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Today's News

  • REU passes on TVA hike

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Starting Oct. 1, Rockwood Electric Utility customers will see a significant increase in their monthly bills.

    Last month, TVA announced about a 20-percent rate increase in electricity passed on to utility companies.

    On Tuesday, the REU board approved passing the increase on to its customers.

    According to General Manager Kendall Bear, customers will see an increase of $14.20 a month per 1,000 kilowatt hours used.

    “We hate it for our customers,” Bear said.

  • Constable Patton jailed

    By DAMON LAWRENCE & TERRI LIKENS

    For a short while, Constable Mark Patton found himself in a place where he vowed to put others – behind bars. He smiled Thursday night as he walked into the Roane County Jail at 8:20 p.m. to be booked on three counts of assault.

    After posting bond of $3,000, Patton was free again by 9:20.

    The charges stem from an incident that occurred at Kingston City Park on Wednesday. Patton got into an altercation with some young men, including the son of Roane County Executive Mike Farmer.

  • 'Cats top Rockwood Middle, 22-14

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouih.net

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats ran their season record to 2-1 with a 22-14 victory over Rockwood at D.J. Brittan Field.

  • HMS wins turnover-plagued game

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    Insanity might be the appropriate term for Harriman Middle School’s victory over the Coalfield Yellow Jackets by a 12-6 margin.

    Both teams had a combined total of nine turnovers and Blue Devil head coach Baron Tapp was absolutely flabbergasted after the game.

  • Grace runs up score in 61-20 win over Oakdale

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    KARNS-Oakdale's high school football team is making believers out of a lot of people. The Eagles went toe-to-toe with the state's 6th-ranked team Friday night in Karns. Oakdale led Grace Christian 14-7 in the first quarter and only trailed 29-20 late in the first half before the Rams ran away and poured it on in a 61-20 victory.

    "I'm proud of the boys. We played hard, but we just ran out of steam. They (Grace) just wore us down and they didn't let up," offered Eagle head coach Randy Miller.

  • Coalfield blanks Bobcats

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    OLIVER SPRINGS-For the first time in 35 years, Coalfield blanked Oliver Springs on the gridiron. The Jackets used a bend, but don't break defense and an efficient offense to garner their second straight win over Oliver Springs on D.J. Brittan Field with a 26-0 victory Friday night.

  • County adopts monthly expense reporting

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    County employees must now submit claims for travel expenses within 30 days or lose the opportunity to get reimbursed.

    The mandate comes after the Roane County Commission voted unanimously to amend the county’s policy last week.

    “Claims for reimbursement of travel expenses submitted after 30 days of the date of completion of the travel will not be paid,” the resolution states.

  • DA says inmate's death was suicide

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    An investigation into the May 28th death of an inmate at the Morgan County Jail has been concluded.

    Ninth District Attorney General Russell Johnson issued a statement on Monday that the death of Robert Stoll has been determined to have been suicide.

    Johnson said Stoll apparently used a string from his hooded sweatshirt to hang himself from the cell door closure arm.

  • Riding on the 'New River Train'

    By JEAN POLLARD

    Morgan County News

    What better way to spend a summer afternoon than to drive a few miles, board a real train and take a wonderful ride through the beautiful mountains and relax and enjoy the scenery?

    This past Saturday I had the privilege to do just that. I had been asked by a member of the New River Scenic Railway to 'dig up' some information on the New River area with stories of the communities and those who had once lived along the river and the railroad tracks.

  • Davidson gets plea deal -- again

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Opening statements were never made in Howard Davidson's first-degree murder trial. The trial never got that far because prosecutors reached a settlement with Davidson when court was in recess for lunch on Wednesday.

    Davidson pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in exchange for a 10-year prison sentence. He could have been sentenced to as much as life had he been convicted of first-degree murder.

    “Very,” Davidson attorney Michael Ritter said, when asked was he pleased with the deal.