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Today's News

  • Current city ordinances do not allow signage

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Kingston City Council has been approached several times in the last few months about the need for directional signs by real estate agents.

    But at a meeting last week, Kingston city attorney Sandy McPherson said the city currently does not allow signs on or attached to any public property.

    Local real estate agents addressed council at the Thursday meeting, hoping to change the policy so that they can post small directional signs to lead people to their open houses.

  • Group wants tract named for Todd

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Morgan County Commissioners voted Monday night to ask the State to name some newly acquired lands near Frozen Head State Park in memory of Donald Todd.

    Todd was a noted local historian and was known for being a conservationist long before it was cool. He worked tirelessly to preserve the lands at Frozen Head and spearheaded the effort to have a portion of those lands protected as a natural area.

  • Discovery Fest Coming April 19

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Hundreds of folks have been coming to Wartburg the last few years to enjoy Discovery Fest and this version will be showcased on Saturday.

    Kingston Street will be blocked and food and craft vendors will be set up along the street in front of Wartburg City Hall. Vendors are scheduled to be in place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

    In addition local artists will take the stage on the gazebo throughout the day. Performers will feature gospel, country, bluegrass and Americana music.

  • Big innings lead Tigers past Waves

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    With former Rockwood head coach David Lane now an assistant at Roane State and four Tiger players having already signed scholarships to play for the Raiders this fall, it’s no wonder that the Tigers felt at home Thursday in their 16-7 victory over Midway in a game played at Roane State.

  • Jets soar past Bobcats, 20-15

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    In a game that saw both teams combine for a mind-boggling 35 runs and 36 hits, the Cumberland County Jets soared to a 20-15 win over the Oliver Springs Bobcats in what can be best described as an exhibition of offensive firepower.

  • Rising fuel costs draining county coffers

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Some county officials and department heads say the money their departments have budgeted for fuel is being drained because of increased cost.

    Ambulance director Gloria Wright even went to the county budget committee earlier this month to ask for additional funds.

    “Our runs are up over the last few months tremendously,” Wright said. “We did more runs in January than we’ve ever done in a January before, and more in February than we’ve ever done in a February before.”

  • There's no place like home

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Dawn Jenkins’ students will miss her sweet smile a little longer.

    The Walnut Hill Elementary School teacher’s life is starting to return to normal after a liver transplant in February, but she won’t return to school until the fall.

    Medication to prevent rejection weakens the immune system of transplant recipients, so she must limit her access to the public.

  • Kingston picking up the pace

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    After struggling at the start of the 2008 season, the Kingston Yellow Jackets seem to be hitting their stride as Bruce Robinette’s squad have now won three games in a row.

    The streak started last week with a 3-1 victory over District 4-AA foe Anderson County and it continued Monday and Tuesday with district victories over Stone Memorial. The Jackets downed the Panthers 19-6 on Monday and 5-0 on Tuesday.

    Kingston vs. Anderson County

  • Lady Cats own Lady Dogs

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Twenty-four hours after rolling to an 11-0 victory at home over Wartburg, the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats travelled to Wartburg and cruised to an 11-1 victory in five innings.

    Kim Hall tossed a two-hitter past the Lady Bulldogs on Monday and she was even better on Tuesday as she allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out 12 on the day.

    Offensively, the Lady ‘Cats put the game away quickly with nine runs in the first two innings of play.

  • Meth lab material found on roadside

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said nothing shocks him when it comes to the actions of methamphetamine makers.

    “They’re desperate people,” he said. “They do desperate things, and they have reckless disregard for the public.”

    The sheriff said that’s why he wasn’t surprised at the discovery made by his litter crew – a group of jail inmates who pick up trash around the county.