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Today's News

  • Branstetter to next level

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    Madison Branstetter has been perfect in the classroom during her high school days. That perfection along with her talents on the hardwood has allowed her to get an opportunity to play basketball at the collegiate level.

    Branstetter recently signed a letter-of-intent to play for the University of the Cumberlands, but early on it didn’t appear that she would end up playing basketball for the college located in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

  • Byrge to play hoops at Roane State

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    Talk about throwing a curveball. Oakdale’s Morgan Byrge has been one of the top softball prospects in Morgan County the last couple of years, so it wasn’t a surprise at all when folks heard she was going to play college ball. However, the two-sport athlete decided to hang up the cleats and get out her sneakers as she signed a letter-of-intent last Tuesday to play basketball at Roane State Community College.

  • Davis earns NCCAA honor

    Former Oliver Springs Lady Bobcat star Katie Davis was recently named to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) All-American Team. Davis, a junior at Bryan College in Dayton, averaged 17.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4 assists per game this season. She also led the nation with 3.07 three-point baskets per game. Davis also received the NCCAA Central Region Player of the Year honor this season.

  • County fire department proposed

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Roane County looks to be one vote away from establishing a county fire department.

    A resolution to create the Roane County Fire Department is on the agenda for Monday night’s county commission meeting.

    The commission is scheduled to meet in regular session at 7 p.m. at the courthouse.

    The county currently relies on the five volunteer fire departments to provide fire protection for the county.

  • Strange charged with TennCare fraud

    Staff reports

    A Roane County man has been charged with TennCare fraud for attempting to use TennCare to pay for forged prescriptions.

    Brian Everette Strange, 38, of Kingston, was arrested, according to the Tennessee Office of Inspector General.

    The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office assisted in his arrest.

    Strange is accused of using the personal identifying information of his physician by presenting forged prescriptions to a local pharmacy in Lenoir City.

  • Hall, Judkins show interest in office

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Two local attorneys have picked up the paperwork to be certified as write-in candidates in the August General Election.

    Current County Attorney Joe Judkins has yet to return his paperwork but local attorney Andrew Hall has already been certifiedas a candidate, according to Administrator of Elections Minnie Armes.

    The deadline to qualify as a write-in candidate for the August General Election is June 18.

  • Colyer, Hall earn respective MVP, POY honors

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The 2008 season was a good one for Roane County’s five softball teams.

  • Judge splits double-murder trials; Leon Houston to be tried first

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Two close-knit brothers accused of killing a sheriff’s deputy and his friend won’t be going to trial together.

    Judge James “Buddy” Scott determined there was validity in a prosecution motion to have separate trials for Rocky and Leon Houston.

    After hearing arguments from both sides in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday, Scott ruled the brothers will be tried separately.

    “I believe the state’s motion is well taken,” Scott said.

    Leon will face a jury first.

  • County tax hike not anticipated

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Americans are in the midst of some tough economic times.

    Gas and food prices are way up and bad news about the economy seems never ending.

    Local property owners might be happy to know that those responsible for drafting Roane County’s new fiscal budget don’t anticipate a property tax increase this year.

    Following last year’s 25-cent increase and a growth in sales tax revenue, members of the county budget committee say Roane County is in good economic shape.

  • Houston brothers to be tried separately

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Two close-knit brothers accused in the shooting of a police officer and his friend won't be going to trial together.

    Judge James “Buddy” Scott found validity in a prosecution request to have separate trials for brothers Rocky and Leon Houston.

    After hearing arguments from both sides in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday, Scott ruled the brothers will be tried separately.

    “I believe the state's motion is well taken,” Scott said.