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Today's News

  • Some boaters undeterred by gas prices

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Drew Neklason is quick with the math these days.

    “At $4 a gallon with a 21-gallon tank, it’s 80-something bucks,” Neklason said.

    Neklason is referring to the cost to fill up his boat.

    An avid boater, Neklason isn’t letting the high price of filling up stop him from taking advantage of the beautiful waterways that run through Roane County.

    He said he’s still taking his boat out and enjoying everything the water has to offer.

  • Yankee Doodle gal celebrates 100th birthday

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Living to be 100 years old is remarkable enough, but this centenarian is special in more ways than one.

    Elizabeth Rains was born on the Fourth of July in 1908.

    To help celebrate, Rains was asked by to be the special guest grand marshal for the Kingston Fourth of July Parade.

    Rains joked that she needed to practice her parade wave.

    “I think it’s a little late to change the way you wave,” her niece, Amanda Miller, shot back.

  • Tournament action tight

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    Nothing has been settled heading into the final day of play in the Dixie Youth District 8 AA Tournament in Kingston. After three days of play and eight total games, four of the five teams in the tournament still had a shot of making the Dixie Youth AA State Tournament later this month.

  • Wartburg hosts football camp

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    WARTBURG—Football in June was a reality last week in Wartburg. Bulldog head coach Dan Shoemaker put on the first Wartburg Football Camp with a week of football fundamentals.

  • Lady Eagles face rebuilding season

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    Fred Snow has seen it all before during his long-time coaching career at Oakdale. He has had to rebuild numerous times over the span of four different decades.

  • Harriman youths pick up one win

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    After not competing in last week’s sub-district tournament, the Harriman A All-Stars finally got their chance to play and the results have been mixed as the Blue Devils have one win in their first three round robin games in the Dixie Youth District 8 A Tournament.

    Harriman played two games Saturday. The first was a 17-11 loss to Madisonville, but the second was a 20-11 victory over Spring City.

    Harriman’s third game came on Monday and the result was a tough 14-13 extra-inning loss to Sweetwater.

  • Powers suddenly alone on HUB board

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    The table where the Harriman Utility Board members sit was largely unoccupied at what should have been the regularly scheduled June board meeting.

    Three of the board’s five members — chairman Walter Jordan, Randy Milburn and Homer Harmon — had given utility manager Chuck Flora a letter announcing their decision to resign.

    The resigned board members said in the letter that they realized the city wants to go in a different direction.

  • Patterson arraigned; bond set at $250,000

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A local man accused of a weekend murder was arraigned in Roane County General Sessions Court Monday before Judge Dennis Humphrey.

  • Teaching positions will not be cut; at least not for now

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Members of the Morgan County Board of Education are waiting for input from county commission before making more cuts in the budget for schools.

    The Board and members of the county's budget committee met last week to go over the budget for schools.

    Director of Schools Mike Davis outlined the areas where school administrators and the Board have worked to trim their own budgets and said that an additional $151,000 is still needed to balance the proposed budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year.

  • Houston jurors will be sequestered

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    How much does it cost to sequester a jury?

    The county is estimating it will take $80,000 for the trials of Rocky and Leon Houston.

    The brothers will be tried separately, and Judge James "Buddy" Scott has ruled that both juries will be separated from the public during the trial.

    The county's 2008-09 fiscal budget will have $80,000 earmarked for jury sequestration.