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Today's News

  • JULY 16: Eyewitness status sketchy in Houston trial

    DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    ““May 11, 2006, was a nice spring day,” special prosecutor Robert “Gus” Radford told a Roane County jury Wednesday.

    But before that day was over, Bill Jones and Mike Brown would be dead ee* riddled with bullets ee* after a gunfight on a country lane.

    Radford, in his opening statements in Leon Houston's double murder trial, laid out his theory of how such a day could end so badly for the men.

  • Kingston AAA sputters

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    For three and one-half innings Monday evening it appeared as if the Kingston AAA All-Stars were on their way to an opening round victory in the Dixie Youth AAA State Tournament at Signal Mountain.

  • 32nd camp draws 61 at Wartburg

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    The 32nd annual Morgan County basketball camp was another success, according to camp director Dallas Davis.

  • Oakdale to play 'Beyond the Bricks' in '08

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    Georgia plays between the hedges. Starting this season, Oakdale will be playing beyond the brick.

  • Kingston wins exciting state level game

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    After winning the District 8 AA title with relative ease, the Kingston AA All-Stars received a major challenge Monday afternoon in the opening round of the Dixie Youth AA State Tournament as the Jackets needed a two-out RBI single from Tyler Thurman to drive in Austin Key with the winning run in an exciting 14-13 victory over Hickman County.

  • County passes budget; adds employees, changes fees

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Cases in the local court system just got a little more expensive.

    The Roane County Commission voted to increase the litigation tax on civil and criminal cases from $25 to $50 at Monday night’s meeting.

    The county’s 2008-09 budget was also passed at the meeting, which was moved from the courthouse to the Kingston Community Center because of the Leon Houston murder trial.

    The $104.4 million budget does not call for a hike in the property tax rate.

  • Joyner School Reunion Coming Sept. 6

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    In 1975 the doors of Joyner School were closed after it had served the community for 58 years. There are hundreds of former students who attended the school during those years and if you’re one of them you’ll want to make plans to attend the Joyner School Reunion coming up in just a few weeks.

    A small group of former students have banned together to plan the event which is believed to be only the second reunion in the school’s history.

  • Early Voting begins Friday

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Early Voting for the August General Election and the Democratic and Republican primaries will begin on Friday, July 18.

    Just for Early Voting, the Election Commission office will be open a half-day on Saturday.

    Administrator of Elections Minnie Armes said the county’s only Early Voting site will be in her office on the first floor of the Morgan County Courthouse.

  • Paranoia or conspiracies?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Former General Sessions Court judge Thomas Austin made thousands of rulings for nearly three decades before a federal grand jury indicted him for extortion and money laundering in 2006.

    Whether or not any of those rulings were tainted remains a mystery. Authorities apparently haven’t investigated his prior court decisions to find out.

  • Murder trial starts today

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Some moments create everlasting memories.

    Kingston police Lt. Gary Nelson had one a little over two years ago. He was one of the first officers to see the deceased bodies of a sheriff’s deputy and his civilian partner.

    “Me and two other officers were the first three on the scene,” Nelson said.

    “I’ll never forget that day.”

    That day will be relived over and over in a Roane County Criminal Courtroom for the next few weeks.