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Today's News

  • School budget cut $40,000

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    The Morgan County Board of Education will meet in a special session Thursday evening to attempt to balance its budget.

    County commissioners cut an additional $40,000 of the school budget Monday night but Director of Schools Mike Davis said Tuesday morning that there’s more problems than that.

  • Rockwood starts strong; stumbles in second outing

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    In what was clearly a tale of two halves Thursday evening, the Rockwood Tigers battled Coalfield and Pigeon Forge to a 4-4 tie in a three-way scrimmage at Civitan Field.

  • Roane on route of run for war dead

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A group of runners made their way through Roane County Thursday morning in memory of members of the U.S. Armed Forces who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    The relay team with Run for the Fallen started the trek in Fort Irwin, Calif., and will end it at the gates to Arlington National Cemetery.

    The run will cover more 4,000 miles and 13 states before it finishes on Aug. 24, accord-ing to a release.

  • Nunley tackles all open trails in Smoky Mts.

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Breathtaking views, the serenity of wind-rustled leaves and the feeling of accomplishment from a task well done made a physically demanding challenge a constant pleasure for one Kingston man.

    Earlier this year, Cliff Nunley completed his goal of hiking all of the open trails of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Nunley hikes for the joy of being outside. He at first didn’t worry about hiking the entire park.

  • Preseason work underway

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Preseason fall scrimmages are all about getting better no matter the outcome.

    For Harriman head coach Travis Tapp, his Blue Devils may have beat Sequoyah Tuesday night 2-1 in varsity touchdowns scored, but he was anything but happy with his team's performance.

    "I'm very disappointed with how we played," Tapp said. "We didn't play with any intensity and we fumbled way too much. You can't win games when you turn the ball over as much as we did tonight."

  • Swan Pond water issues may be resolved

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    A heated discussion over water or lack thereof erupted at the Kingston City Council meeting Tuesday night.

    Swan Pond Road residents asked the council for help in getting them pressurized water.

    Weve been trying to get water for over 20 years, said Randy Ellis, who was representing his 85-year-old grandmother.

    City manager Jim Pinkerton said some residents are able to access the city's gravity line but do not get the pressure they need.

  • Kirkham beats Robinette; Kingston school board seats change

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    People gathered in the hallway on the first floor at the courthouse told the story of the county election. The only ones who stuck around to hear the final results Thursday night were the winners and their supporters.

  • Morgan County voting results

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    With only 2,667 voters turning on in Morgan County races were determined by a small percentage of those eligible to vote.

    In county races, Carol Hamby will remain County Clerk for two more years completing the unexpired term of Tim Steelman who was elected to the office in 2006 but resigned after only a few months on that term in office. Hamby received 1412 votes to her challenger Sheila Aytes Wilson's 1130 votes.

    Assessor of Property - Biff Wilson, unopposed, received 2,010 votes.

  • Wartburg's defense shines

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    WARTBURG — Defense was the theme of Sunbright and Wartburg’s three hours of scrimmage against each other last Friday evening.

    When the final tally came in, Wartburg’s varsity enjoyed a 1-0 win, while the Bulldogs came out with a 2-0 victory in junior varsity action.

  • Miller becomes newest Oakdale football coach

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    Randy Miller is the newest head football coach in Morgan County. He takes over the Oakdale High School program looking to help turn things around.

    Miller replaces Chip Strickland, who left after only one season as head coach.

    Miller coached at Cumberland County during the 2007 high school season as the receivers coach.

    Miller is familiar with the teams around the area having grown up, played and coached at Clinton.