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Today's News

  • Extra tax-freeze workload could cost taxpayers

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    Homeowners 65 years old and older can start applying for

    the senior property tax freeze on Jan. 2.

    Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said she doesn’t know how her office will manage the extra work once they do.

    She plans to ask the county to fund additional staff for her office.

    “The workload will increase tremendously with this tax freeze,” she said.

  • Cutting-edge art

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    Roane Newspapers

    Shards of richly colored glass cast a warm glow in the home and heart of a Kingston craftsman.

    John Johnson and his wife, Shar, developed a love of stained-glass artwork when they attended a workshop nine years ago.

    Now the Johnsons have set up a workshop in their basement.

  • Richardson beats buzzer; Bobcats edge Oneida

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Sean Richardson was the hero Friday night as the junior guard buried a three-pointer as time expired to give the Oliver Springs Bobcats a 55-53 victory at Oneida in a match-up between the top two teams in District 4-A.

    Things didn’t go as well for the Bobcats Saturday night, however, as a cold-shooting night cost the ‘Cats dearly in a 48-39 loss at Catholic.

    The Bobcats are 7-7 overall after the split, but Tony Ingram’s squad is 3-0 in district play.

  • Oakdale sweeps through Coalfield

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    COALFIELD – Oakdale swept through Coalfield and came home with a pair of District 4-A basketball wins last Friday.

    The Lady Eagles enjoyed a 45-38 win over Coalfield in a game that Oakdale overcame poor free throw shooting.

    Oakdale overcame an early deficit and took home a 67-51 victory over the Jackets.

    GIRLS GAME

  • Bangley leaving Wartburg grid program

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    John Bangley’s stint at Wartburg is over after only 10 games as head football coach.

  • Lady 'Cats on the prowl


    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Oliver Springs head coach Michelle Christopher knew coming into the season that it might take a few games for her Lady ‘Cats to find their groove.

  • TVA scrubber projects moving along

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    Roane Newspapers

    The price of cleaner air in Roane County will come in a billowing white cloud.

    It’s part of the newest scrubber project for the Kingston Fossil Plant, which offiicials say is moving along as scheduled.

    Rick Christensen, scrubber manager, said the project involves the construction of two scrubber towers to remove sulfur dioxide emissions — a major source of pollution from the plant.

  • Governor visits to award grants

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Gov. Phil Bredesen came in person last week to deliver grant checks totaling some $1 million to various local entities.

  • Road remains closed; lawsuit filed

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    It looks like a judge will decide whether or not Farley Davis Road in the Mill Creek community will be opened.

    Descendants of Pleas McCartt thought their mission to get the road opened was successful.

    The road leading to their family homeplace was blocked by a property owner who put up a barricade of rocks and concrete

    Road Superintendent Roy Smith had planned to remove the mound of rocks but left them in place once the suit was filed last week.

  • These Santas carry handcuffs

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    Red and white are usually the colors that come to mind when most youngsters think of Santa Claus.

    This past Saturday, however, Santa wore brown and olive and came dressed as the Tennessee Highway Patrol for one Roane County family.

    Courtesy of money raised by the highway patrol, a group of siblings was allowed to go on a $100 shopping spree for Christmas.

    Troopers Teresa Brown, Angie Jeffers, Keith Stout and Gary Snow served as escorts for the young shoppers.