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Today's News

  • Fischer's state title bid comes up short

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Murielle Fischer’s quest to win Roane County's first-ever TSSAA Class A/AA tennis state championship came up a little short last week as Boyd Buchanan’s Tara Garner defeated the Lady Jacket junior in the semifinal round, 6-1, 6-2.

    Fischer advanced to the semis earlier in the day by defeating Columbia Academy's Steffen Pelletier, 6-2, 6-3.

  • Rockwood to hold land tax rate to 85 cents

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Rockwood City Council has approved the first reading of the city’s proposed fiscal budget for 2008-09.

    The budget does not include a property tax increase. It will remain at 85 cents per $100 valuation.

    ‘Times are hard on people right now,’ Mayor Mike ‘Brillo’ Miller said.

    ‘I just didn’t feel like it was the proper time to hit the people of Rockwood with a tax increase.’

  • Florida murder suspect nabbed

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A Florida woman wanted for murder sat behind bars in the Cumberland County Justice Center as the Memorial Day holiday weekend began Friday while her son and alleged accomplice remained at large.

    Mary Lynn Boswell was apprehended at about 7 p.m. Thursday by Roane County Sheriff”s Deputy Larry Eaton.

    Eaton was on patrol near the Roane-Cumberland County line near the area of an intense manhunt for her and her son, Larry Craig Whitworth.

  • Suspected copper thief shocked on power lines

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The adage that crime doesn’t pay held some truth for one suspected copper thief Wednesday morning.

    According to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Daniel Clower was badly burned trying to swipe copper from a power pole near a residence on Gray Knob Road near Kingston.

    Investigator Greg Russell said Clower was shocked so badly he had to be airlifted to the Erlanger Burn Center in Chattanooga.

  • New jail faces overcrowding

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Roane County’s jail problems are supposed to be fixed once its new $10 million facility is completed sometime next year.

    However, that may just be wishful thinking.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said the new jail is designed to hold around 180 inmates maxi-mum, and there’s a chance it could be overcrowded soon after it opens up.

  • Local teams bow out on second day

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    After a disappointing opening day to the TSSAA Spring Fling for the Rockwood Tigers, Harriman Blue Devils and Midway Lady Green Waves on Tuesday, all three were eliminated Wednesday with early afternoon losses.

  • Lady Jackets' season ends

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    NORTH GREENE 1 COALFIELD 0

    BAILEYTON - Hits were hard to come by, but runs were even more rare when Coalfield hooked up with North Greene in a sub-state showdown in softball Friday evening.

    The Lady Huskies earned a 1-0 win to earn a spot into this week's "Spring Fling" at Murfreesboro, while Coalfield ended their season at 16-10.

  • Sunbright rumbes in grid scrimmage

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    SUNBRIGHT - Sunbright became the first Morgan County football team to face another opponent this spring when they entertained Class AA Bledsoe County last Tuesday evening in a controlled scrimmage.

  • Harriman, Midway, Rockwood fall in state play

    By GOOSE LINDSAY and BRIAN LANGLEY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The opening round of the TSSAA Class A baseball and softball tournaments didn’t go well for three teams from Roane County.

    In baseball, the Rockwood Tigers dropped a heartbreaking 5-4 decision against Jackson Christian in extra innings while Harriman was on the losing end of an 11-2 decision against Richland.

    Softball wasn’t any better as Friendship Christian knocked off Midway, 10-0.

  • UPDATE: Fischer takes long road to state

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    They say it’s a long road to Murfressboro for the TSSAA state championships.

    Kingston’s Murielle Fischer can attest to that.

    Last Tuesday, the Lady Jacket junior Fischer secured a spot in the TSSAA Class A/AA state girls singles tennis tournament, but playing tennis was the easiest part of Fischer’s journey because last year at this time Fischer was play-ing tennis in Switzerland.