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Today's News

  • Appeals court allows sex videotape trial to proceed

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Kingston attorney Chris Cawood might have to write a follow-up to “Sex, Lies and Videotape” – a book he wrote that featured a sexual relationship with a female client that turned into the talk of the town.

    His legal fight with authorities, in which he alleged “outrageous conduct” by county officials involving the tape, started in 1999. It was well documented in the book.

    A state appeals court ruled this week that Cawood’s legal fight can continue.   

  • County eyes changes to ethics policy

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The Roane County Commission will discuss proposed changes to the county's ethics policy during a workshop on Tuesday.

    “I think it's probably not the policy that we need and so I'm asking the commission to listen to that and see if they agree with me,” said Troy Beets, chairman of the county commission and ethics committee.

    Beets said the current policy is too broad and goes beyond what the Tennessee General Assembly intended for counties to do.  

  • Cherokee sweeps Rockwood

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    The Cherokee Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets defended their home turf Thursday night as both teams defeated visiting Rockwood.

    Defense was the name of the game in both wins as the Lady Jackets picked up a 36-20 victory while the Cherokee boys held on for a 28-20 victory.

    Cherokee will play at home again on Monday against Harriman while Rockwood will not play again until Dec. 1, when they travel to Oliver Springs.

    Girls Game

  • Lady Jackets defeat Harriman

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

       COALFIELD—Coalfield’s high school basketball teams opened up their 2008-09 season by hosting Harriman in a pair of TSSAA-sanctioned Hall-of-Fame games last Thursday.

        The Lady Jackets proved they belong in the among the District 4-A favorites with an impressive 57-48 win over Harriman, while Coalfield’s boys dropped a 65-33 loss to a talented Blue Devil team.

        GIRLS GAME

  • Sunbright stuns ‘Devils

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

        HARRIMAN—Sunbright head basketball coach Marty Maxfield got his high school coaching career off to a great start with an exciting 61-58 win over Harriman last Tuesday night in a TSSAA Hall-of-Fame game.

        Kathryn Johnson’s coaching debut didn’t have the same outcome, but a lot of positives in her Lady Tigers’ 62-41 loss to the Lady Blue Devils.  

    BOYS GAME

  • Morgan County: Christmas in the Mountains returns

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

        Christmas in the Mountains will return to Frozen Head State Park on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4th and 5th for the first time since 1995.

        The Morgan County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with a newly reorganized Friends of Frozen Head to put the event together.  It will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. each evening and will feature several displays by local churches and giant Christmas cards from area businesses.

  • Woman stabbed during domestic incident

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

        An Oakdale woman was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment of stab wounds last week, according to Sheriff Dennis Ledbetter.

        The police report states that an E-911 call was received at about 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 from a woman who claimed her husband had stabbed her while she was still in bed sleeping.

  • Kingston to ditch law that prohibits Election Day liquor sales

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Dispute over a Kingston liquor ordinance has prompted the city council to strike one item from its books — the closing of liquor stores on Election

    Day.

    Bootleggers Liquor Store and Cheers of Kingston were the only stores in the state of Tennessee that were closed, according to Bootleggers’ co-owner Atish “HoJo” Kala.

    According to the Tennessee Alcohol and Beverage Commission, liquor

  • Kingston businessman sings the biodiesel blues

     By DAMON LAWRENCE

  • Rocky Houston trial begins today

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Ambush? Or self-defense?

    Rocky Houston and his attorney may try to convince a jury the latter is what caused the violent deaths of a sheriff’s deputy and his ride-along passenger two and a half years ago.

    If the trial of Rocky’s brother, Leon, is an indication, the state will try to show the jury the deaths were the result of a premeditated slaughter.