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Today's News

  • Kirby working as corrections officer at county jail

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Termination turned out to be just temporary for former Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Randy Kirby.

    After being fired last July over a DUI arrest, Sheriff Jack Stockton later rehired Kirby to work as a corrections officer at the county jail.

    “He came back to me a few days after we had terminated him and he told me he was going to try and get some help for his problems,” Stockton said.

    “We discussed that issue and he went and took care of the things he said he would.”

  • Shooter charged: Alleged theft ends in deaths of pregnant woman and unborn child

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    An alleged attempt to steal a radiator valued about $5 at a salvage facility ended in the deaths of a woman and her unborn child, according to Sheriff Dennis Ledbetter. And the alleged shooter now faces two counts of second degree murder.

    Ledbetter said a 911 call was received at about 10:52 Monday morning from a resident of the Bitter Creek community at 1628 Morgan County Highway.

  • Man killed in two-car accident

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    A 38-year-old Deer Lodge man died Monday from injuries he sustained in a two-car accident Sunday at about 11 p.m.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Brittany Morgan, 19, of Wartburg was traveling north on Highway 27 in a 1997 Ford Mustang.

    Tony L. Thornton, 38 of Deer Lodge, was following behind her in a 1988 Ford Ranger pickup.

  • Cherokee two wins away from title

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Two down, two to go.

    That’s the story for the Cherokee Middle School Yellow Jackets as they are two wins away from capturing the East Tennessee Large Division Sectional championship.

    Cherokee’s journey began Thursday with an opening round road victory at Jacksboro then the Jackets picked up a 37-32 victory over Seymour Saturday in the tournament’s quarterfinal round played at Sevierville.

  • Lady Bulldogs earn #2 seed with 42-28 victory at Oakdale

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    OAKDALE-In a pair of games that were moved for political reasons (switched from Super Tuesday to Monday because Oakdale School hosts elections), Wartburg was a unanimous choice over Oakdale in a couple of Morgan County battles. Both contests held a lot of significance in the district standings.

  • Oakdale sweeps Coalfield on 2008 senior night

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    OAKDALE - Oakdale completed the season sweep of Coalfield in high school basketball with a pair of wins on senior night last Friday.

    The Lady Eagles earned a 49-38 win over Coalfield, while Mike Barber's Eagles cruised to an 89-52 triumph of the Jackets.

    GIRLS GAME

    Fred Snow's Lady Eagles enjoyed senior night with an impressive 49-38 victory over Coalfield to lock up the #3 seed heading into the district tournament.

  • Kingston wrestlers headed to state

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Kingston High School wrestlers Wes Scroggins and Chris Kirk will be anything but loving on Valentine’s Day. In fact, the Jacket duo would like nothing more than to spoil the holiday for others.

  • Oliver Springs pulls off stunning overtime win

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Somebody forgot to tell J.T. Hicks’ Oliver Springs Bobcats that the game was over.

  • Strong first half lifts Cherokee past Jacksboro

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The Cherokee Middle School Yellow Jackets didn’t play a perfect game Thursday night in their East Tennessee Large School Sectional Tournament opener against Jacksboro, but Mike Snow’s squad did play a close to perfect first half in rolling to a 56-43 victory.

  • Tax-freeze program complex, officials say

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    From Roane, to an overnight stay in Knox, and up to Hawkins.

    That was part of Tom Fleming’s travel itinerary last week.

    Fleming, the assistant to the comptroller for assessments, has been making his rounds to Tennessee counties to help locals understand the property tax freeze program.

    He gave a presentation to some Roane County commissioners at the courthouse Wednesday night.

    “It’s a complicated program,” Fleming said.