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Today's News

  • Lady Jackets picking up 'ugly wins'

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The good news for the Kingston Lady Jackets is they’ve been jumping on teams early in contests. The bad news, however, has been holding onto those leads.

  • Cell phone policy revision fails

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A move to revise the school system’s cell phone policy failed on first reading at last Thursday’s Roane County Board of Education meeting.

    Even though there was more support to revise the policy than there was against, the motion still failed due to the lack of a majority.

    Six of the 10 board members needed to be in favor of the motion for it to carry, board chairman Earl Nall said.

  • Lavender killed in wreck

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Twenty-year-old Dustin Lavender of Deer Lodge died from injuries he sustained in a head-on collision Thursday.

  • 'Quenton' Henry added on lawsuit

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    A change in plaintiff has been made in an ongoing lawsuit against Morgan County.

    Chancellor Frank Williams has signed an “Agreed Order” allowing Quenton Farley Henry to be substituted for his mother Mildred Henry.

    The agreed order allowing the amendment to the complaint was filed in Morgan County Chancery Court on April 15.

    Williams actually signed the order on April 14.

  • Chancellor steps away from Patton case

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Chancellor Frank V. Williams III apparently believes he is too familiar with the parties involved in former constable Mark Patton’s lawsuit against the county.

    So much so that he has decided not to hear the case.

    “Because of my relationship with some of the parties, I think it best to recuse myself in the captioned action,” Williams wrote in a letter addressed to attorneys earlier this month.

  • A new tune for a joyful noise

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A Harriman hip-hop enthusiast has a message for today’s youth.

    Expensive cars, women and $100 bills are staples of mainstream hip hop. But Travis Harmon sees it as a tool for a bigger message.

    Harmon, a youth minister at Harriman’s Big Emory Baptist Church, wants to use hip hop to spread God’s Word.

    The intention is deeper, according to Harmon, who grew up at Big Emory.

  • Hall leads Oliver Springs girls to victory

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    When Oliver Springs pitcher Kim Hall is on, the Lady ‘Cats are virtually unbeatable.

    Kim Hall was on during Oliver Springs’ District 4-A showdown with Coalfield and the result was a 7-1 victory and sole possession of first place in the District 4-A standings for the Lady 'Cats.

    Hall tossed a one-hitter with one walk and an amazing 18 strikeouts past the Lady Jackets.

    Besides the hit and walk, Coalfield had just two more runners reached safely on errors.

  • Rockwood takes 13-8 win over Harriman

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Round two goes to Rockwood.

    Two days after dropping an 8-3 decision to Harriman, Joey Cofer’s Rockwood Tigers rebounded nicely with a 13-8 victory over the Blue Devils.

    Thursday’s rematch played out much the same was as Tuesday’s first match-up.

  • Students get drunk drivers education

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Midway High senior Ryan Hargis said he’s never driven a vehicle while drunk.

    And after driving an ATV through a makeshift obstacle course wearing a pair “Fatal Vision” goggles, Hargis said he doesn’t plan to.

    “If it’s anything like that, then I never want to do it because I hit about three cones,” Hargis said.

    Hargis was one of the many Midway students who participated in the drunk-driving drill at school on Wednesday.

  • Jail construction delays may be costly

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Some serious issues are facing the county’s new jail project, and not all are weather related.

    The county has around $10 million committed to the project, which was supposed to be finished in early spring of 2009.

    Now Roane County Executive Mike Farmer is saying he doesn’t know when the project will be finished or if it will be completed on budget.