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Today's News

  • Three is a lucky number for lady Bobcats

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    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

    By JENNIFER RAYMONDee

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    >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

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    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.

  • Lady Raiders have banner year

    Roane State Community College’s softball team ended the regular season with its best conference record in school history.

    The Lady Raiders went 8-12 in TJCCAA/NJCAA Region VII and 18-32 overall. Roane State plays Saturday in the TJCCAA/NJCAA Region VII Tournament in Columbia. The team’s opponent has yet to be determined.

    Roane State has improved its overall win total — four, eight, 12 and now 18 — in each of its four seasons under head coach Sue Niemi.

  • Cofer headed to Tennessee Wesleyan

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    A lot of players have talent while others have a great work ethic, but it’s not often that players combine the two.

    Rockwood third baseman Amber Cofer is a player that is blessed with talent and an even better work ethic. Now Cofer has parlayed that combination into an athletic scholarship with Tennessee Wesleyan College.

    “I’m real excited,” Cofer said at Monday’s signing ceremony. “I’ve always dreamed of playing softball in college.”

  • Committee sees progress now in jail construction

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Roane County Executive Mike Farmer said he’s not happy with the state of the county’s new jail project.

    “I’ll be happy when (Sheriff) Jack (Stockton) locks up the first person,” Farmer said.

    Farmer made those comments at the end of a jail construction oversight committee meeting on Wednesday.

  • Dark horse or spoiler? Fenner runs for senate

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Ken Yager and Becky Ruppe might not be the only 12th District state senate candidates on the ballot in the fall.

    Christopher Fenner plans to give the voters yet another choice.

    The Roane County resident said he’s running for the senate seat as an independent.

    Yager, a Republican, and Ruppe, a Democrat, are the obvious frontrunners in the race.

    But Fenner has been a political underdog before.

  • Kingston proposed tax increase 7 cents

    By JENNIFER RAYMONDee

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    The trend this budget season seems to be aiming for a tight one.

    Kingston City Council discussed expected revenues and expenditures for the 2008-09 fiscal year and to determine which capital improvements are the most important for the city.

    The council, which met last week, was joined by department heads who approached council with their needs.

    Expected revenues are about $5.079 million, which is an increase of $673,985, or 15 percent over last year.

  • Budget Cut ... Advantage Center in jeopardy

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    It’s a joy to be first in many things in life but if you’re Robert Griffith, lately it doesn’t feel so good.

    Griffith is the first local victim of a $200,000 state budget cut. The reason — he has a drivers license.

    The 47-year-old had been enrolled at The Advantage Center in Wartburg since it opened its doors in Morgan County in 1995. Prior to that he was enrolled with Emory Valley Center and rode a van from his home in Morgan County to Oak Ridge for services.

  • Board considers new filtration system for cafeterias

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Morgan County Schools are considering a new water filtration system for cafeterias.