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Today's News

  • Rockwood's pit bull ban opposed

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    A proposed ordinance on the agenda for the Rockwood City Council on Monday (tonight) has gained the attention of a local advocacy group.

    Rockwood has plans to vote on an ordinance to ban pit bulls within the city.

    The proposal lit a fire under Wendy Bane, a member of Responsible Dog Owners of Tennessee, who decided to take action.

    She and other members of the group are against breed-specific bans, and plan to take a stand at the meeting.

  • Schools may add week-long fall break

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Roane County students and teachers may get a week off for fall break after all.

    The school board passed a motion Thursday night to revisit the issue of the 2008-09 school calendar to include a full week off.

    The Education Council, which is made up of school board members and school system employees, will come up with a new calendar and then return it to the board.

  • Harriman holds off Midway

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Harriman Lady Devils and Blue Devils ran away with both games Friday night against visiting Midway.

    The Lady Devils used a mix of speed and a decided height advantage to roll to a surprisingly easy 76-46 win over the Lady Waves. The Blue Devils pulled away in the second half for a 72-47 win over the Green Waves.

    Midway returns to action Friday night with a game at Greenback while Harriman travels to Grace Christian.

    Girls Game

  • Constables take hit from Commission

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The first nail in the coffin.

    That’s the way Roane County Commissioner Jerry Goddard described Monday night’s vote on a resolution that could eventually give the commission the power to abolish the office of constable in the county.

    After a lengthy, lively debate, the resolution passed 11-4.

    “You’re not voting the first nail in the coffin,” commissioner Bobby Collier said. “I swear you’re not, Jerry.”

  • 'Testing, testing ... only a test'

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Morgan County Director of Schools Mike Davis will be trying out a new messaging/notification system on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m.

  • County answers suit filed by Henrys

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Morgan County has filed an answer to a lawsuit filed by attorney James Frank Wilson on behalf of Mildred Henry and Summer Brooke Henry contesting the county’s ownership of Farley Davis Road in Mill Creek.

    Descendants of Pleas McCartt thought their mission to get the road opened was successful following the December county commission meeting.

    The road leading to their family homeplace was blocked by a property owner who put up a barricade of rocks and concrete

  • Coalfield shocks Lady 'Cats, 58-47

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    COALFIELD - A long district winning streak is over for Oliver Springs. Coalfield ended the Lady Bobcats’ 22-game win streak in District 4-A action with a convincing 58-47 victory in John Jackson Memorial Gymnasium Friday night.

  • Oakdale snaps 11-game skid to Wartburg, 71-69

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    WARTBURG - It had been a long five years, but it finally paid off for Mike Barber’s Oakdale basketball team.

  • Super 8 Motel Fire
  • Harriman Super 8: 'Worst fire we've had in a while'

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    Roane Newspapers

    Flames shot high from the rooftop against a backdrop of billowing smoke at Super 8 Motel in Harriman Monday night.

    Harriman fire officials said everyone got out the motel safely and the cause of the fire was not immediately known.

    Firefighters from three departments used two ladder trucks to pour water down on the fire while others used hoses on the ground to douse the flames.

    In one first-story room in the rear of the building, a beam had fallen down.