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Today's News

  • Coalfield plays at Maryville College

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    For a team that struggled through a one-win season, competing is what Coalfield is looking to do heading into the 2008-09 basketball season.

    Ted McKinney’s team took part in a four-day team camp at Maryville College and he came away pleased with the results.

    “We’ve done really well. We’ve played good basketball. We’ve improved a whole lot from last year. Our kids are actually moving and playing a lot better defense,”

  • TSSAA takes up classification debate

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Public vs. Private, Rural vs. Urban, and high gas prices.

    Those are the three big items that are fueling the conversation this week as the TSSAA meets in Franklin to come up with a possible new classification plan beginning in 2009 for its 375 member schools.

    If changes do occur, football will be the sport most affected by the changes.

  • Assessor must give up call details

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said she has no problem letting her opponent view the business calls she makes on her cell phone.

    It’s the personal calls that she doesn’t want him to see.

    That’s why she is vowing to contest any agreement that says otherwise.

  • Kingston wins annexation battle brought by Harriman

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A Roane County judge found in favor of Kingston in a lawsuit filed by Harriman over areasof Midtown both the municipalities hoped to annex.

    Kingston held a referendum to take in land whose property owners wanted to be part of that city, but Harriman officials filed suit to overturn the successful vote.

    At issue were parcels of property between the Hwy. 70 Clinch River bridge and the Harriman city limits.

  • Investigation leads to six-count indictment

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    A local man with addresses in both Morgan and Scott counties has been indicted on six counts of alleged sex crimes against children by a Morgan County Grand Jury. He also faces 20 felony indictments in Scott County on similar allegations.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said the charges came through a criminal investigation by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office that led into Morgan County.

  • Board looks to trim $500,000 from budget

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Director of Morgan County Schools Mike Davis didn’t have a whole lot of good news for members of the Morgan County School Board during Monday night’s budget workshop.

    Davis said that as projections stand now a half million dollars needs to be cut from the 2008-09 school budget.

    Davis listed several places where cuts can be made without affecting the classroom but said even if all those items are cut there will still be almost $200,000 remaining to be trimmed.

  • Roane State announces basketball camp dates

    Roane State Men’s Basketball program will offer boys basketball camps for ages 5-8 on June 16-20 from 9 a.m. until noon ($55) and for ages 9-13 June 23-27 from 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. ($105).

    “I and my staff are committed to teaching proper skills while maintaining a positive and en-thusiastic atmosphere,” points out Raider head coach and camp director Randy Nesbit.

  • County fire plan gets mixed reviews

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Volunteer fire departments rely heavily on donations and fund-raisers to operate.

    Some chiefs are worried the contributions could dry up if a fire tax district is created to help fund a county fire department.

    “I’m pretty sure it could,” West Roane County Chief Charlie Redwine said. “I’m no expert on that, but it could cause some people to say, ‘Well, I’m paying taxes for it now, so why should I donate?’”

  • Kingston eyes 'minimal tax rate hike; fees

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    As the budget process starts to wind down, residents can get a better look at what to expect for the next fiscal year, especially regarding their taxes.

    Kingston residents, as the budget stands now, can expect a 5-cent property tax rate increase.

    This will put the rate at $1.35 per $100 of assessed property. For a property valued at $75,000, the increase will be less than $13 a year.

  • Splish, splash and stay cool in a city pool

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Swimming is one of the best ways to beat the heat in the summer time and both the Rockwood and Kingston Community Center swimming pools offer a safe, fun and inexpensive way to swim this summer.

    Both pools offer public swim times in the afternoon as well as exercise classes and swimming lessons for the public.

    The Kingston Community Center pool is open seven days a week with open pool for the public on Monday through Friday from 1-4:30 p.m. Admission for public swim is $2.50.