Today's News

  • Wartburg sweeps Sunbright


    Morgan County News

    SUNBRIGHT – Wartburg’s high school basketball teams captured their first sweep of the season at Sunbright last Tuesday night in District 4-A action.

    In the first meeting of rookie coaches, Jason Davis’ Lady Bulldogs ran away with a 70-34 victory over Allen Davis’ Sunbright squad. In the boys’ game, Wartburg’s Caleb Bunch fired in a career-high 37 points to lead the Bulldogs to an exciting 77-69 win over the Tigers.


  • Two plea deals in Hampton drug case


    Roane Newspapers

    Two codefendants of Daniel Glen Hampton — the Rhea County man charged with distributing narcotics and with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Dorothy — are scheduled to change their innocent pleas to guilty.

    Larry Eugene Hampton, Daniel Hampton’s uncle, was scheduled to be in court Tuesday after press time to change his plea, while Daniel Lee Go-ins is scheduled for Wednesday.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Hugh B. Ward would only confirm that these agreements had been reached.

  • Two schools make 'top' list


    Morgan County News Editor

    Morgan County Director of Schools Mike Davis said it was a wonderful surprise to find out two Morgan County Schools made the U.S. News and World Report’s “top schools” list in the nation.

    More than 18,000 schools in 40 states were assessed by the publication and School Evaluation Services, a K-12 education data research firm. In East Tennessee nine schools received the bronze award. In Tennessee only one school achieved a gold award status.

  • Drugs stolen during break-in


    Morgan County News Editor

    Local law enforcement responded to a burglary at Ambulatory Care Center and Apothecare Pharmacy Sunday night.

    Sheriff Dennis Ledbetter said dispatchers were alerted at about 9:30 Sunday night when alarms went off at Ambulatory Care.

    Deputy Trevor Shadden responded for the sheriffs office and Chief Teddy Bales for the Wartburg Police Department.

  • Grace and Architecture

    With the historic Temperance Building looming behind her, professional figure skater Charis Bynum gives a demonstration at the temporary skating rink on Walden Street in Harriman. The rink, which was brought to town by Hooray for Harriman, is open for the public at various times through Christmas Eve. Skate rentals are available.

  • Constable issue will move into January


    Roane Newspapers

    Local constables finally got a victory Monday night.

    A motion to waive the 12-day rule to permit the Roane County Commission to take up a resolution regarding the constable position failed 8-7.

    Commissioners Copper Bacon, David Currier, Benny East, Jerry Goddard, Mike Hooks, Chris Johnson, Howard Rose and Fred Tedder all voted against waiving the 12-day rule.

    Troy Beets, James Brummett, Ray Cantrell, Bobby Collier, James Harmon, Nadine Jackson and David Olsen voted in the minority.

  • Robinson named 2-A Player of the Year


    Roane Newspapers

    They call him “Sugar,” but Midway’s Ray Robinson was anything but sweet for opposing defenses this season as the Green Wave junior RB rushed for 1,800 yards and 22 TDs in helping lead Craig Moser’s squad to the Region 2-A championship and a school record 11 wins.

  • OSM sweeps Midway


    Roane Newspapers

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats hosted Midway Thursday evening and the host team left happy as both the Bobcats and Lady ‘Cats picked up victories.

    The evening opened with Oliver Springs picking up a 36-15 victory in the girls game then the Bobcat boys completed the sweep with a 48-40 victory.

    Girls Game

  • Committee asks county to seek power over constables


    Roane Newspapers

    The first step in what appears to be a long process in abolishing constables in Roane County was taken Thursday night.

    A resolution that would ask the county’s legislative delegation to give the commission the power to abolish or control the police powers of constables was passed unanimously by the legislative liaison committee.

    The request can be made to state Sen. Tommy Kilby and state Rep. Dennis Ferguson, County Commission Chairman Troy Beets said, by a majority vote of the county commission.

  • State board decertifies county jail


    Roane Newspapers

    The aging Roane County Jail is no longer certified.

    The Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control voted to decertify the facility last week.

    The jail can operate as usual, but possible ramifications from the decertification could include higher insurance premiums and inmate lawsuits.