.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's News

  • County passes budget; adds employees, changes fees

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Cases in the local court system just got a little more expensive.

    The Roane County Commission voted to increase the litigation tax on civil and criminal cases from $25 to $50 at Monday night’s meeting.

    The county’s 2008-09 budget was also passed at the meeting, which was moved from the courthouse to the Kingston Community Center because of the Leon Houston murder trial.

    The $104.4 million budget does not call for a hike in the property tax rate.

  • Joyner School Reunion Coming Sept. 6

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    In 1975 the doors of Joyner School were closed after it had served the community for 58 years. There are hundreds of former students who attended the school during those years and if you’re one of them you’ll want to make plans to attend the Joyner School Reunion coming up in just a few weeks.

    A small group of former students have banned together to plan the event which is believed to be only the second reunion in the school’s history.

  • Early Voting begins Friday

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Early Voting for the August General Election and the Democratic and Republican primaries will begin on Friday, July 18.

    Just for Early Voting, the Election Commission office will be open a half-day on Saturday.

    Administrator of Elections Minnie Armes said the county’s only Early Voting site will be in her office on the first floor of the Morgan County Courthouse.

  • Paranoia or conspiracies?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Former General Sessions Court judge Thomas Austin made thousands of rulings for nearly three decades before a federal grand jury indicted him for extortion and money laundering in 2006.

    Whether or not any of those rulings were tainted remains a mystery. Authorities apparently haven’t investigated his prior court decisions to find out.

  • Murder trial starts today

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Some moments create everlasting memories.

    Kingston police Lt. Gary Nelson had one a little over two years ago. He was one of the first officers to see the deceased bodies of a sheriff’s deputy and his civilian partner.

    “Me and two other officers were the first three on the scene,” Nelson said.

    “I’ll never forget that day.”

    That day will be relived over and over in a Roane County Criminal Courtroom for the next few weeks.

  • July 15: Jury in place in Houston murder trial

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Opening arguments are expected to begin Wednesday morning in the Leon Houston murder case.

    It was slow going, but jury selection finally ended Tuesday afternoon with a jury in place.

    The case was expected to pick up again at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.

    The launch of Leon Houston's double murder trial Monday reflected the difficulties of trying to pick a jury in a small county.

  • Roane well represented in state tournament

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Three teams from Roane County will take their first step toward a possible Dixie Youth state championship Monday evening as the Kingston AA All-Stars, Kingston AAA All-Stars and Harriman Majors All-Stars will all play in Dixie Youth State Tournament opening round games.

  • Roane athletes now all-staters

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) released their 2008 Class A All-State Baseball and Softball teams earlier this week and Roane County is well represented as a total of four players received all-state honors.

  • Six candidates vie for three seats

    DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Three people will represent Kingston on the Roane County Board of Education when new terms start in September.

    Which three is the big question.

    Voters will give the answer in the coming weeks.

    Six candidates are vying for three seats.

    Danny Holloway, Earl Nall and Tyler Overstreet are the incumbents.

    Rob Jago, Hugh Johnson and Kim Nelson represent the newcomers.

  • Subdivision residents raise stink with city

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    The Kingston City Council faced a standing-room-only crowd of residents from an unhappy subdivision Tuesday.

    Homeowners at the Villages of Center Farms approached council members two months ago because they were upset about paying full sewer rates when the city is not processing their sewage.

    Homes in the upscale subdivision have step systems, where only “gray water” is allowed to be sent to the sewer plant and sewage solids have to be hauled off at residents’ expense.