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  • Hyatte files to remove death penalty option

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A tentative trial date has been set for George Hyatte, charged with first-degree murder in a death penalty case for his alleged involvement in a courthouse shootout that took the life of prison guard Wayne “Cotton” Morgan.

  • Rockwood recruits Stroh for industry

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    The city of Rockwood is hoping the addition of a new member to their team will be able to encourage industry to their area.

    The new jobholder is a familiar face across Roane County.

    The city council approved the hiring of Beverly Stroh to the newly added position of industrial recruiter.

    Stroh currently works for The Roane Alliance as the manager of tourism and marketing.

    And the hope of city officials is that she will do the same, only concentrating on Rockwood.

  • 3 run unopposed for school board

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    While some of his counterparts will be out campaigning hard this summer, Rockwood school board member Mike “Brillo” Miller can take it easy with the politicking.

    A candidate can do that when he doesn’t have an opponent.

    Miller is running unopposed in District 1.

    “I’m glad,” Miller said. “I’d rather not have to go out and beat on doors this summer.”

  • Davis expresses concern about school budget, staffing

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Director of Schools Mike Davis has a balanced budget ready to present to the county budget committee, but expressed concern that it may not be realistic.

    Davis warned members of the Morgan County Board of Education that the budget proposed for 2008-09 worries him. Davis expects the budget to fall short in some areas including transportation which includes fuel and perhaps even in text books.

  • Early Voting to begin for August election

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Voters will soon begin to cast their ballots in the August General Election. Early voting will begin on Friday, July 18.

    Election Day will be Thursday, Aug. 7.

    Races on the August ballot include:

    Biff Wilson, who was appointed by county commissioners to fill the unexpired term of his late wife Susie Kittrell Wilson, is running unopposed for Morgan County Assessor of Property.

  • Massengill, Rose square off for school board seat

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawence@bellsouth.net

    Two men want what’s best for the schools located South of the River.

    The voters from that area will have to decide which one can best make that happen.

    Long-time school board member Everett Massengill is being challenged for his District 7 seat by newcomer Howie Rose.

    The district includes the three Midway schools.

    “I’ve never run for anything before,” Rose said. “It’s really been a learning experience.”

  • Efforts to keep records private may be too late

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawence@bellsouth.net

    Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham’s fight to keep certain portions of her cell phone bills private might be too late.

    Steven Robinette, Kirkham’s opponent in the August election, wants to see the call detail records of her cell phone bills and won the right to do so in court.

    Now Kirkham has taken further steps to block the records, but they’ve already been turned over.

  • Some boaters undeterred by gas prices

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Drew Neklason is quick with the math these days.

    “At $4 a gallon with a 21-gallon tank, it’s 80-something bucks,” Neklason said.

    Neklason is referring to the cost to fill up his boat.

    An avid boater, Neklason isn’t letting the high price of filling up stop him from taking advantage of the beautiful waterways that run through Roane County.

    He said he’s still taking his boat out and enjoying everything the water has to offer.

  • Yankee Doodle gal celebrates 100th birthday

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Living to be 100 years old is remarkable enough, but this centenarian is special in more ways than one.

    Elizabeth Rains was born on the Fourth of July in 1908.

    To help celebrate, Rains was asked by to be the special guest grand marshal for the Kingston Fourth of July Parade.

    Rains joked that she needed to practice her parade wave.

    “I think it’s a little late to change the way you wave,” her niece, Amanda Miller, shot back.

  • Powers suddenly alone on HUB board

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    The table where the Harriman Utility Board members sit was largely unoccupied at what should have been the regularly scheduled June board meeting.

    Three of the board’s five members — chairman Walter Jordan, Randy Milburn and Homer Harmon — had given utility manager Chuck Flora a letter announcing their decision to resign.

    The resigned board members said in the letter that they realized the city wants to go in a different direction.