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Today's News

  • Wartburg hosts football camp

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    WARTBURG—Football in June was a reality last week in Wartburg. Bulldog head coach Dan Shoemaker put on the first Wartburg Football Camp with a week of football fundamentals.

  • Lady Eagles face rebuilding season

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    Fred Snow has seen it all before during his long-time coaching career at Oakdale. He has had to rebuild numerous times over the span of four different decades.

  • Harriman youths pick up one win

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    After not competing in last week’s sub-district tournament, the Harriman A All-Stars finally got their chance to play and the results have been mixed as the Blue Devils have one win in their first three round robin games in the Dixie Youth District 8 A Tournament.

    Harriman played two games Saturday. The first was a 17-11 loss to Madisonville, but the second was a 20-11 victory over Spring City.

    Harriman’s third game came on Monday and the result was a tough 14-13 extra-inning loss to Sweetwater.

  • Powers suddenly alone on HUB board

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    The table where the Harriman Utility Board members sit was largely unoccupied at what should have been the regularly scheduled June board meeting.

    Three of the board’s five members — chairman Walter Jordan, Randy Milburn and Homer Harmon — had given utility manager Chuck Flora a letter announcing their decision to resign.

    The resigned board members said in the letter that they realized the city wants to go in a different direction.

  • Patterson arraigned; bond set at $250,000

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A local man accused of a weekend murder was arraigned in Roane County General Sessions Court Monday before Judge Dennis Humphrey.

  • Teaching positions will not be cut; at least not for now

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Members of the Morgan County Board of Education are waiting for input from county commission before making more cuts in the budget for schools.

    The Board and members of the county's budget committee met last week to go over the budget for schools.

    Director of Schools Mike Davis outlined the areas where school administrators and the Board have worked to trim their own budgets and said that an additional $151,000 is still needed to balance the proposed budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year.

  • Houston jurors will be sequestered

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    How much does it cost to sequester a jury?

    The county is estimating it will take $80,000 for the trials of Rocky and Leon Houston.

    The brothers will be tried separately, and Judge James "Buddy" Scott has ruled that both juries will be separated from the public during the trial.

    The county's 2008-09 fiscal budget will have $80,000 earmarked for jury sequestration.

  • Rockwood rejects 15-year-sewer plan

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    A 15-year plan for the Rockwood Wastewater Plant was shot down at a recent city council meeting.

    When the vote took place to adopt the plan, which includes upgrades and improvements to the plant, Councilmembers Ray Collett, Gene East and Dudley Evans said they needed more time and passed.

    More deliberation is needed because included in the plan is a way to pay for the projects, which includes rate increases for customers, they said.

  • UPDATE: Judge allows Leon Houston to withdraw sequestering request

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Not wanting to be a burden to the taxpayers, Leon Houston has withdrawn his request to have the jury sequestered in his double murder trial. James Logan, Leon's lead attorney, told Judge James “Buddy” Scott about his client's change of heart during a hearing in Roane County Criminal Court on Monday.

    “Mr. Houston has expressed his confidence in the people of Roane County,” Logan said. “He does not want to inconvenience the people or the taxpayers in any shape, form or fashion.”

  • Oliver Springs man charged with murder

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    An Oliver Springs man is behind bars at the Roane County Jail on first-degree murder charges. According to the sheriffs office, Ricky Patterson allegedly stabbed David Lowe sometime around 5 p.m. on Saturday at a home on Quarry Road. Lowe, 50, was later pronounced dead at Roane Medical Center.