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Today's News

  • Rosebud deal withers under opposition

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Doug McDannel has lived in peace at 920 Skyline Drive for the past six years.

    He knew the quiet life was about to change once word got out of a plan to turn the property into a resort and campground for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

    “Once I learned it had GLBT attached to it, I expected the cameras to come out,” McDannel said.

  • Devils roll past Rockwood for regional title

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    It was all Harriman from start to finish Tuesday night as Andy Adcox’s Blue Devils traveled to Rockwood and rolled to a 13-3 victory over the Tigers in the Region 2-A championship game.

  • Midway tops Oliver Springs, 7-1

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Midway Lady Green Waves passed round one of the Region 2-A Tournament with a 7-1 win over county rival Oliver Springs Monday evening at Midway.

    The win will give Midway another home game Wednesday when they host Coalfield at 5 p.m. for the region championship. Coalfield beat Rockwood 4-3 to move into the title game.

  • 'Dogs crowned 4-A Champs

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    COALFIELD — Wartburg went from underdogs to district champs in just a little over 24 hours. Faced against Oliver Springs in an elimination game last Thursday evening in rainy, sloppy playing conditions, the Bulldogs ended the season for the Bobcats in a 10-5 win. Wartburg then handed top-seed Coalfield a pair of losses on Friday to capture the program’s first-ever district championship in baseball.

  • Lady Jackets sting O.S. for 4-A Title

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    COALFIELD — The youthful Lady Jacket softball team grew up quite a bit last week in capturing the 2008 District 4-A softball championship.

    With no seniors on the roster and led by an 8th grade pitching battery, Coalfield (15-8) knocked off regular season District Champion Oliver Springs twice in three days to earn the district title on their home field.

  • Alternative-lifestyle lodge deal is off

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Robert F. Whiteside Jr. may still get to see his property become a church camp for children after all. That's because plans to turn it into an adult resort have been canned.

    The pending sale between Whiteside and Gary Foster for Whiteside's Roane County property is off.

    “It's done,” said Doug McDannel, who works for Whiteside and lives on the property. “They're not coming.”

  • School's diesel budget about on empty now

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    One of the fundamental duties of a school system is getting students to and from school.

    That’s becoming more expensive.

    School buses run on diesel fuel, and the cost for that fuel has increased substantially.

    The Roane County school system was paying $2.33 per gallon for diesel fuel in March 2007.

    This March, the price was $3.28 per gallon, and it can take as much as 100 gallons to fill a school bus.

    The school system is seeking an additional $200,000 for diesel fuel.

  • Sunbright man killed in wreck

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    A 19-year-old Sunbright man died from injuries he sustained in a one car accident early Sunday morning.

    According to a report filed by Trooper Josh Thorne with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, three young men were traveling north on US Highway 27 at about 3 a.m. Sunday.

    Joshua A. Bell, 18 of Sunbright was driving a 2001 Ford Ranger pickup truck. Passengers in the vehicle were 18 year old Jacob Good of Lancing and Sean Griffith, 19 of Sunbright.

  • Brushy Mountain Prison as a tourist attraction?

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Would the historic Brushy Mountain Prison in Petros make a good tourist attraction? Perhaps even a bed and breakfast? Local officials will be giving that question much thought between now the inevitable closing of the prison.

    Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Correction George Little and Commissioner of the Department of Tourist Development Susan Whitaker made the trip to Morgan County last week to meet with members of the Chamber of Commerce.

  • Student says neigh to high gas prices

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    This one-man protest march came complete with horse shoes.

    Rockwood High School senior Bradley Walker, fed up with the high price of gas, saddled up his horse, Pumpkin, and rode to school Tuesday.

    “I can’t afford gas,” Walker said. “It’s getting ridiculous.”

    Walker made a sign that read, “Solution to higher gas prices” and slung it over his horse’s side as they made the 4-mile, 45-minute commute to school.