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  • Man killed in two-car accident

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    A 38-year-old Deer Lodge man died Monday from injuries he sustained in a two-car accident Sunday at about 11 p.m.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Brittany Morgan, 19, of Wartburg was traveling north on Highway 27 in a 1997 Ford Mustang.

    Tony L. Thornton, 38 of Deer Lodge, was following behind her in a 1988 Ford Ranger pickup.

  • Tax-freeze program complex, officials say

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    From Roane, to an overnight stay in Knox, and up to Hawkins.

    That was part of Tom Fleming’s travel itinerary last week.

    Fleming, the assistant to the comptroller for assessments, has been making his rounds to Tennessee counties to help locals understand the property tax freeze program.

    He gave a presentation to some Roane County commissioners at the courthouse Wednesday night.

    “It’s a complicated program,” Fleming said.

  • Showers revive OS source for water

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Last week’s rainy weather gave a big boost to the springs that feed Oliver Springs’ water system.

    “The rain has helped tremendously, and our spring is doing well,” Town Manager David Bolling said.

    Bolling said the town continues at times to supplement its water supply with Anderson County Utility Board, but not at an extraordinary rate.

  • Nashville attorney seeking to help prosecute Houstons

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Nashville lawyer Dan Warlick left little doubt about his discontent of Leon and Rocky Houston.

    When asked did he have any malice against the brothers, Warlick had a long pause before offering the following answer Thursday from the witness stand:

    “Believing what I know about this case, I do not like these two individuals,” he said.

    Special prosecutor Robert “Gus” Radford hired Warlick, a private attorney, to assist in the prosecution of the Houston brothers.

  • Life in the city OK for Midtown residents

    By CINDY SIMPSON and JENNIFER RAYMOND

    Roane Newspapers

    The fate of some areas in Midtown is one step closer to becoming a reality.

    A referendum on Tuesday’s ballot to annex certain properties to Kingston was passed.

    Five of the six registered voters in the area cast their ballots in favor of the annexation.

    “We’re extremely happy that it went the way we expected,” Kingston Mayor Troy Beets said.

  • Courthouse shooter blames fear, husband

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Convicted murderer Jennifer Hyatte is talking about the crime that landed her behind bars for life.

    In a jailhouse interview with Nashville TV station WSMV Monday, the former prison nurse talks about how she was courted by prison inmate George Hyatte, who eventually became her husband.

    She also speaks about the events that led her to shoot a prison guard in the parking lot of the Roane County Courthouse to help Hyatte escape.

  • Harriman files lawsuit over Kingston referendum

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Harriman officials filed a lawsuit last week in an attempt to keep Kingston where Harriman thinks it belongs — east of the Hwy. 70 bridge.

    Harriman City Attorney Harold Balcom said the city is seeking an injunction to stop the certification of votes from Tuesday’s annexation referendum that could possibly put some Midtown area properties in Kingston’s city limits.

    Harriman has a similar annexation referendum for other parcels of Midtown property.

  • State funds lights for bridge

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Since the new Oakdale Bridge opened several years ago one thing has been missing – lights. But thanks to Sen. Tommy Kilby and Rep. John Mark Windle that oversight will soon be corrected.

  • CASA's chili cook off is Saturday

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    CASA’s first chili cook off is now just days away but it isn’t too late for you to enter your chili in the competition.

    Organizers would prefer that you register in advance by calling Sandy Weaver at 539-5959. You may pay your entry fee when you arrive at the chili cook off.

    “It would be helpful if contestants called by Friday to register in advance so that we have an idea of how many to prepare for but we will accept entries until 3 p.m.,” Weaver explained.

  • Unofficial Returns: Clinton, Huckabee lead Roane County

    In unofficial Roane County election returns, Hillary Clinton won at the polls for the Democrats and Mike Huckabee led the Republicans in Roane County. Also, both the Kingston and Harriman annexation referendums passed unanimously among the handful of voters involved. With all 25 precints in, the results follow:

    DEM Joe Biden 17 votes, 0.34%

    DEM HILLARY CLINTON 3,266 votes, 65.79%

    DEM Chris Dodd 6 votes, 0.12%

    DEM John Edward 391 votes, 7.88%

    DEM Mike Gravel 6 votes, 0.12%

    DEM Dennis Kucinich 9 votes, 0.18%

    DEM Barack Obama 1,239 votes, 24.96%