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Today's News

  • DA looking into missing records

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson is looking into the disappearance of some records that have come up missing from the Roane County budget director's office. The TBI is involved in the investigation.

  • Henry takes over at Coalfield

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    Keith Henry has coached in the shadows for most of his 19 seasons of coaching at Oneida and Coalfield. The long shadows that the late Jim May and Garry Kreis cast allowed Henry an opportunity to do his coaching without a lot of fanfare. Now, the 42-year old steps into the spotlight as he takes over the reigns as Coalfield head football coach.

  • Kingston starts strong, still falls short

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The Kingston 11-12 year-old All-Stars entered this week's Dixie Youth O-Zone State Tournament in Sweetwater hoping to make a magical run that would end with a state championship.

  • Lady 'Dogs gain valuable experience this summer

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    Jason Davis led his Lady Bulldogs to a state tournament in his rookie season.

    His second season will be a bit tougher with the loss of six seniors that scored 2,454 career points. He took a big step in developing his team this summer with team camp trips to Shelbyville and Tennessee Tech last month.

    The trip to Shelbyville was a stern test for an inexperienced Wartburg team.

  • Hyatte files to remove death penalty option

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A tentative trial date has been set for George Hyatte, charged with first-degree murder in a death penalty case for his alleged involvement in a courthouse shootout that took the life of prison guard Wayne “Cotton” Morgan.

  • Rockwood recruits Stroh for industry

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    The city of Rockwood is hoping the addition of a new member to their team will be able to encourage industry to their area.

    The new jobholder is a familiar face across Roane County.

    The city council approved the hiring of Beverly Stroh to the newly added position of industrial recruiter.

    Stroh currently works for The Roane Alliance as the manager of tourism and marketing.

    And the hope of city officials is that she will do the same, only concentrating on Rockwood.

  • 3 run unopposed for school board

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    While some of his counterparts will be out campaigning hard this summer, Rockwood school board member Mike “Brillo” Miller can take it easy with the politicking.

    A candidate can do that when he doesn’t have an opponent.

    Miller is running unopposed in District 1.

    “I’m glad,” Miller said. “I’d rather not have to go out and beat on doors this summer.”

  • Davis expresses concern about school budget, staffing

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Director of Schools Mike Davis has a balanced budget ready to present to the county budget committee, but expressed concern that it may not be realistic.

    Davis warned members of the Morgan County Board of Education that the budget proposed for 2008-09 worries him. Davis expects the budget to fall short in some areas including transportation which includes fuel and perhaps even in text books.

  • Early Voting to begin for August election

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Voters will soon begin to cast their ballots in the August General Election. Early voting will begin on Friday, July 18.

    Election Day will be Thursday, Aug. 7.

    Races on the August ballot include:

    Biff Wilson, who was appointed by county commissioners to fill the unexpired term of his late wife Susie Kittrell Wilson, is running unopposed for Morgan County Assessor of Property.

  • A string-filled night of Bradbury magic

    By TERRI LIKENS

    rceditor@bellsouth.net

    Pondside, on a clear summer evening in East Roane County, a lone frog warms up his banjo vocal chords as the sun goes down.

    At a renovated schoolhouse across the road comes a faint reply — but this one includes guitars, mandolin and bass.

    It’s Tuesday night at the Bradbury Community Center at 3343 Buttermilk Road and the place is hopping with Bluegrass players and those who like to hear them play.