, who was representing his 85-year-old grandmother.

    City manager Jim Pinkerton said some residents are able to access the city's gravity line but do not get the pressure they need.

  • Kirkham beats Robinette; Kingston school board seats change

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    People gathered in the hallway on the first floor at the courthouse told the story of the county election. The only ones who stuck around to hear the final results Thursday night were the winners and their supporters.

  • Morgan County voting results

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    With only 2,667 voters turning on in Morgan County races were determined by a small percentage of those eligible to vote.

    In county races, Carol Hamby will remain County Clerk for two more years completing the unexpired term of Tim Steelman who was elected to the office in 2006 but resigned after only a few months on that term in office. Hamby received 1412 votes to her challenger Sheila Aytes Wilson's 1130 votes.

    Assessor of Property - Biff Wilson, unopposed, received 2,010 votes.

  • Powers wants more HUB change

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Harriman City Councilman Mark Powers is continuing his push for change to the Harriman Utility Board.

    Powers, the city council representative to the utility board, recently proposed that the HUB board be eliminated. He suggested the city council oversee the city’s utility operations.

    HUB board members who weren’t already ending their terms resigned after his comments, and with Powers’ approval, the city appointed new members in their place.

  • Early voting light for this set of races

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Turnout was relatively light during early voting.

    According to the Roane County Election Commission, 3,206 votes were cast during the period, which ran from July 18 through Aug. 2.

    In the Aug. 3, 2006, countywide election, 6,662 people cast their ballots in early voting.

    Election Day is this Thursday. The polls open at 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

  • County to restructure debt

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    When county commissioners meet on Aug. 11, one of the decisions they will have to make will be how to restructure the county’s debt.

    Scott Gibson, with the county’s financial advisory group, spoke to members of the budget committee about the impact the poor economic housing market has had on the county’s bonded indebtedness.

    Gibson explained that providers for the county’s municipal bonds have fallen below an AAA rating.

  • Free breakfasts planned for students

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Peggy Hamby, director of Food Services for Morgan County Schools, is going to try out a special breakfast promotion during the first month of school.

    Hamby said that during the month of August any child eating breakfast at school will not be charged. Breakfast at school will be free for all children. All your child has to do is show up in the school cafeteria and get in line.

    Hamby said that if the program is successful it may actually continue beyond August.