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Today's News

  • Wartburg stops Sunbright

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

        WARTBURG—Wartburg opened up their District 4-A season with an impressive sweep of Sunbright Friday night.

        The Lady Bulldogs remained undefeated with a 70-41 victory over Sunbright, while the Wartburg boys cruised to a 69-24 win against the Tigers, who went the entire third quarter without scoring.    

                    GIRLS GAME    

  • Meth bust leads busy week

    The Morgan County Sheriff's Department had a very busy week. They started the week by busting another meth lab in Deer Lodge and ended it with another drug bust in Petros. In between, they charged a Morgan County Road Department employee with passing a school bus discharging passengers, and they arrested a man for robbing the Rocky Top Market in Wartburg.

  • Monetary incentives considered for retiring teachers

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

        The final Morgan County School Board workshop of 2008 took place Monday evening and lasted only 22 minutes.

        Despite such a short meeting, it was very beneficial with a teacher retirement incentive highlighting the talk of the workshop.

  • Midway splits with Greenback

     By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

  • Where was Rocky's rifle in shootout?

    By TERRI LIKENS

    rceditor@bellsouth.net

    Where was Rocky Houston's high-powered rifle when a police cruiser swung into the parking area in front of his brother's house on May 11, 2006?

    It's an important question for jurors who have to decide whether Houston was acting in self-defense in the shootout that ensued.

    However, the answers from defense witnesses at Rocky's double-murder trial have not been definitive.

  • Jury begins deliberations in Houston case

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Rocky Houston will not testify in his double-murder trial. He informed Special Judge James “Buddy” Scott of his decision Tuesday afternoon.

    “And that's your own personal decision?” Scott asked.

    “Yes,” Rocky responded.

    During his opening statement, defense attorney Randy Rogers hinted that Rocky might take the witness stand in his own defense.

  • Defense testimony vivid in Houston murder trial

    By TERRI LIKENS

    rceditor@bellsouth.net

    Rocky Houston did not take the stand Friday in his double murder case, but his wife, Nancy, did.

    She drew a rare courtroom smile from her husband when she testified she was more likely to get mad at Rocky  than he at her.

  • Spirit of the season more than just shopping

     

    “Recession? What recession?”

    Those were surprising words shared in a telephone call some days back with a former colleague and dear friend.

  • Tears fall as details of injuries offered by pathologist

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Mike Brown was on the ground, paralyzed from the waist down when he received a shot to the head that sent his jaw bone flying down Barnard Narrows Road.

    Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan, a forensic pathologist, stuck to that story no matter how much defense attorney Randy Rogers tried to debunk her testimony on Thursday in Rocky Houston's double-murder trial.

  • Wednesday update: Jurors see bullet from Houston's body

    By TERRI LIKENS

    rceditor@bellsouth.net

    The barrage of bullets in a May 11, 2006, shootout between Rocky and Leon Houston and two men in a police cruiser probably ended in a matter of seconds, according to witnesses.

    But at Rocky's first-degree murder trial in the shooting deaths of Roane County Deputy Bill Jones and his ride-along friend Mike Brown, discussion of those bullets — and the guns that fired them — has been the subject of many hours of testimony.