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Today's News

  • OSMS escapes Coalfield with 16-12 win

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    The Oliver Springs and Coalfield rivalry over the years has been comparable to the Hatfields and the McCoys. This year’s middle school game was no exception as both teams battled tooth and nail for 32 minutes and when the dust settled, it was the Bobcats escaping from the bituminous mountain known as Coalfield with a 16-12 victory.

  • Affidavit not necessary in ethics cases

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    People who file complaints with the Roane County Ethics Committee do not need a signed affidavit.

    That’s the opinion of County Attorney Tom McFarland.

    He was asked for his opinion on the matter after attorney J. Polk Cooley suggested complainants needed a signed affidavit attached to their complaints.

    McFarland said that only applies to the Tennessee Ethics Commission and not the local ethics committee.

  • Ruppe, Kilby meet with Britain's Consul General

    By STAFF REPORT

    Her Majesty’s Consul General Martin Rickerd came to Morgan County last week to meet with Sen. Tommy Kilby and County Executive Becky Ruppe to discuss bio-fuels.

    “Mr. Rickerd’s visit was to discuss alternative fuels, energy sources and different possibilities of the United Kingdom and the United States doing energy related businesses together,” Ruppe said in a press release.

    Ruppe said Rickerd was especially interested in the Northington Energy bio-diesel plant which is under construction in Flat Fork Business Park.

  • Lancing Festival is Saturday

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    They’ve been planning for months and the weekend for the Second Annual Lancing Festival is almost here.

    Lots of great activities are planned throughout the day beginning at 11 a.m. when the festival opens.

    New this year will be a special storytelling session to record (both audio and video) your memories of Lancing. That session will begin at 1 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church, and everyone is invited to come, listen and participate.

  • Shuler skeptics critical of TVA ties, deal

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    What does a North Carolina congressional race have to do with Roane County?

    Plenty, if you’re Heath Shuler.

    The Democratic congressman, who represents North Carolina’s 11th District, has been catching flak lately for a deal involving one of his companies and TVA.

    The controversy involves a business deal with an agency Shuler helps oversee.

    He serves on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

  • Poe paces Midway past Claiborne, 40-12

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    For the second consecutive year, the Midway Green Waves opened football season with a resounding win over AAA Claiborne County.

    Midway opened up an 18-0 lead by the middle of the second quarter and led 26-6 at halftime. Two more touchdowns in the third quarter put the visiting Bulldogs away by a final score of 40-12.

    After a shaky preseason, Green Wave head coach Craig Moser was pleasantly surprised by the relatively easy win.

  • Tigers fall at Oneida; coach calls for better execution

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Oneida’s Dr. M.E. Thompson field is one of the toughest venues in East Tennessee for visiting teams to play.

    Rockwood found out just how tough Friday night as the Tigers suffered a season-opening 28-14 loss at the hands of the Indians.

    “I thought we played pretty hard, but our execution was terrible at times,” Tiger head coach John Webb said following the loss. “When we had a chance to make plays we didn’t. We’ve got to do a much better job executing.”

  • Expo supporter asks Harriman for financial support

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A representative from Friends of the Expo approached Harriman City Council this month in a presentation about upcoming fundraising events for the Henry/Stafford East Tennessee Agricultural Exposition Center at Roane State Community College.

  • Dual office feud involving Beets still simmering

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Kingston City Councilman Brant Williams’ feud with Mayor Troy Beets is not burning out.

    Williams contends that Beets’ roles — serving as both city mayor and county commissioner — are in conflict.

    He cites matters involving the city and the county, including abandoning a Kingston street for the county jail.

    “One man can’t run two offices,” Williams said.

    In May, Williams requested an opinion from the state attorney general on this issue.

  • 'Cowboy' shooters rile neighbors

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    John Sterling said he’s all about being a good neighbor.

    Tell that to the folks nearby.

    Some of them didn’t like the idea of him getting a special-use permit to allow firearm training on his property at 3997 Sugar Grove Valley Road.

    Sterling stated his case for the permit Wednesday evening before the Roane County Board of Zoning Appeals.

    Neighbors showed up to argue against it. In the end, the board denied his request by a 4-0 vote.