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Today's News

  • Dark horse or spoiler? Fenner runs for senate

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Ken Yager and Becky Ruppe might not be the only 12th District state senate candidates on the ballot in the fall.

    Christopher Fenner plans to give the voters yet another choice.

    The Roane County resident said he’s running for the senate seat as an independent.

    Yager, a Republican, and Ruppe, a Democrat, are the obvious frontrunners in the race.

    But Fenner has been a political underdog before.

  • Kingston proposed tax increase 7 cents

    By JENNIFER RAYMONDee

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    The trend this budget season seems to be aiming for a tight one.

    Kingston City Council discussed expected revenues and expenditures for the 2008-09 fiscal year and to determine which capital improvements are the most important for the city.

    The council, which met last week, was joined by department heads who approached council with their needs.

    Expected revenues are about $5.079 million, which is an increase of $673,985, or 15 percent over last year.

  • Budget Cut ... Advantage Center in jeopardy

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    It’s a joy to be first in many things in life but if you’re Robert Griffith, lately it doesn’t feel so good.

    Griffith is the first local victim of a $200,000 state budget cut. The reason — he has a drivers license.

    The 47-year-old had been enrolled at The Advantage Center in Wartburg since it opened its doors in Morgan County in 1995. Prior to that he was enrolled with Emory Valley Center and rode a van from his home in Morgan County to Oak Ridge for services.

  • Board considers new filtration system for cafeterias

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Morgan County Schools are considering a new water filtration system for cafeterias.

  • Roane Relay For Life June 20

    In its 7th year, walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Roane County.

    Teams of Roane County residents will gather at Roane State Community College on June 20 at 6 p.m. for an overnight relay against cancer. Relay For Life is a family-oriented team event where participants walk relay-style around the track and take part in fun activities off the track. Teams can include coworkers, club members, family and friends who have gathered donations prior to the event.

  • Kingston, Harriman pick up tourney wins

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The Harriman Blue Devils and Kingston Yellow Jackets each traveled to Lenoir City over the weekend and both would pick up one win in tournament action.

  • Rockwood goes 2-for-3 in scramble

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Rockwood spent the weekend playing three Class AA teams at the 2008 Loudon Scramble.

    Things went well for the Tigers in their first two games as they knocked off Carter, 5-4, and Alcoa, 4-1, but things didn’t go well against the host school as the Redskins handed the Tigers a 10-1 setback.

    Rockwood vs. Carter

  • 'Dogs sweep Oakdale

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    Terry Coker’s baseball team secured a bye in next week’s District 4-A Tournament with a sweep of Oakdale last Monday and Tuesday to earn the #2 spot.

    Wartburg (15-6, 8-2 in District 4-A) got a 9-2 victory over the Eagles last Monday on the road.

    Trailing 1-0 after two innings, the Bulldogs pushed across two runs in the third to take the lead for good. They would later scored three runs in each the fifth and seventh innings to put the game away and pull out a 9-2 win over the Eagles.

  • Coalfield captures '08 District 4-A Title

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    When Jason Wilson starred in baseball at Coalfield back in the early 1990’s, his teams always won district championships. He is starting to get that tradition back going again. After winning the 2007 District 4-A Tournament in his first season as Coalfield skipper, he has led the Jackets to the 2008 District 4-A regular season crown.

  • Judge listens to Houston tape

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Rocky Houston doesn't trust the court system.

    He's made that point clear in the past, and he continued to reiterate it with some animated testimony during a motions hearing in Roane County Criminal Court on Tuesday.

    Rocky and his brother, Leon, are charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of felony murder. They are accused of killing Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones and his friend, Mike Brown, on May 11, 2006.