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Today's News

  • Sunbright puts SUD on notice

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Time and again the meeting of the Sunbright Utility District threatened to get out of hand last Tuesday, Nov. 20. Voices were often raised with people talking over each other. More than once the utility employees attempting to keep the record of the meeting got lost in the noise.

  • County ordered to reduce inmate population

    BY DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    The clock is ticking for the Roane County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Jack Stockton said a state fire marshal has given them 30 days to reduce the inmate population at the county jail. Four days have already gone past, so the sheriff's office has just under four weeks to comply or face possible sanctions. Those could include having to shut down the entire jail.

  • Another young Roane resident gets new heart

    BY TERRI LIKENS

    Roane Newspapers

    Barely more than two weeks after a 12-year-old Roane County girl received a heart transplant, she’s getting company.

    Mason Kelly, an 11-year-old Walnut Hill Elementary fifth-grader, was at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville Tuesday morning undergoing a heart transplant of his own.

    His family got to Vanderbilt at 3 a.m. Tuesday, according to Carol Sensaboy, who works with Mason’s grandmother Rhonda Melton. Melton also made the trip to Nashville.

  • Knoxville woman killed on I-40

    BY DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    A Knoxville woman died after crashing her car on Interstate 40 in Roane County on Tuesday. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol report, Laurel Parks was traveling west on the interstate around 7:30 a.m. when she ran off the left shoulder. The car over corrected, according to the report, and crossed both lanes before striking a concrete barrier.

    No other cars were involved in the accident. Parks, 21, was not wearing a seat belt. It wasn't immediately known if that might have made a difference.

  • Hampton denies Midway state semifinal trip

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Midway head coach Craig Moser knew that it would take his squad’s best performance of the season Friday night to knock of No. 2 ranked Hampton in the quarterfinal round of the TSSAA Class A playoffs.

    Unfortunately for Moser and the fans of the Green Wave, that did happen as J.C. Campbell’s Bulldogs put on a show in rolling to a 42-14 vic-tory.

  • Unwelcome march of the fire ants

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    Roane Newspapers

    An invader is changing the landscape of Roane County, and some residents who have seen their work firsthand are worried.

    Kingston residents are beginning to see concentrated mounds of them.

    Doug Brown, said he has just recently noticed the significant numbers — especially in areas in Roane County Park and near the Watts Bar Belle.

    “We are rapidly becoming infested here in Kingston,” Brown said.

  • Copper thieves strike 911 site

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    Businesses and homeowners aren’t the only ones being affected by copper thieves.

    Roane County E-911 Director Mike Hooks reports that a 911 installation on top of Mount Roosevelt was damaged by copper thieves.

    The 911 phone service was never lost, but Hooks said the fact that copper thefts can impact the system concerns him.

  • Midway falls 42-14 at Hampton

    By Goose Lindsay

    Roane Newspapers

    The Midway Green Wave's drive to the state semifinals took a detour Friday night in Northeast Tennessee. Coach Craig Moser's squad fell to second-ranked Hampton, 42-14.

  • New heart big gift for Hensley

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    Roane Newspapers

    A Kingston family hopes they can come home around Christmas after getting the best gift they could hope for — a heart for their daughter.

  • Cherokee sweeps Rockwood

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    It’s not even December, but the Cherokee Yellow Jackets and Rockwood Tigers completed their season series Monday evening with a pair of games at Rockwood.

    The girls contest would see Cherokee roll to a 54-13 victory and the Jackets would also won the boys contest, 44-21.

    Girls Game