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Today's News

  • Veterans Day
  • As promised, Patton sues commisioners

    BY DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    Former constable Mark Patton is seeking $100,000 from the county and a return to his old job, according to a lawsuit filed in Roane County Chan-cery Court.

    The lawsuit, filed on Nov. 21, names all 15 county commissioners along with County Executive Mike Farmer and recently appointed constable Caleb Strayer as defendants.

    As of Tuesday morning, Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland said he had yet to see the lawsuit, but vowed to fight it vigorously.

  • Dog attack leaves family shaken on Thanksgiving

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    The Wilson family found a whole new reason to be thankful this year on Thanksgiving.

    Thirteen-year-old Cory and the family were visiting with his Papaw just south of Wartburg along Highway 27.

    After dinner Cory took a walk along Rains Road with his friends, Katie and Cole.

  • Lady 'Cats hold off Loudon

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    In a Thanksgiving match-up between old District 4-AA rivals, the Oliver Springs Bobcats held off a tough Loudon squad Friday evening, 55-52.

    The Lady ‘Cats held a 10-point lead at the half, only to watch the Loudon Lady Redskins tie the game, but the Lady ‘Cats found a way to beat the Lady ‘Skins in a thrilling contest.

    In the opening period, Oliver Springs trailed 5-4, but went on an 11-3 run to take a 17-11 lead at the end of period number one.

  • 'Cats pick up holiday split

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats had a lot to be thankful for Friday night, but not so much on Saturday as Tony Ingram’s squad split a pair of games in the 2007 Bobcat Thanksgiving Classic.

    Friday night, the Bobcats put on a show as they downed Grundy County, 77-39, but the points were a little tougher to come by Saturday eve-ning as Berean Christian handed the Bobcats a 55-53 setback.

    Oliver Springs vs. Grundy County

  • 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.