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Today's News

  • Man of steel: self-taught blacksmith forges ahead

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Some young people unwind in Internet chat rooms or with video games.

    Dillion Alley takes a different track in his off-time — one involving heat, soot and steel.

    The 20-year-old was fascinated by the blacksmith craft, and he decided to give it a try a year ago.

    Alley works in a rustic shed he built himself. He uses a concrete bowl, called a fire pot, as part of his forge and a blow-dryer-driven contraption his bellows.

  • Cherokee, OS face off; Jackets win

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    For 31:13 Monday night, the Cherokee Yellow Jackets and Oliver Springs Bobcats played a memorable contest as the Jackets scored with 47.1 seconds to play to take a 20-14 lead.

    The final 47 seconds, however, will also be remembered, but not necessarily for the quality of play.

  • Mistakes doom Eagles

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    OAKDALE-The scoreboard didn't come close to telling the story of Oakdale's 34-14 loss to Jackson County on Hollis Eble Field Friday night.

    Oakdale (1-4) out gained the Blue Devils (3-3) by 190 total yards, but 191 yards in penalties and four turnovers doomed the Eagles in their homecoming game. The yellow flags cost the Eagles a touchdown and a player (Jonathan Mathis) in addition to plenty of momentum during the second half.

  • Sunbright starts up cross country team

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    The idea originated at Peak Performance Rehabilitation, Inc. this summer. Sean Galloway was working with Sunbright cheerleader & basketball player Hannah Sexton, and he found out she had great ability as a runner. Galloway then put the plan together to start a cross country team at Sunbright High School.

    The plan worked and Sunbright became the first school in Morgan County to field a cross country team.

  • Harriman MS tops Wartburg

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The Harriman Middle School Blue Devils ran their season record to 4-3 overall with an exciting 20-14 victory at Wartburg.

    Thursday’s contest with the Bulldogs was a seesaw affair as Harriman scored the first touchdown of the game and then the last two to pick up the six-point victory.

    Most of the scoring came in the first half as the two teams battled their way to a 14-14 tie at intermission.

  • Harriman police make arrests for meth making

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A Roane Medical Center-owned building on Roane Street was quarantined after Harriman Police found chemicals associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine in the basement on Friday.

    It had a 5-gallon glass jar containing the liquid components of methamphetamine, said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

    Those flammable components had begun to form a gas, he said.

  • Paul Newman 'likeable rowdy'

    By TERRI LIKENS

    rceditor@bellsouth.net

    People all over the world are remembering Paul Newman as an actor, activist, race car driver and philanthropist.

    Dick Merian of Kingston can add a couple more labels: “fellow classmate” and “likeable rowdy.”

    Merian went to Kenyon College in Ohio with Newman, who died of cancer at his home in Connecticut last week.

    It was a respected men’s college of 385 people at the time.

  • Harriman snaps losing streak, edges Rockwood 16-7

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    Since 1921, the Rockwood Tigers and the Harriman Blue Devils have battled on the gridiron for football supremacy.

  • Jackets too much for Oliver Springs

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    It was all Kingston Friday night as Vic King’s Yellow Jackets captured their fourth consecutive Roane County Championship with a 34-8 homecoming victory over Oliver Springs.

  • Roane State working catching up financial aid paperwork

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A new software system has contributed to Roane State Community College’s delays in getting students their financial aid.

    In an attempt to catch up, Roane State Community College’s financial aid office closed last Thursday and Friday to focus on filing.

    To deal with the influx of paperwork, they have worked extra hours and hired four temporary employees, said Joy Goldberg, assistant vice president over the financial aid office.