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Today's News

  • Feds: Water contamination minimal from exploded well

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Environmental officials were on scene Friday at the site of an oil-well fire in Oliver Springs that was still burning.

    Perry Gaughan, an on-scene coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said officials are monitoring air levels for contaminants.

    The plume of smoke from the fire can be seen from as far away as Ladd Landing in Kingston.

    Gaughan said he and contractors from Atlanta were planning on staying until the fire is out.

  • UPDATE: Residents seek answers after oil-well fire

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    An out-of-control oil well that spewed crude and natural gas all afternoon and night Tuesday exploded before dawn Wednesday, seriously burning a man who was driving by.

    Oliver Springs residents of Cove Lane in Anderson County, which lies near the Roane and Morgan county lines, have been evacuated and may be out of their homes for several days.

    Many are angry and looking for answers about why the situation was allowed to escalate.

    Officials say the fire could take days to get under control.

  • Devils roll to 12-2 win

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Harriman Blue Devils won their opening district game Tuesday night when they cruised by Midway 12-2 at Midway.

    Harriman improved to 3-1 with the win while Midway drops to 1-2.

    Midway jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the Blue Devils with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning, but Harriman used four home runs in the game to score the next 12 runs to pick up the win.

  • Harriman coach inducted into TSSAA hall of fame

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    There’s not a lot Richard Pickell hasn’t accomplished on the basketball court.

    As a player, Pickell was a starter on Lenoir City’s 1958 state championship team. He was later enshrined into the Lenoir City Hall of Fame for that accomplishment.

    As a coach, Pickell amassed 561 wins in 30 years as a head coach. Twenty-four of those years came at Harriman where he’s most remembered for leading the 1995 Blue Devils to the TSSAA Class AA State Championship.

  • Lady Waves roll past Lady Dawgs

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    Armed with bats of aluminum and hot pitching, the Midway Lady Green Waves capsized the Wartburg Central Lady Bulldogs with a convincing 15-2 victory Monday afternoon in softball action.

  • Bunch leads Morgan basketball players

    Wartburg junior Caleb Bunch finished the 2007-08 high school basketball season with a county-best 21.2 points a game and 74 three-pointers to lead the boys.

    Oakdale junior Korin Pease led the girls with an 11.9 point average and 42 treys. See the Morgan County News, Page 2-B, for complete statistics.

  • Wartburg fends off Harriman

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    Wartburg outlasted Harriman 5-4 in 10 innings last Tuesday to open up the 2008 high school baseball season.

    In what many consider two of the top teams in Region 2-A, the game lived up to the hype as the Bulldogs (1-0) found a way to pull out the win at home.

    The first two innings were scoreless until the top of the third when Harriman's Cody Pierce gave the Devils a 1-0 lead, but Wartburg responded right back with a three-run outburst in the bottom of the inning.

  • Lady Jackets win pitchers' duel

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Fans attending Monday’s softball game between Kingston and Coalfield were treated to a good old-fashioned pitching duel between a pair of youngsters, Kingston freshman Jessica Korb and Coalfield eighth-grader Lindsey Fadnek.

    The duo combined to strikeout 25 hitters on the night while giving up just seven hits, but in the end it would be the Lady Jackets from Kingston defending their home turf with a 4-1 victory.

  • Harriman vs. Kingston annexation hearing set

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A hearing on Harriman’s lawsuit to void Kingston’s annexation referendum is scheduled June 10.

    The lawsuit, filed by Harriman in February, would put a stop Kingston’s annexation property just west of the Hwy. 70 bridge — if Harriman is successful.

    Harriman officials contend that its annexation proceedings to annex all the way from its current city limits take precedent over the activities of Kingston.

  • Contractor Integrity Card; another safeguard for our older citizens

    Morgan County Executive, Becky Ruppe visited the Sunbright Senior Citizens to talk about adding a new idea to Morgan County's Elder Watch Program.

    Ruppe along with Gigi Schooler, Morgan County's Chamber Director plan to visit all the centers if possible to explain how the program can help.