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  • School grants total more than $2.3 million

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Morgan County School children are benefiting from some $2.3 million in grant funds that have been obtained by the local school system.

  • Holiday pageantry

    This year's production of The Nutcracker, presented by Arts In Motion at Roane State Community College, was so successful that an extra show had to be added. The show also was a big help to the Roane County Animal Shelter. School children and others brought food and other items to donate to the shelter.

  • Answer for abuse? Get away and don't let it happen again

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    Nancy Grimes is on the front lines in the fight against domestic violence.

    She’s the director of Iva’s Place, a help center for domestic violence victims in Lenoir City.

    Her message to anyone in an abusive relationship is simple.

    “Get out,” she said.

    Grimes warns your last breath could come as a result of your partner’s violent rage.

  • Rockwood mayor seeks pit bull ban

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    Roane Newspapers

    Twelve people die each year from dog-bite-related fatalities.

    With the recent fatal mauling of a Knox County woman by two pit bulls fresh on his mind, Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller has decided to take a stand.

    Miller wants to draft an ordinance to ban the breed from within the city, but he’s not sure if the state will allow a breed-specific ban.

  • Complaint against McFarland dismissed by state commission

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    Life is all good right now for Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland.

    He said he was recently awarded full custody of both his children after a contentious divorce.

    A sexual harassment complaint against him has also been dismissed.

    “I don’t believe this complaint was filed because I’d done anything wrong,” McFarland said. “I think it was filed just to get the headlines.”

  • Santa's laundry on the line?
  • As promised, Patton sues commisioners

    BY DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    Former constable Mark Patton is seeking $100,000 from the county and a return to his old job, according to a lawsuit filed in Roane County Chan-cery Court.

    The lawsuit, filed on Nov. 21, names all 15 county commissioners along with County Executive Mike Farmer and recently appointed constable Caleb Strayer as defendants.

    As of Tuesday morning, Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland said he had yet to see the lawsuit, but vowed to fight it vigorously.

  • Dog attack leaves family shaken on Thanksgiving

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    The Wilson family found a whole new reason to be thankful this year on Thanksgiving.

    Thirteen-year-old Cory and the family were visiting with his Papaw just south of Wartburg along Highway 27.

    After dinner Cory took a walk along Rains Road with his friends, Katie and Cole.

  • Sunbright puts SUD on notice

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Time and again the meeting of the Sunbright Utility District threatened to get out of hand last Tuesday, Nov. 20. Voices were often raised with people talking over each other. More than once the utility employees attempting to keep the record of the meeting got lost in the noise.

  • County ordered to reduce inmate population

    BY DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    The clock is ticking for the Roane County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Jack Stockton said a state fire marshal has given them 30 days to reduce the inmate population at the county jail. Four days have already gone past, so the sheriff's office has just under four weeks to comply or face possible sanctions. Those could include having to shut down the entire jail.