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Today's News

  • Davis to determine probable cause in Stoll case

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Robert Stoll will be back before Judge Mike Davis Thursday morning for a hearing to determine if there's probable cause to send him to the Grand Jury on two counts of second-degree murder.

    Stoll is accused of firing a shot into a car fleeing from his property on Monday, Feb. 11.

    At the time Sheriff Dennis Ledbetter said the shot came after an alleged attempt to steal a radiator. That shot is believed to have resulted in the deaths of 25-year-old Jessica Hatmaker and her unborn child.

  • McCartts weigh in on lawsuit; ask for barricade to be moved

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Descendants of Pleas McCartt are asking the Court to allow them to be third party plaintiffs in a case between Mildred and Summer Henry and Morgan County.

  • 'If he's done something criminal you would think they would have arrested him'

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A hearing is scheduled in Roane County Chancery Court on Friday, March 7, regarding a motion for injunctive relief that the county has filed against former constable Mark Patton. Injunctive relief means the county is asking the court to restrain Patton from “threatening, harassing, intimidating, or coming about” the defendants in his lawsuit against the county. The county is also asking the court to restrain Patton from doing the same to local law enforcement officers.

  • Lady Bulldogs fall to Jackson County

    Wartburg Central's Lady Bulldogs fell, 47-34, to Jackson County Wednesday afternoon in the Division I-A state quarterfinals at Murphy Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.

    The Lady Bulldogs were making their first trip in school history to the tournament. They finished the season at 21-10.

    See next week's Morgan County News for indepth coverage.

  • Lady 'Cats fall to Clarkrange in state tournament

    The Oliver Springs Lady ‘Cats fell, 55-46, to Clarkrange Wednesday afternoon in the Division I-A state quarterfinals at Murphy Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.

    The Lady Cats got 24 points from Tennessee Miss Basketball nominee Kayla Christopher. Brooke Barger added 10 points in the losing effort. They finished the season at 25-9. Clarkrange advanced and improved to 31-6 with the win.

    See next Friday’s Roane County News for indepth coverage.

  • Lady 'Cats taking on familiar foe

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.nets

    When the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats open play today in the TSSAA Class A State Tournament they will be taking on a familiar foe in perennial state power Clarkrange.

  • Middle school baseball tourney set for March

    Cherokee Middle School along with Lenoir City Middle School will be hosting a baseball tournament on March 3-5.

    Cherokee will host two games a day at Southwest Point. Games begin each evening at 5:30 p.m.

    The championship game is set for Friday, March 7 at Lenoir City.

    A total of six teams will be participating in the tournament.

    Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for students.

  • Schools closed due to illness

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Sick students and teachers will have some extra time to try and get better before returning to school.

    Roane County officials called off schools today, March 3, because of illness.

    Roane County students and teachers also got an unexpected three-day weekend last month when school was closed on Feb. 22 because of illness.

    Many other school systems throughout East Tennessee have called off classes recently due to illness.

  • Plateau Park: Will the cooperative venture pay off?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A great day for Roane County.

    That’s how County Executive Mike Farmer described the Plateau Partnership Park before a ground-breaking ceremony last fall.

    It was also an expensive day for the Roane County taxpayers.

    Plateau Partnership Park is a joint industrial park venture between Cumberland, Morgan and Roane counties. Each county reportedly agreed to issue bonds of $2.5 million for the project.

  • McGriff semifinalist for Knox schools post

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff was one of 12 semifinalists for the superintendent position of Knox County Schools.

    The Knox County Board of Education met on Monday at the Andrew Johnson Building in downtown Knoxville to discuss the candidates.

    McGriff wasn’t one of the five candidates the board chose to bring in for interviews, but that doesn’t mean she’s out of the running for the position.