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Today's News

  • School to start week later next year

    Summer has been over for almost two months, but it was a hot topic at last Thursday’s meeting of the Roane County School Board.

    “I think this heat thing, maybe not to this extreme, but I think it’s going to continue,” board member Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    Because of that and a wave of air conditioning problems at schools opening this year, Miller offered a counter proposal to the 2008-09 school calendar.

  • Ruppe mulling bid for senate

    Morgan County Executive Becky Ruppe may very well attempt to become State Sen. Becky Ruppe.

    Since a poll was conducted several weeks ago that shows Ruppe as a viable candidate in the district to replace Sen. Tommy Kilby in 2008, Ruppe said she has been overwhelmed by the number of people encouraging her to run.

    "I must admit that this is one of the toughest decisions I have ever made. I love my job. I love Morgan County and the people I serve,” Ruppe said.

  • David Road remains closed

    When county commissioners voted last week to restore Davis Road to the county road list, members of the Pleas McCartt family were overjoyed. But their joy has now turned to dismay.

    They had hoped the road would be opened before Thanksgiving but it is looking like that will not happen.

    Road Superintendent Roy Smith had planned to send a crew to the Mill Creek community to open the road on Monday but held off once he was informed by counsel for Quenton Henry that an injunction was going to be filed to prevent the county from opening the road.

  • Roane State women win; men fall

    The Roane State Raiders and Raiderettes played their first conference home games of the season Friday night and the results were mixed for the host teams as the Raiderettes downed visiting Columbia State, 87-67, while Randy Nesbit’s men suffered an 83-76 setback at the hands of the Chargers.

    The Raiders and Raiderettes will step out of conference this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The Raiderettes played at Spartanburg Methodist on Monday while the Raiders will be at Wilkes College on Saturday and Spartanburg Methodist on Sunday.

  • Green Waves looking for success at Hampton

    Ever since Midway beat Oneida in week six of the regular season the talk has centered on a TSSAA Class A quarterfinal match-up with Hamton and now it’s here.

    Midway (11-1) has been an unstoppable offensive force for much of the season and they will be meeting an equally impressive squad in the Bulldogs.

    Hampton (12-0) has pretty much annihilated every opponent on their schedule this season as they have outscored their opponents by a com-bined score of 435-119.

  • McGriff contract extended under fire

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Roane County School Board voted to extend the contract of Director of Schools Toni McGriff for two years at Thursday night’s board meeting.

    The action came in spite of strong opposition from board member Frank Mee.

  • City gives Harmon's school plan thumbs down

    Roane County Commissioner James Harmon did not get the support he hoped for from Harriman on his school building request.

    The Harriman City Council voted down a motion to write a letter supporting giving new money from a proposed quarter-cent sales tax toward the schools.

    “It is not an endorsement of Mr. Harmon’s plan,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said.

    Councilman Chase Tedder passed on the vote, while Councilmen Ken Mee, J.D. Sampson and Lonnie Wright voted “no.”

  • Green Waves advance with win over Devils

    With starting QB Eric Stansbury playing only defense due to a broken wrist, the Midway Green Wave still found a way to win Friday night as Craig Moser’s squad picked up a 19-7 victory over Harriman in the second round of the TSSAA Class A playoffs.

    Friday’s contest played out entirely different than their first meeting on Oct. 19 when Midway rushed for 474 yards in picking up an easy 42-20 win.

  • Three Trailblazers
  • Racial slurs prompt civil rights probe

    Racial slurs painted on the walkways outside the main entrance to Oliver Springs High School are being investigated by local authorities and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    The anti-Hispanic comments were aimed at a school administrator.

    “It was several different racial slurs,” Oliver Springs High School resource officer Steve Sanders said.

    About eight different places were defaced by blue painted words, in some cases including the last name of the administrator.