Today's News

  • Board looks to trim $500,000 from budget


    Morgan County News Editor

    Director of Morgan County Schools Mike Davis didn’t have a whole lot of good news for members of the Morgan County School Board during Monday night’s budget workshop.

    Davis said that as projections stand now a half million dollars needs to be cut from the 2008-09 school budget.

    Davis listed several places where cuts can be made without affecting the classroom but said even if all those items are cut there will still be almost $200,000 remaining to be trimmed.

  • Roane State announces basketball camp dates

    Roane State Men’s Basketball program will offer boys basketball camps for ages 5-8 on June 16-20 from 9 a.m. until noon ($55) and for ages 9-13 June 23-27 from 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. ($105).

    “I and my staff are committed to teaching proper skills while maintaining a positive and en-thusiastic atmosphere,” points out Raider head coach and camp director Randy Nesbit.

  • County fire plan gets mixed reviews



    Volunteer fire departments rely heavily on donations and fund-raisers to operate.

    Some chiefs are worried the contributions could dry up if a fire tax district is created to help fund a county fire department.

    “I’m pretty sure it could,” West Roane County Chief Charlie Redwine said. “I’m no expert on that, but it could cause some people to say, ‘Well, I’m paying taxes for it now, so why should I donate?’”

  • Kingston eyes 'minimal tax rate hike; fees



    As the budget process starts to wind down, residents can get a better look at what to expect for the next fiscal year, especially regarding their taxes.

    Kingston residents, as the budget stands now, can expect a 5-cent property tax rate increase.

    This will put the rate at $1.35 per $100 of assessed property. For a property valued at $75,000, the increase will be less than $13 a year.

  • Splish, splash and stay cool in a city pool



    Swimming is one of the best ways to beat the heat in the summer time and both the Rockwood and Kingston Community Center swimming pools offer a safe, fun and inexpensive way to swim this summer.

    Both pools offer public swim times in the afternoon as well as exercise classes and swimming lessons for the public.

    The Kingston Community Center pool is open seven days a week with open pool for the public on Monday through Friday from 1-4:30 p.m. Admission for public swim is $2.50.

  • Unusual lakefront tract for sale



    Some things just aren’t out there these days.

    Cheap gas, a VCR and good news about the American economy, for instance.

    You can also add large tracts of undeveloped waterfront property to the list.

    Even though it’s rare, such property still exists.

    According to county property records, there is a 1,242-acre tract of undeveloped land that fronts Watts Bar Lake in East Roane County — and it’s for sale.

  • Harriman may get $3 million windfall



    Harriman might be owed a chunk of money from the state retirement system.

    A study done at the request of Covenant Health during the negotiation phase for the transfer of Roane Medical Center shows that the city could be owed as much as $3 million back from the hospital’s retirement fund.

    “They came back that it was funded in a surplus,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said at Tuesday’s council meeting.

  • TDOT breaks ground

    TDOT breaks ground

    Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely joined state and local officials in Morgan County Monday to break ground on a new State Route 62 widening project. The project is approximately 5 miles in length and stretches from US Highway 27in Wartburg to just west of Petit Lane. Once finished, the project will provide two lanes in each direction plus a center turn lane.

  • Branstetter to next level


    Morgan County News

    Madison Branstetter has been perfect in the classroom during her high school days. That perfection along with her talents on the hardwood has allowed her to get an opportunity to play basketball at the collegiate level.

    Branstetter recently signed a letter-of-intent to play for the University of the Cumberlands, but early on it didn’t appear that she would end up playing basketball for the college located in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

  • Byrge to play hoops at Roane State


    Morgan County News

    Talk about throwing a curveball. Oakdale’s Morgan Byrge has been one of the top softball prospects in Morgan County the last couple of years, so it wasn’t a surprise at all when folks heard she was going to play college ball. However, the two-sport athlete decided to hang up the cleats and get out her sneakers as she signed a letter-of-intent last Tuesday to play basketball at Roane State Community College.