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Today's News

  • Role of constables questioned

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Roane County Commission selected Kingston police officer Caleb Strayer to fill the constable vacancy in the 6th District.

    The decision was made at Monday night’s commission meeting.

    The discussion turned out to be more about the validity of constables and how to get rid of them than filling the vacancy.

    Five commissioners passed when it was their turn to vote.

    One of the most outspoken was commissioner David Olsen.

  • Breazeale era begins in Rockwood

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The Amy Breazeale era tipped off again for the Rockwood Lady Tigers Monday night at Sweetwater and although the Lady Tigers were on the wrong end of a 64-58 decision, the Lady Tigers were able to take some good things out of Monday’s loss against a Class AA opponent.

  • Boy friend, not bike wreck killed Oliver Springs teen

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    Thomas Ray Johnson, accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend in 2005, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter this week in Roane County Criminal Court.

    Johnson was originally indicted on second-degree murder in the death of Pamela Nicole Williams of Oliver Springs.

    Johnson, 25, was scheduled to go to trial on Tuesday.

    As part of his plea deal, prosecutors recommended a five-year sentence on the voluntary manslaughter charge.

  • Alexander visits Harriman

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    Roane Newspapers

    U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee made a special visit to the Fairmont Head Start program in Harriman Monday.

    Alexander played a role earlier this month in the reauthorization legislation for the Head Start program nationwide as a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

    Alexander praised the Fairmont facility.

    Alexander said one of the reasons he came to Fairmont was to “call attention to one of the outstanding programs in the state.”

  • Dallas Era ends at Wartburg

    When Wartburg hits the court at Byrdstown this Saturday night to open up their 2007-08 high school basketball season, a familiar face won't be seen on the Lady Bulldog bench.

    Dallas Davis, an East Tennessee coaching legend has finished up his coaching career, which spanned over four decades.

    He started his high school career nearly 30 years ago when he took over for Wanda Lane back in 1979. He either coached the girls team, the boys team or both teams during the next 28 years.

  • Dunn Center matches jobs to skills

    The most visible part of what Michael Dunn Center does for its service recipients shows in the workplace.

    The nonprofit Michael Dunn Center works with disabled children and adults.

    One of its missions is to give adult clients the opportunity to work, and it is often successful through its Dunn Diversified Industries arm.

    “It all starts from their desire or their family’s desire to have them productive in a work setting,” Michael Dunn president Mike McElhinney said.

  • 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.