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Today's News

  • Bangley leaving Wartburg grid program

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    John Bangley’s stint at Wartburg is over after only 10 games as head football coach.

  • Lady 'Cats on the prowl


    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Oliver Springs head coach Michelle Christopher knew coming into the season that it might take a few games for her Lady ‘Cats to find their groove.

  • TVA scrubber projects moving along

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    Roane Newspapers

    The price of cleaner air in Roane County will come in a billowing white cloud.

    It’s part of the newest scrubber project for the Kingston Fossil Plant, which offiicials say is moving along as scheduled.

    Rick Christensen, scrubber manager, said the project involves the construction of two scrubber towers to remove sulfur dioxide emissions — a major source of pollution from the plant.

  • Governor visits to award grants

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Gov. Phil Bredesen came in person last week to deliver grant checks totaling some $1 million to various local entities.

  • Road remains closed; lawsuit filed

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    It looks like a judge will decide whether or not Farley Davis Road in the Mill Creek community will be opened.

    Descendants of Pleas McCartt thought their mission to get the road opened was successful.

    The road leading to their family homeplace was blocked by a property owner who put up a barricade of rocks and concrete

    Road Superintendent Roy Smith had planned to remove the mound of rocks but left them in place once the suit was filed last week.

  • These Santas carry handcuffs

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    Red and white are usually the colors that come to mind when most youngsters think of Santa Claus.

    This past Saturday, however, Santa wore brown and olive and came dressed as the Tennessee Highway Patrol for one Roane County family.

    Courtesy of money raised by the highway patrol, a group of siblings was allowed to go on a $100 shopping spree for Christmas.

    Troopers Teresa Brown, Angie Jeffers, Keith Stout and Gary Snow served as escorts for the young shoppers.

  • Jackets work overtime for sweep over Midway

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Midway Middle School Green Waves and the Cherokee Yellow Jackets continued their long standing rivalry Thursday night at Midway in the first meeting of the season between the teams.

    Much like the past few seasons, the Lady Jackets dominated their South of the River rivals while the boys games was closely contested.

    The Lady Jackets rolled to a 44-19 win over Midway to run their record to 11-2. Midway dropped to 4-4 with the loss.

  • Harriman ponders 'no-pay, no-business' policy

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    Roane Newspapers

    A new Harriman resolution means the city will no longer do business with people or enterprises that owe the city money.

    The resolution proposed by Harriman City Councilman Ken Mynatt forbids the city from business transactions “with any individual and/or busi-ness entity that owes the city of Harriman, Tennessee, monies, regardless of amount.”

    The city will make three attempts to collect the money owed before discontinuing business with the debtor.

  • Just how low can the ISO go?

    By DAVID DOONAN

    Roane Newspapers

    Bringing down insurance premiums by reducing the county’s ISO rating is an objective of the Roane County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

    One step that might help was unveiled last Monday to members of Roane County’s volunteer fire departments.

    The Turbo Draft is a pumping device that can make any body of water — creek, swimming pool, lake, retention pond and more — a water source to fight fires.

  • Houstons bond reduction denied

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    Judge James “Buddy” Scott has denied a defense request to reduce the bond for accused murderers Rocky and Leon Houston.

    “I am certainly disappointed,” said Randy Rogers, attorney for Rocky. “I think we demonstrated that the bond was excessive.”

    Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood set bond at $900,000 for each brother during a preliminary hearing in August. Defense lawyers argued that amount is excessive and way too much for two working men presumed to be innocent.