Today's News

  • Top seeds advance


    Roane Newspapers

    The top seeds held their ground in the first day of the double elimination round of the District 3-A softball tournament at Harriman Monday evening.

    No. 2 seed Harriman cruised past Rockwood 9-2 in the first game then top seed Midway pounded Greenback 22-1 in the second game.

    The wins by the top seeded teams set up the first showdown Tuesday when Midway played Harriman in the winner’s bracket round. Rockwood played Greenback Tuesday in an elimination game.

  • CAK ends Kingston's season



    The 2008 season came to an end for the Kingston Yellow Jackets Monday evening as Bruce Robinette’s squad suffered an 11-1 loss to Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) in a loser’s bracket game of the District 4-AA Tournament being played at CAK.

    Kingston had defeated the Warriors 4-2 on Saturday, but CAK put together a solid performance Monday in advancing to the tournament’s final four.

  • Officials won't release phone records



    The legal fight to obtain phone records continues in two court cases involving Roane County officials.

    In one, former constable Mark Patton is suing Roane County to get his old job back.

    One of the allegations in the lawsuit is county commissioners violated the state’s Open Meetings Law by discussing the constable matter outside a public meeting.

  • Few county races coming in August


    Morgan County News Editor

    With so much attention being given to the various presidential primaries and caucuses, it’s easy to overlook the county general election that will be coming in August.

    Part of that is because there simply aren’t that many races on the ballot and another part of it is that there are even fewer challenged races.

    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.

  • School Board honors schools, employees


    Morgan County News Editor

    Most of Monday night’s school board meeting was devoted to honoring schools and employees for their hard work and achievements this school year.

    The school board members hosted an appreciation dinner for Sunbright and Oakdale schools as well as cafeteria workers prior to their meeting at the Central Office.

    Sunbright and Oakdale made the U.S. News and World Report’s “top schools” list in the nation late last year.

  • Firestorm brewing over alternative lifestyle lodge



    A quiet rumble. That's the way zoning officer Kay Christopher described the public firestorm that's starting to brew over a plan to bring an adult resort to Roane County.

    "You know it's about to hit," Christopher said.

  • Moriarity signs with Cumberland University


    Roane Newspapers

    Size, speed and a nose for the football, those attributes have landed Rockwood’s Simon Moriarty a college football scholarship with Cumberland University in Lebanon.

    “I’m pretty excited,” Moriarty said after signing scholarship papers on Tuesday. “This is something I’ve always wanted to do. Ever since I was little I’ve wanted to play college football for somebody. Now I’m getting a college education while doing something I enjoy.”

  • Three is a lucky number for lady Bobcats


    Roane Newspapers

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats captured their third straight District 4-A championship with a hard fought 4-0 victory over Coalfield.

    What made the victory so tough was the pitching match-up as Oliver Springs had their hands full with Lady Jacket eighth grade phenom Lyndsey Fadnek. Fadnek had the Lady ‘Cats handcuffed for 4 2/3 innings Thursday, but the Lady ‘Cats finally caught up with Fadnek’s heat and scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and one more in the sixth.

  • Utility works on 15-year plan



    >The Rockwood Water, Wastewater and Natural Gas Board is trying to get one step ahead of the game.

    In order to do that, the board has established a 15-year strategic plan for its facilities, including improvements and upgrades.

    “We’re trying to be proactive,” Chairman and City Councilman James Neal said.

    The board will meet with city council and representative John West from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation at 6 p.m. May 6.

  • Official irked at jail delays



    Chris Johnson’s official title is 6th District County Commissioner.

    However, he’s vowing to become overseer of the county’s new jail project. Construction is months behind schedule, and Johnson said he’s hopping mad about it.

    “I have not heard any explanation that satisfies me why we can be four months behind,” Johnson said.