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Today's News

  • Elderly man found dead in home

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    An elderly Sunbright man was found dead in his home Saturday.

    Sheriff Dennis Ledbetter said William Jerry McCowan, 83, is believed to have died from natural causes and may have been dead for about three days.

  • Hwy. 27 project funded for ROW purchase

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Expansion of State Route 62 from Wartburg to Petit Lane is already underway but progress is also being made on the expansion of U.S. Highway 27.

    Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commis-sioner Gerald Nicely was in Morgan County for the official groundbreaking of the Highway 62 project a few weeks ago.

    At that time Nicely said a portion of the U.S. Highway 27 project has been funded to purchase right-of-way.

  • TSSA adopts Z-Plan

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    As expected last week, the TSSAA Board of Control voted in favor of the Z-Plan for re-classifying Tennessee high school football at the start of the 2009 season, but what does that mean for Roane County’s five football teams?

  • Four-day school week? Rising fuel costs prompt speculation

    DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The school system will present a budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year that won’t require a property tax increase to fund.

    The Roane County Board of Education approved the almost $61.8 million budget Thursday night. The budget passed 9-0.

    “I’m satisfied with it,” board chairman Earl Nall said. “I wish we could have asked for more, but these are just not good times to ask for more money.”

    The county commission is the funding body for the school system.

  • Three Roane Countians dance way to honors

    By JENNIFER RAYMONDee

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Three Roane County students have something to be proud of.

    All have made impressive accomplishments through their background in dance.

    All three studied at Arts In Motion Dance Studio in Roane County.

    Abbey Austin, 18, has been with the studio since it was first opened by her mother, Jennifer, 15 years ago.

    She was accepted to college at Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia, where she will study musical theater.

  • Roane women compete in national tournament

    Nine area women recently represented the Roane County Women's Bowling Association in the USBC Women's Nationals Bowling Tournament running April 10-July 6, in Detroit, MI.

    For more than 90 years women have crisscrossed the Nation each spring to bowl in the United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships. In its 90-year history, the event has grown to become the largest participatory sporting event for women. The tournament attracts participants of all skill levels ranging from the average weekly league bowler to the game's all-time greats.

  • Patton lawsuit date changed to avoid conflict

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The case of former constable Mark Patton versus Roane County will not conflict with voting at the courthouse for the Aug. 7 election.

    Chancellor Billy Joe White tentatively rescheduled the case for Aug. 22 during a hearing that featured some heated exchanges between lawyers.

    Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland was seeking to have the case moved from Aug. 7 because the courthouse is closed that day because of the election.

  • Speeding tickets down on Roane highways

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    In this day of record high gas prices, drivers are really looking to save.

    One way is to drive slower.

    “It’s not a myth,” said David Clifton of David Clifton Chevrolet-Buick-Pontiac in Rock-wood. “If you cut down on your speed, it will increase your gas mileage.”

    Whether drivers are doing it is not exactly clear.

    The number of speeding tickets issued by the Tennessee Highway Patrol was down over the first five months of 2008.

  • Lady Tigers compete at Tech & Heritage

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    Allen Davis likes what he has seen out of his Lady Tiger basketball team this summer. He sees a team that is much improved and is building depth for the upcoming season.

    “They all have stepped up at camp. I’ve been pleased over the summer so far and all the girls are playing well,” said Davis.

  • Coalfield plays at Maryville College

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    For a team that struggled through a one-win season, competing is what Coalfield is looking to do heading into the 2008-09 basketball season.

    Ted McKinney’s team took part in a four-day team camp at Maryville College and he came away pleased with the results.

    “We’ve done really well. We’ve played good basketball. We’ve improved a whole lot from last year. Our kids are actually moving and playing a lot better defense,”