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Today's News

  • Johnson, grand jury to review ethics complaints

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson plans to take the results of several investigations regarding Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham and Steven Robinette before the grand jury on Tuesday.

  • Houston's behavior a concern for court

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Rocky Houston’s behavior was a topic once again during a pretrial hearing on Friday.

    “Your conduct in court is of great concern,” Special Judge James “Buddy” Scott told him.

    Rocky’s conduct is also a concern outside the courtroom.

    After allegedly scuffling with officers after a hearing on Oct. 10, Rocky entered Roane County Criminal Court wearing a mesh spit mask with his hands shackled behind his back.

  • Kirkham, Robinette feud lands before grand jury

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson plans to take the results of several investigations regarding Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham and Steven Robinette before the grand jury on Tuesday.

    Johnson has extended an invitation for Kirkham, Robinette and their attorneys to attend the grand jury meeting.

  • Sports career cut short by shaving cream revived 53 years later

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Fifty-three years ago, Ken Mink was gearing up for his sophomore basketball season at a Kentucky junior college when he was expelled from school.

    Mink professed innocence in the vandalism of his coach’s office, but it would not matter.

    His dream of playing college basketball skidded to a halt.

    Now Mink is getting a second chance to finish what he started.

    The 73-year-old from Knoxville is playing basketball for Roane State Community College.

  • Ethics committee hands one off to district attorney general

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The decision on whether property assessor Teresa Kirkham did anything wrong on her expense reporting could come from the district attorney general’s office.

    Following the advice of County Attorney Tom McFarland, the Roane County Ethics Committee decided that two ethics complaints filed against Kirkham should be turned over to District Attorney General Russell Johnson for further investigation.

  • MMS upsets 'Cats, 22-18

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    Two battered and bruised teams limped into the final game of the regular season for Roane County's middle school teams and the Midway Middle School Green Waves would come away with a surprising 22-18 win over Oliver Springs Middle for only the second win of the year for MMS.

    Midway had lost their top back, Dillion Keller two weeks previously to a concussion while OSMS lost all-everything back Seth Morgan to a torn ACL when they played Wartburg a week earlier.

    Both teams scored to end their first possession of the game.

  • Rockwood romps 'Dogs

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    ROCKWOOD - Dan Shoemaker's luck couldn't get much worse during his first season as head coach at Wartburg. The injuries continue to mount and his Bulldogs suffered a 51-0 loss at Rockwood during the Tigers' homecoming Friday night on Civitan Field.

  • Stephens steps in for Harrison

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    Johnny Harrison's forced resignation last Friday morning put Scott Stephens into the position of head football coach at Sunbright High School.

    Harrison ended his 16-game stint as the head coach of the Tigers with a 6-10 record over the last two seasons.

    Stephens was notified Friday morning and accepted to fill the position on an interim basis to finish out the season.

  • Christopher names college choice

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Kayla Christopher wanted to choose a college to continue her playing career before the Lady 'Cats tipped off the 2008-09 season.

  • Early voting begins

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The country will pick its 44th president on Nov. 4. Tennessee voters don’t have to wait to make their choice, however. Early voting for the presidential election starts today, Oct. 15.

    According to the Roane County Election Commission, there’s more than 36,000 registered voters in Roane County.

    Administrator of Elections Tony Brown said turnout for the election could approach 70 percent. He is urging people not to wait until Election Day.