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Today's News

  • County to restructure debt

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    When county commissioners meet on Aug. 11, one of the decisions they will have to make will be how to restructure the county’s debt.

    Scott Gibson, with the county’s financial advisory group, spoke to members of the budget committee about the impact the poor economic housing market has had on the county’s bonded indebtedness.

    Gibson explained that providers for the county’s municipal bonds have fallen below an AAA rating.

  • Free breakfasts planned for students

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Peggy Hamby, director of Food Services for Morgan County Schools, is going to try out a special breakfast promotion during the first month of school.

    Hamby said that during the month of August any child eating breakfast at school will not be charged. Breakfast at school will be free for all children. All your child has to do is show up in the school cafeteria and get in line.

    Hamby said that if the program is successful it may actually continue beyond August.

  • King gets good look at team's progress

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets took the field for the first time against anyone other themselves Friday evening as Vic King's squad hosted the Clinton Dragons.

  • School board hopefuls face off

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The sports complex at Kingston’s Fort Southwest Point was bustling with activity Thursday evening.

    Parents and kids lugging ball equipment littered the grounds, with most bypassing the forum set up for the District 5/6 school board candidates.

    The few who hung around the baseball field got to hear the six hopefuls discuss such issues as overcrowding at Kingston Elementary School and securing funding for a building program.

  • Church case set for trial Tuesday

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    An Oliver Springs couple accused of taking funds from their church two years ago are set to be in court Tuesday.

    Gary E. Thomas and his wife Wanda J. Thomas, both of 770 Mahoney Road, are to appear in a Roane County courtroom at 9 a.m. on charges of theft from New Fairview Baptist Church in Oliver Springs.

    “I don’t know at this point if it is going to be a trial or going to plea,” said Assistant District Attorney Frank Harvey.

  • McGriff focus of school board race

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    School board candidates Kim Nelson and Hugh Johnson are blunt.

    No, they said, when asked if they would have voted to extend the contract for Director of Schools Toni McGriff.

    There was still more than a year left on the contract when the Roane County Board of Education voted to extend it for two years last November.

  • Several big games highlight 2008 schedule

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    With the start of the 2008 season only three weeks away (four weeks for Kingston), a lot of Roane County football fans are eagerly awaiting the start of the upcoming season.

  • Man hopes to be Big Loser

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Inspiration can come from all sorts of places.

    For Marshall Gilmore, the inspiration to lose weight came from a network reality show he now hopes to compete on.

    After watching “The Biggest Loser” on NBC, Gilmore is going through the process to win a spot on the show, which begins filming in September.

    He’ll learn this month if he has made it.

  • 'Dogs, Tigers work together

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    WARTBURG—Dan Shoemaker and Johnny Harrison go way back. The two played high school football against each other back in the early 1980’s in the old Sequatchie Valley Conference days. Shoemaker played at Lookout Valley, while Harrison played at Bledsoe County.

    The two have renewed their rivalry by building a coaching friendship, which will benefit both the Sunbright and Wartburg football teams.

  • Miller tabbed to lead Eagles

    Randy Miller has been named as the new head football coach at Oakdale.

    He was informed Saturday and met with the team on Monday prior to the start of the first official day of practice.

    “It’s exciting and I’m looking forward to what we can do here at Oakdale,” Miller said.

    Miller, who is originally from Clinton, coached at Cumberland County last season as a receivers coach.

    A complete story about Miller will appear in next week’s Morgan County News.