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Today's News

  • Few county races coming in August

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    With so much attention being given to the various presidential primaries and caucuses, it’s easy to overlook the county general election that will be coming in August.

    Part of that is because there simply aren’t that many races on the ballot and another part of it is that there are even fewer challenged races.

    Biff Wilson, who was appointed by county commissioners to fill the unexpired term of his late wife Susie Kittrell Wilson, is running unopposed for Morgan County Assessor of Property.

  • School Board honors schools, employees

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Most of Monday night’s school board meeting was devoted to honoring schools and employees for their hard work and achievements this school year.

    The school board members hosted an appreciation dinner for Sunbright and Oakdale schools as well as cafeteria workers prior to their meeting at the Central Office.

    Sunbright and Oakdale made the U.S. News and World Report’s “top schools” list in the nation late last year.

  • Firestorm brewing over alternative lifestyle lodge

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A quiet rumble. That's the way zoning officer Kay Christopher described the public firestorm that's starting to brew over a plan to bring an adult resort to Roane County.

    "You know it's about to hit," Christopher said.

  • Moriarity signs with Cumberland University

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Size, speed and a nose for the football, those attributes have landed Rockwood’s Simon Moriarty a college football scholarship with Cumberland University in Lebanon.

    “I’m pretty excited,” Moriarty said after signing scholarship papers on Tuesday. “This is something I’ve always wanted to do. Ever since I was little I’ve wanted to play college football for somebody. Now I’m getting a college education while doing something I enjoy.”

  • Three is a lucky number for lady Bobcats

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats captured their third straight District 4-A championship with a hard fought 4-0 victory over Coalfield.

    What made the victory so tough was the pitching match-up as Oliver Springs had their hands full with Lady Jacket eighth grade phenom Lyndsey Fadnek. Fadnek had the Lady ‘Cats handcuffed for 4 2/3 innings Thursday, but the Lady ‘Cats finally caught up with Fadnek’s heat and scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and one more in the sixth.

  • Utility works on 15-year plan

    By JENNIFER RAYMONDee

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    >The Rockwood Water, Wastewater and Natural Gas Board is trying to get one step ahead of the game.

    In order to do that, the board has established a 15-year strategic plan for its facilities, including improvements and upgrades.

    “We’re trying to be proactive,” Chairman and City Councilman James Neal said.

    The board will meet with city council and representative John West from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation at 6 p.m. May 6.

  • Official irked at jail delays

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Chris Johnson’s official title is 6th District County Commissioner.

    However, he’s vowing to become overseer of the county’s new jail project. Construction is months behind schedule, and Johnson said he’s hopping mad about it.

    “I have not heard any explanation that satisfies me why we can be four months behind,” Johnson said.

  • Lady Raiders have banner year

    Roane State Community College’s softball team ended the regular season with its best conference record in school history.

    The Lady Raiders went 8-12 in TJCCAA/NJCAA Region VII and 18-32 overall. Roane State plays Saturday in the TJCCAA/NJCAA Region VII Tournament in Columbia. The team’s opponent has yet to be determined.

    Roane State has improved its overall win total — four, eight, 12 and now 18 — in each of its four seasons under head coach Sue Niemi.

  • Cofer headed to Tennessee Wesleyan

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    A lot of players have talent while others have a great work ethic, but it’s not often that players combine the two.

    Rockwood third baseman Amber Cofer is a player that is blessed with talent and an even better work ethic. Now Cofer has parlayed that combination into an athletic scholarship with Tennessee Wesleyan College.

    “I’m real excited,” Cofer said at Monday’s signing ceremony. “I’ve always dreamed of playing softball in college.”

  • Committee sees progress now in jail construction

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Roane County Executive Mike Farmer said he’s not happy with the state of the county’s new jail project.

    “I’ll be happy when (Sheriff) Jack (Stockton) locks up the first person,” Farmer said.

    Farmer made those comments at the end of a jail construction oversight committee meeting on Wednesday.