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Today's News

  • 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.

  • City searches for savings

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    The city of Kingston, like many other municipalities, businesses and households, is looking at ways to cut costs.

    Mayor Troy Beets brought up the issue of increased fuel and utility costs at last week’s city council work session.

    Beets was hoping to make employees more aware of the issue and look at ways to save.

    “It’s hard on folks out there,” Beets said. “I’d like to see us set some examples.”

  • Drug Court makes a difference in life of one Wartburg woman

    Does it work?

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and local Drug Court Coordinator Stacie Basler says that is especially true of the three participants who have completed her program so far.

    Tonya Laymance is the most recent graduate of the program and Basler applauds the steps she has taken to turn her life around.

    Drug Court is designed to help repeating drug offenders to overcome their addiction to become productive citizens.

  • TBI takes lead

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    As of Oct. 9, TBI Agent Brad Nealon is now leading the investigation of the Sept. 5th shooting at Edna Mae’s Bar and Grill.

    It was reported earlier that TBI had entered the investigation to assist the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office but District Attorney General Russell Johnson said last week that the TBI is now leading the investigation.

  • Highly ranked Oneida rolls past Harriman

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Sometimes you just have to tip your hat to the opponent and say maybe next time.