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Today's News

  • Leon Houston gets new trial date

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Houston brothers Leon and Rocky have a history of being close, but that didn’t sway a judge this week on their request to be tried together for murder.

    The Houstons were at the Roane County Courthouse Tuesday on a variety of motions — including one to retry Leon when Rocky is tried for murder in November.

    Both men are charged with first-degree murder in the 2006 shooting deaths of Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones and his friend and ride-along passenger Mike Brown.

  • Harriman speeds by Stone

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    Speed kills.

    That was the moral of the scrimmage between the Harriman Blue Devils and the Stone Memorial Panthers Friday as Harriman made short work of Stone Memorial by a 4-2 margin.

    “I thought tonight we picked up our intensity and we played better than we did Tuesday against Sequoyah,” stated Harriman head coach Travis Tapp. “We also got to play a lot of kids tonight and we even had four of our freshmen in the scrimmage with our varsity team at one point.”

  • Coalfield steps up in 3-way

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    ROCKWOOD - Coalfield started off slow, but ended with a bang at Rockwood during a three-way scrimmage against Rockwood and Pigeon Forge last Thursday evening.

    In varsity work, Coalfield earned a 1-0 win over Class AAA Pigeon Forge and ended up with a 2-2 stalemate against Class AA Rockwood.

    First-year head coach Keith Henry likes the direction his Coalfield team is headed after a couple of scrimmages under their belt.

  • Oakdale roster nearly doubles

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    OLIVER SPRINGS-Oakdale has made up a lot of ground in the past two weeks since Randy Miller took over the reigns of the Eagle football program.

    With only 15 or 16 kids during the first few days of practice, less than two weeks later the numbers have grown to nearly 30. Oakdale also performed pretty well against Class AA Oliver Springs as the two teams battled to a 1-1 tie last Friday in a pre-season scrimmage.

  • King pleased with tune up

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets saw a lot of different looks Friday evening as Vic King’s squad took on Webb, Wartburg and Seymour in a four-way scrimmage at Webb.

  • Ruppe-Yager campaign heating up

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    While one campaign season has ended, others are about to crank up.

    Not only is this a presidential election year, but there’s also a heated state senate campaign on the horizon.

    Republican Ken Yager and Democrat Becky Ruppe are running to fill the 12th District state senate seat being vacated by Tommy Kilby.

    The two candidates stumped through Roane County last Thursday, even though they were unopposed in the state primary.

    Some pundits say the race has the potential to turn bitter.

  • Four airlifted from Rockwood wreck

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    An automobile accident Monday had Rockwood beach looking more like a busy helicopter landing zone.

    Four people were airlifted to the hospital following a single-car accident on New Hope Road between 8 and 8:30 p.m.

    Officials say two men and two women were airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center by three different helicopters at nearby Rockwood Beach.

  • Tax Rate held at $2.99

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Morgan County Commissioners have adopted a budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year but it wasn’t exactly the budget that the budget committee sent forward.

    The budget does not include “big raises” for a select few supervisors but it does give all county employees a two-percent pay increase.

    Some commissioners like Susie Kries explained during Monday night’s meeting that the budget committee considered some increases “pay adjustments” rather than pay raises.

  • School budget cut $40,000

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    The Morgan County Board of Education will meet in a special session Thursday evening to attempt to balance its budget.

    County commissioners cut an additional $40,000 of the school budget Monday night but Director of Schools Mike Davis said Tuesday morning that there’s more problems than that.

  • Rockwood starts strong; stumbles in second outing

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    In what was clearly a tale of two halves Thursday evening, the Rockwood Tigers battled Coalfield and Pigeon Forge to a 4-4 tie in a three-way scrimmage at Civitan Field.