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Today's News

  • Thunder Road town to vote on liquor

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Rockwood may be getting a little wetter — and it’s not due to the recent downpours brought by Tropical Storm Fay.

    Two petitions were circulating in the town that celebrates its moonshing and bootlegging past with a Thunder Road festival.

    One petition would allow residents to vote on whether to allow package stores to sell liquor; another petition calls for a vote to allow liquor by the drink.

  • Dems focus on local races

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The Roane County Democratic Party held a grand opening for its party headquarters on Aug. 18.

    As of Thursday morning, there were still no Barack Obama signs in the windows.

    “That’s a pretty easy one, isn’t it,” said Monty Lankford, the Republican challenging Lincoln Davis for his 4th District congressional seat. “Who’d want to be tied to Barack Obama?”

  • Eagles snap losing streak

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    OAKDALE—After struggling through 22 straight losses, Oakdale ushered in the 2008 high school football season with an explosion against Jellico last Friday night on Hollis Eble Field.

    The Eagles (1-0), which had went winless the last two seasons, led from start to finish in a 29-7 victory over Jellico.

    “The monkey is off our back and the losing streak is over,” offered rookie Eagle head coach Randy Miller, who enjoyed his coaching debut.

  • David Brainerd defeats Sunbright 26-16

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    CHATTANOOGA—It was a cat fight at Washington Hills in Chattanooga last Friday night.

    The David Brainerd Christian Wildcats beat the Sunbright Tigers 26-16 to open up the 2008 high school football season.

    Last year, David Brainerd topped Sunbright 14-7 to spoil Johnny Harrison’s coaching debut.

    David Brainerd jumped out to a 13-0 first quarter lead with Brooks Thedford hitting Will Keebler for a 46-yard touchdown pass and Denzel Lowery added a nine-yard scoring run.

  • Thursday night showdown: Kingston at Harriman

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Roane County high school football fans will get a bonus game this week as Harriman (1-0) will host Kingston (0-0) on Thursday instead of the usual Friday evening contest.

  • OSMS escapes Coalfield with 16-12 win

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    The Oliver Springs and Coalfield rivalry over the years has been comparable to the Hatfields and the McCoys. This year’s middle school game was no exception as both teams battled tooth and nail for 32 minutes and when the dust settled, it was the Bobcats escaping from the bituminous mountain known as Coalfield with a 16-12 victory.

  • Affidavit not necessary in ethics cases

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    People who file complaints with the Roane County Ethics Committee do not need a signed affidavit.

    That’s the opinion of County Attorney Tom McFarland.

    He was asked for his opinion on the matter after attorney J. Polk Cooley suggested complainants needed a signed affidavit attached to their complaints.

    McFarland said that only applies to the Tennessee Ethics Commission and not the local ethics committee.

  • Ruppe, Kilby meet with Britain's Consul General

    By STAFF REPORT

    Her Majesty’s Consul General Martin Rickerd came to Morgan County last week to meet with Sen. Tommy Kilby and County Executive Becky Ruppe to discuss bio-fuels.

    “Mr. Rickerd’s visit was to discuss alternative fuels, energy sources and different possibilities of the United Kingdom and the United States doing energy related businesses together,” Ruppe said in a press release.

    Ruppe said Rickerd was especially interested in the Northington Energy bio-diesel plant which is under construction in Flat Fork Business Park.

  • Lancing Festival is Saturday

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    They’ve been planning for months and the weekend for the Second Annual Lancing Festival is almost here.

    Lots of great activities are planned throughout the day beginning at 11 a.m. when the festival opens.

    New this year will be a special storytelling session to record (both audio and video) your memories of Lancing. That session will begin at 1 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church, and everyone is invited to come, listen and participate.

  • Shuler skeptics critical of TVA ties, deal

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    What does a North Carolina congressional race have to do with Roane County?

    Plenty, if you’re Heath Shuler.

    The Democratic congressman, who represents North Carolina’s 11th District, has been catching flak lately for a deal involving one of his companies and TVA.

    The controversy involves a business deal with an agency Shuler helps oversee.

    He serves on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.