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Today's News

  • Students get drunk drivers education

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Midway High senior Ryan Hargis said he’s never driven a vehicle while drunk.

    And after driving an ATV through a makeshift obstacle course wearing a pair “Fatal Vision” goggles, Hargis said he doesn’t plan to.

    “If it’s anything like that, then I never want to do it because I hit about three cones,” Hargis said.

    Hargis was one of the many Midway students who participated in the drunk-driving drill at school on Wednesday.

  • Jail construction delays may be costly

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Some serious issues are facing the county’s new jail project, and not all are weather related.

    The county has around $10 million committed to the project, which was supposed to be finished in early spring of 2009.

    Now Roane County Executive Mike Farmer is saying he doesn’t know when the project will be finished or if it will be completed on budget.

  • Hall gets shot at WNBA

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Former Oliver Springs standout Laura Hall is one step closer to living out her dream and playing in the WNBA.

  • Roddy reflects on career

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    From winning a gold medal at the 1975 Pan-American games to stopping traffic in Moscow's Red Square, Kingston’s Carolyn Bush Roddy has accomplished a lot on the basketball court.

  • Lowriders roll right past adversity

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Dennis Clark and his wife Betsy love burning up the roadways on their bicycles.

    The couple typically puts in about 20 miles every other day.

    Their low-riding bikes often garner second glances from passing motorists.

    Betsy’s is a recumbent bike that helps ease back pain.

    Her husband’s is even more unusual — a hand-propelled model that works by “rowing” with the handlebars.

  • Tiger tennis team still undefeated

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The Rockwood boys tennis team remained undefeated on the season recently by picking up a 6-3 victory over Carter.

    The victory marks the fourth time this season that the Tigers have been able to win despite forfeiting two matches. Rockwood has just five players and cannot field a team in the singles No. 6 match nor the doubles No. 3 match.

    Rockwood did, however, win six of the seven matches that they competed in. The Tigers went 4-1 in singles and 2-0 in doubles.

  • Coalfield scores 33 runs in twinbill sweep of Indians

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    Coalfield flexed their muscle in District 4-A action last week as they exploded for 33 runs in a double-header sweep of Oneida.

    The Jackets ripped the Indians 21-0 at Oneida last Monday and then returned home to hand them a 12-0 defeat on Tuesday to improve to 4-0 in the district to stay on top.

    In the two games, Coalfield pounded out 32 hits, including 14 extra base hits in staying perfect in the district.

  • Coalfield's Fadnek fans 27 in pair of shutout wins over Lady Indians

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    Jenifer Laurendine’s Coalfield softball team remained perfect in the district with a pair of wins against Oneida last Monday and Tuesday.

    The Lady Jackets (8-6, 4-0 in District 4-A) got another couple of strong pitching performances from their 8th grade ace Lindsey Fadnek. She allowed only three hits and fanned 27 batters in 14 innings of work to keep adding to her impressive strikeout total that has reached 150 on the season.

  • Clem earns state's HBP record

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Coaches are always telling players to take one for the team.

  • Commission votes down school-building plan

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    After months of uncertainty, the school system’s $47 million building plan is officially a no-go.

    The Roane County Commission voted 15-0 against funding the proposal at Monday night’s meeting.

    “In other words, the school board needs to go back to square one and start over,” Commissioner James Harmon said.