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  • Deputies deal with suicide attempt

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Officers are trained to resolve some of the most tense situations without the use of deadly force. That may have saved a local woman’s life earlier this month.

  • Man survives house crumbling around him

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD and BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    A Chestnut Ridge man has been dismissed from the University of Tennessee Medical Center after being treated for injuries he sustained last week.

  • McCartts accepted as third party plaintiffs

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Chancellor Frank V. Williams has signed an order allowing the heirs of Pleas McCartt to become third party plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Morgan County.

    The McCartts asked the Court to allow them to be third party plaintiffs in a case between Mildred and Summer Henry and Morgan County.

  • Roane County Schools plan year through 2010

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    No one can accuse the school system of not planning ahead when it comes to setting the school calendar.

    The Roane County Board of Education voted 9-1 Thursday night to approve the calendar for the 2009-10 school year.

    “Parents like to plan vacations ahead of time and not wait until the last minute, so if we can keep two years ahead of us, that just helps everybody,” board member Tyler Overstreet said. “Everybody can plan accordingly.”

  • Roane gets long-awaited veterans clinic

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Area veterans soon may not have to travel as far for their health-care needs.

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced plans late last week to open a new outpatient clinic in Roane County in 2008.

    “VA is dedicated to providing the best in health care to the men and women who have served this nation in uniform,” U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs James B. Peake was quoted in a press release.

  • With new hike, Kingston hotel taxes to rise to near 20 percent

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Guests who stay in Kingston hotels will soon pay 5 percent more in taxes.

    The Kingston City Council passed the second and final reading of an ordinance on Tuesday night to add an occupancy hotel/motel privilege tax to area hotels.

    The council is hoping for a $70,000 boost in revenue that will help with balancing the budget.

  • Feds: Water contamination minimal from exploded well

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Environmental officials were on scene Friday at the site of an oil-well fire in Oliver Springs that was still burning.

    Perry Gaughan, an on-scene coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said officials are monitoring air levels for contaminants.

    The plume of smoke from the fire can be seen from as far away as Ladd Landing in Kingston.

    Gaughan said he and contractors from Atlanta were planning on staying until the fire is out.

  • UPDATE: Residents seek answers after oil-well fire

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    An out-of-control oil well that spewed crude and natural gas all afternoon and night Tuesday exploded before dawn Wednesday, seriously burning a man who was driving by.

    Oliver Springs residents of Cove Lane in Anderson County, which lies near the Roane and Morgan county lines, have been evacuated and may be out of their homes for several days.

    Many are angry and looking for answers about why the situation was allowed to escalate.

    Officials say the fire could take days to get under control.

  • Harriman vs. Kingston annexation hearing set

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A hearing on Harriman’s lawsuit to void Kingston’s annexation referendum is scheduled June 10.

    The lawsuit, filed by Harriman in February, would put a stop Kingston’s annexation property just west of the Hwy. 70 bridge — if Harriman is successful.

    Harriman officials contend that its annexation proceedings to annex all the way from its current city limits take precedent over the activities of Kingston.

  • Contractor Integrity Card; another safeguard for our older citizens

    Morgan County Executive, Becky Ruppe visited the Sunbright Senior Citizens to talk about adding a new idea to Morgan County's Elder Watch Program.

    Ruppe along with Gigi Schooler, Morgan County's Chamber Director plan to visit all the centers if possible to explain how the program can help.