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  • Group wants tract named for Todd

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Morgan County Commissioners voted Monday night to ask the State to name some newly acquired lands near Frozen Head State Park in memory of Donald Todd.

    Todd was a noted local historian and was known for being a conservationist long before it was cool. He worked tirelessly to preserve the lands at Frozen Head and spearheaded the effort to have a portion of those lands protected as a natural area.

  • Discovery Fest Coming April 19

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Hundreds of folks have been coming to Wartburg the last few years to enjoy Discovery Fest and this version will be showcased on Saturday.

    Kingston Street will be blocked and food and craft vendors will be set up along the street in front of Wartburg City Hall. Vendors are scheduled to be in place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

    In addition local artists will take the stage on the gazebo throughout the day. Performers will feature gospel, country, bluegrass and Americana music.

  • Rising fuel costs draining county coffers

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Some county officials and department heads say the money their departments have budgeted for fuel is being drained because of increased cost.

    Ambulance director Gloria Wright even went to the county budget committee earlier this month to ask for additional funds.

    “Our runs are up over the last few months tremendously,” Wright said. “We did more runs in January than we’ve ever done in a January before, and more in February than we’ve ever done in a February before.”

  • There's no place like home

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Dawn Jenkins’ students will miss her sweet smile a little longer.

    The Walnut Hill Elementary School teacher’s life is starting to return to normal after a liver transplant in February, but she won’t return to school until the fall.

    Medication to prevent rejection weakens the immune system of transplant recipients, so she must limit her access to the public.

  • Meth lab material found on roadside

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said nothing shocks him when it comes to the actions of methamphetamine makers.

    “They’re desperate people,” he said. “They do desperate things, and they have reckless disregard for the public.”

    The sheriff said that’s why he wasn’t surprised at the discovery made by his litter crew – a group of jail inmates who pick up trash around the county.

  • East meets West at Southwest Point

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Fort Southwest Point received several visitors from half a world away Tuesday.

    Five residents of South Korea toured the fort with their hosts from the Kingston Rotary Club. The Koreans are part of an exchange program through Rotary.

    “It’s a good opportunity to share cultures,” said Bobby Davis, program chairman for the Kingston Rotary.

  • Harriman gets backup on developer spat

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Harriman will use a trusted firm in its spat with Pinnacle Pointe developers over money the state says the developers owe the city.

    Harriman City Council has voted to allow City Attorney Harold Balcom and Treasurer Charles Kerley to proceed with Vaughn & Melton, an engineering firm that has previously worked with the city.

    The city asked Balcom and Kerley to select an engineering firm to study computer models in the debate between the city and Prestige Land Co. developers.

  • County to mull documentary

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    From Fort Southwest Point in Kingston to the Princess Theater in Harriman, Roane County has a very rich history.

    Now a local film producer is looking to document that history for the county.

    Keith McDaniel, owner of Secret City Films in Oak Ridge, wants to make a DVD that includes 12 “snapshots” of Roane County.

    McDaniel said he began brainstorming the idea with County Executive Mike Farmer six months ago.

  • Two charged with selling drugs

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    A man and woman living in a low income apartment complex in Sunbright have been charged with selling drugs and will most likely lose their apartment.

  • Chancellor leaves road closed finding there is no urgency

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    A rock pile blocking a portion of Farley Davis Road in the Mill Creek community of Sunbright will remain in place until the case goes to trial.