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Today's News

  • Operator fined $50,000

    BY CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    An oil-well operator whose well blew its pressure cap then exploded into flame the next day has been fined $50,000 by the state.

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation cited Dan Potts for activities at his Cove Lane well that forced many residents to vacate their homes in the community near Oliver Springs.

    TDEC spokeswoman Meg Lockhart said Potts was cited on March 20 for a list of things, including drilling deeper than his permit allowed.

  • State provides funds to move development of Plateau Park forward

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    At first glance $15,000 doesn't sound like much when you're talking about a multi-million dollar development park but last week's grant announcement is a crucial step for Plateau Partnership Park.

    "This is very critical and hopefully we will be able to parlay it into a million dollar project or more," said Cumberland County Mayor Brock Hill.

  • Chancellor to hear motions on Thursday

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Chancellor Frank V. Williams has signed an order allowing the heirs of Pleas McCartt to become third party plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Morgan County. A hearing will be held in the matter at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 3, in Kingston. At that time Chancellor Williams is expected to hear motions on why the rock pile should be removed.

  • Patton attorney seeks officials' phone records

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Kingston attorney Chris Cawood wants to know what Roane County Commissioners have been talking about.

  • Coalfield sweeps Wartburg

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    In what was billed as the top attraction in District 4-A baseball, Coalfield took a pivotal two-game series last Monday and Tuesday against Morgan County-rival Wartburg to give the Jackets a big leg up in the race for the District 4-A Title.

    “It is good to get started out 2-0 in the district and hopefully we can build on that,” offered Coalfield head coach Jason Wilson.

    “We’ve got our destiny in our own hands. We just got to hit the baseball better.”

  • Youth taking its toll on Kingston in early going

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Veteran teams can often overcome mistakes and find ways to win.

    Unfortunately for Kingston head coach Bruce Robinette, he doesn’t have a team with a lot of experience this year and his squad is still trying to learn from their mistakes.

    Monday evening, the Jackets made some mistakes in the field and the result was an 11-4 loss at Anderson County.

  • "It's Mason!" Boy with heart transplant returns to school

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    For the first time in months Mason Kelley was able to come back to school Monday.

    The Walnut Hill fifth-grader was out much of last semester after a heart transplant at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

    "He just had his last biopsy Tuesday, (March 25)," mom Brooke Kelley said Friday. It showed no sign of rejection, she added.

    She said now that the flu season is over and other illnesses are not such a concern, he can come back to school.

  • Tigers knock off OS in five

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Joey Cofer’s Rockwood Tigers put together a solid performance Thursday evening in picking up an 11-1 victory over Oliver Springs in five innings.

    Offensively, the Tigers pounded out 13 hits and scored in four of their five at bats.

    Tiger ace Zach Breazeale was the beneficiary of all the offense as the left-handed pitcher tossed a three-hitter with two walks and seven strikeouts past the Bobcats.

    Rockwood took the lead for good Monday in the bottom of the first inning.

  • Rockwood church hit by copper thieves

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Copper thieves are still at it.

    This time, their target was a church.

    The Hwy. 70 Church of Christ in Rockwood was hit by thieves on March 19.

    According to church member Cecil Belcher, the thieves took copper off of the air-conditioning unit.

    Belcher said congregation members were at church for Wednesday night services when they realized the heat wasn’t working inside.

    “So, we went out to investigate,” Belcher said.

  • Village donated to Dawn of Hope

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A Harriman man is sharing a part of Christmas he has kept with him through the years.

    Ronnie Westmoreland has spent years building up his Christmas village, Mountain Harbor, a fictional early 1900s Vermont village he created using popular Christmas structures and figu-rines.

    For Westmoreland, New England represents Christmas.