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Today's News

  • 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.

  • July 15: Jury in place in Houston murder trial

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Opening arguments are expected to begin Wednesday morning in the Leon Houston murder case.

    It was slow going, but jury selection finally ended Tuesday afternoon with a jury in place.

    The case was expected to pick up again at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.

    The launch of Leon Houston's double murder trial Monday reflected the difficulties of trying to pick a jury in a small county.

  • Roane well represented in state tournament

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Three teams from Roane County will take their first step toward a possible Dixie Youth state championship Monday evening as the Kingston AA All-Stars, Kingston AAA All-Stars and Harriman Majors All-Stars will all play in Dixie Youth State Tournament opening round games.

  • Roane athletes now all-staters

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) released their 2008 Class A All-State Baseball and Softball teams earlier this week and Roane County is well represented as a total of four players received all-state honors.

  • Six candidates vie for three seats

    DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Three people will represent Kingston on the Roane County Board of Education when new terms start in September.

    Which three is the big question.

    Voters will give the answer in the coming weeks.

    Six candidates are vying for three seats.

    Danny Holloway, Earl Nall and Tyler Overstreet are the incumbents.

    Rob Jago, Hugh Johnson and Kim Nelson represent the newcomers.

  • Subdivision residents raise stink with city

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    The Kingston City Council faced a standing-room-only crowd of residents from an unhappy subdivision Tuesday.

    Homeowners at the Villages of Center Farms approached council members two months ago because they were upset about paying full sewer rates when the city is not processing their sewage.

    Homes in the upscale subdivision have step systems, where only “gray water” is allowed to be sent to the sewer plant and sewage solids have to be hauled off at residents’ expense.

  • DA looking into missing records

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson is looking into the disappearance of some records that have come up missing from the Roane County budget director's office. The TBI is involved in the investigation.

  • Henry takes over at Coalfield

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    Keith Henry has coached in the shadows for most of his 19 seasons of coaching at Oneida and Coalfield. The long shadows that the late Jim May and Garry Kreis cast allowed Henry an opportunity to do his coaching without a lot of fanfare. Now, the 42-year old steps into the spotlight as he takes over the reigns as Coalfield head football coach.

  • Kingston starts strong, still falls short

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The Kingston 11-12 year-old All-Stars entered this week's Dixie Youth O-Zone State Tournament in Sweetwater hoping to make a magical run that would end with a state championship.

  • Lady 'Dogs gain valuable experience this summer

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    Jason Davis led his Lady Bulldogs to a state tournament in his rookie season.

    His second season will be a bit tougher with the loss of six seniors that scored 2,454 career points. He took a big step in developing his team this summer with team camp trips to Shelbyville and Tennessee Tech last month.

    The trip to Shelbyville was a stern test for an inexperienced Wartburg team.