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Today's News

  • Former Rhea firefighter charged with setting Rockwood house fires

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    A former Rhea County firefighter has been charged with setting two fires on Monday night in homes on South Wilder Avenue in Rockwood.

    Michael Stricklan was arrested by state arson and bomb investigators on Wednesday night.

    According to Wendel Frost, special agent in charge of the Knoxville area bomb unit, warrants were issued for Stricklan and he was arrested for arson and aggravated arson.

  • Six up for Kingston school board seats

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The ballot could look rather skimpy for Roane County's general election in August.

    The filing deadline has come and gone for candidates, and some current officeholders will likely run unopposed in their re-election campaigns.

    Road Superintendent Tom Hamby is the only candidate who filed for that position.

    Current school board members Darrell "Drack" Langley (District 2), Franklin Mee (District 2) and Mike "Brillo" Miller (District 1) are all up for re-election.

  • Midway slips at end of spring break

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Midway Green Waves ended their spring break week with a 14-5 loss at Meigs County.

    The Green Waves remain in non-district play this week with games against Sequoyah Tuesday and Thursday then a visit to Sunbright Friday.

    The double header against Oneida scheduled for Saturday has been changed. Midway will visit Oneida instead of hosting them this weekend.

  • Operator fined $50,000

    BY CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    An oil-well operator whose well blew its pressure cap then exploded into flame the next day has been fined $50,000 by the state.

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation cited Dan Potts for activities at his Cove Lane well that forced many residents to vacate their homes in the community near Oliver Springs.

    TDEC spokeswoman Meg Lockhart said Potts was cited on March 20 for a list of things, including drilling deeper than his permit allowed.

  • State provides funds to move development of Plateau Park forward

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    At first glance $15,000 doesn't sound like much when you're talking about a multi-million dollar development park but last week's grant announcement is a crucial step for Plateau Partnership Park.

    "This is very critical and hopefully we will be able to parlay it into a million dollar project or more," said Cumberland County Mayor Brock Hill.

  • Chancellor to hear motions on Thursday

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Chancellor Frank V. Williams has signed an order allowing the heirs of Pleas McCartt to become third party plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Morgan County. A hearing will be held in the matter at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 3, in Kingston. At that time Chancellor Williams is expected to hear motions on why the rock pile should be removed.

  • Patton attorney seeks officials' phone records

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Kingston attorney Chris Cawood wants to know what Roane County Commissioners have been talking about.

  • Coalfield sweeps Wartburg

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    In what was billed as the top attraction in District 4-A baseball, Coalfield took a pivotal two-game series last Monday and Tuesday against Morgan County-rival Wartburg to give the Jackets a big leg up in the race for the District 4-A Title.

    “It is good to get started out 2-0 in the district and hopefully we can build on that,” offered Coalfield head coach Jason Wilson.

    “We’ve got our destiny in our own hands. We just got to hit the baseball better.”

  • Youth taking its toll on Kingston in early going

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Veteran teams can often overcome mistakes and find ways to win.

    Unfortunately for Kingston head coach Bruce Robinette, he doesn’t have a team with a lot of experience this year and his squad is still trying to learn from their mistakes.

    Monday evening, the Jackets made some mistakes in the field and the result was an 11-4 loss at Anderson County.

  • "It's Mason!" Boy with heart transplant returns to school

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    For the first time in months Mason Kelley was able to come back to school Monday.

    The Walnut Hill fifth-grader was out much of last semester after a heart transplant at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

    "He just had his last biopsy Tuesday, (March 25)," mom Brooke Kelley said Friday. It showed no sign of rejection, she added.

    She said now that the flu season is over and other illnesses are not such a concern, he can come back to school.