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Today's News

  • Davis explains teachers' dismissal, resignation

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Following Monday night’s school board workshop Director of Schools Mike Davis commented on the resignation of Sunbright teacher and football coach Johnny Harrison and dismissal of Oakdale teacher Susan White during an interview.

  • Spurling sentenced for sex with underage girl

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Criminal Court Judge Eugene Eblen sentenced a former school teacher to 90 days in jail for his guilty plea on statutory rape.

    Kevin Spurling, who taught in the Knox County school system, accepted a plea agreement with prosecutors in July for a two-year sentence.

    Spurling was asking for judicial diversion and no jail time, but Eblen said he didn’t feel it was proper.

  • Catholic comes from behind to spoil Kingston title hopes

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Kingston’s hopes of winning the 2008 Region 2-AAA regular season championship came to a close Friday night as Knoxville Catholic drove 95 yards for a touchdown in the final three minutes and then added the two-point conversion for an 8-7 victory for the Irish.

  • Cats notch first win with 26-0 decision over Wartburg

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    There haven’t been a lot of highs this season for the Oliver Springs Bobcats, but that wasn’t the case Friday night as Wiley Brackett’s squad picked up their first win of the season with a 26-0 victory at Wartburg.

  • Former RMC administrator dies

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    The Roane County medical community is mourning the loss of the man credited with shaping Roane Medical Center into what it is today.

    Harry Wade, who was administrator of the Harriman-based hospital for many years, died Thursday in a Knoxville hospital. He was 82.

    Wade was named administrator of what was then Harriman City Hospital in 1953. During his 37 years of leadership, the facility that evolved into Roane Medical Center underwent major building and service expansions.

  • Dill resigns from RCHS

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Roane County High School principal Robert Dill, who had a complaint filed against him by a former school board member, has resigned.

    However, he’s not going anywhere just yet.

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff said Dill’s resignation is effective at the end of his contract, which doesn’t expire until after the 2008-09 school year.

    McGriff said Thursday that Dill resigned for personal reasons.

    “For the best interest of his family,” she said.

  • KRB leader Jackson charged

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Keep Roane Beautiful’s former director, Wendy Jackson, has been indicted on charges of theft from the nonprofit organization.

    Jackson, 43, 105 Edgewood Drive, Harriman, is accused of obtaining debit cards for the beautification organization’s account without authorization, then often using them for personal charges.

    One card was in her Jackson’s name; another was in a board member’s name.

    There are approximately $14,000 in charges from Jackson’s card.

  • Sheriff ponders additional jail staff

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Next year, the county will open up a new 172-bed jail on Third Street in Kingston.

    Officials are now trying to figure out how many more employees the sheriff’s office will need to run the facility.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton told members of the Sheriff’s Liaison Committee this week that he could need an additional 20 to 25 employees.

    “We need to be able to justify why we’re looking at that many more people,” Commissioner David Currier said.

  • Playoffs just over the horizon

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    With only two weeks left in the regular season, the playoff picture is beginning to clear up a bit for Roane County’s five teams and things will become much more clear after this week’s action.

  • Midway unexpectedly in middle school semis

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    After losing their first six games of the season, virtually no one expected the Midway Middle School Green Waves to be in the TSMAA semifinals.

    Midway, however, visited Huntsville in the first round of the TMSAA playoffs Thursday and came away with a surprising 18-8 win over the top seed from the northwest division.

    While most of the Midway coaches wanted the win badly, they weren’t as sure going into the game that they would get it.