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Today's News

  • Christopher weighing future

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The game of basketball has always been easy for Oliver Springs’ Kayla Christopher.

    However, deciding where to play college hoops has been anything but easy for the Lady ’Cat star.

    Entering her senior season, Christopher is ranked among the top players in the state — if not the nation — and that talent has a number of Division I schools courting for her services.

  • JULY 24: Leon Houston's fate soon to be in jury's hands

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Tobey Yates is not a fan of local law enforcement.

    “I've had a lot of trouble with them myself,” Yates told special prosecutor Robert "Gus" Radford Thursday afternoon.

    Radford sought to use Yates' admitted disdain as well as his criminal history to discredit his testimony in Leon Houston's double murder trial. Yates was one of only two people called by Houston's defense.

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  • JULY23 EVENING UPDATE: Body armor wouldn't have saved Jones' life

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Bill Jones was not wearing a bullet-proof vest the day he lost his life.

    Even if he was, the body armor still wouldn't have saved him. A medical examiner testified on Wednesday that two gunshots Jones suffered to the head were not survivable.

    “Either one would be immediately disabling and fatal,” Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan said.

  • WEDNESDAY NOON UPDATE: 'There was gunshots flying everywhere'

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Life has been difficult for Mildred Anne Watts since she witnessed a shootout on May 11, 2006.

    “I walk around with that fear every day of my life still,” Watts said.

    Two of the participants in that shootout are dead. The other two, brothers Rocky and Leon Houston, are facing life in prison on charges of first-degree murder and felony murder.

    Watts continued to recall her memories from that day during testimony in Leon's murder trial Wednesday morning.

  • Strickland done at Oakdale

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    Oakdale will have a new football coach when the 2008 high school football season kicks off next month. Chip Strickland resigned back on July 9 after only one season as head coach.

    Strickland went 0-10 in his lone season at Oakdale, but cited a once in a lifetime opportunity and lack of support from the administration, as reasons for his departure.

    Strickland was hired as the athletic director at Knoxville Christian School. He is working with former OHS head coach Willie Childers, who serves as principal at KCS.

  • Lady Bulldogs focus on offense

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    Wartburg got offensive this summer working on their game for the 2008-09 basketball season.

    Bulldog head coach Joe Layne said his team focused on a few new wrinkles on offense during their off-season work.

    “We had a good summer and we got a lot better in the areas we wanted to. We’re doing some things differently offensively and our halfcourt offense is really coming on,” explained Layne.

  • State's top softball 'teacher' here in Roane

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Diamond Softball Academy owner Darrell Williams was extremely proud when the Ten-nessee Sports Writers Association released its 2008 All-State Softball Team.

    Four of his students — Monterey’s Taylor Adkins, Midway’s Hannah Colyer, Coalfield’s Lindsey Fadnek and Oliver Springs’ Kim Hall — were all named to the Class A team.

  • Storms rumble through county

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Heavy storms that roared through Tennessee Monday hit hard in Rockwood.

    The storms started around 4 p.m. and brought high winds, hail, a downpour and lightning.

    It also left about 4,000 Rockwood Electric Utility customers without power at the peak of the storm.

    “That’s about one-fourth of our system,” General Manager Kendall Bear said.

    Areas that saw a significant amount of outages were Eagle Furnace, South Rockwood and the mountain above Rockwood.

  • County ready to set tax rate

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    The county’s budget committee has reached an agreement on the budget for Fiscal Year 2008-09, according to Morgan County Executive Becky Ruppe.

    Ruppe said Monday night that the committee has completed its work and will publish the proposed budget in next week’s Morgan County News prior to the county commission meeting planned for Aug. 11. Commissioners are expected to adopt the budget and set the tax rate at that time.