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Today's News

  • Sam Hoskins Memorial Gym dedicated

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Students at Oakdale School gathered in the elementary school gym on Thursday morning to participate in the dedication of the gym to their former teacher, principal and mentor Sam Hoskins. They were joined by several of Hoskins’ colleagues who worked with him through the years.

  • Rockwood votes 5-1 for city pit-bull ban

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Wearing stickers and holding signs that read, “I love dogs and I vote,” people crowded into Rockwood City Hall Monday in opposition of a pit-bull ban proposed by Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    Their efforts seemed to be in vain.

    The city council voted 5-1 on the first reading of an ordinance to ban pit bulls within the city limits and place restrictions on pit bulls that are already in the city.

    Councilman Dudley Evans was the only official to oppose the plan.

  • Presidential Preference Primary early voting slow

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Early Voting in the Presidential Preference Primary began on Wednesday but so far turnout in Morgan County is slow.

    Administrator of Elections Minnie Ann Armes said on Tuesday that only 159 ballots have been cast in the primaries and those votes are just about equal between Republicans and Democrats.

    On the first day of Early Voting 49 ballots were cast; 26 on Thursday; 55 on Friday; 19 on Saturday and 10 on Tuesday before 11:15 a.m.

  • Weather 'nightmare' hits

    By CINDY SIMPSON & DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    Icy conditions resulted in a rash of accidents early Tuesday for those who ventured out onto area roadways.

    Roane County schools were closed for the day, and Roane State Community College was on a two-hour delay because of freezing rain.

    In Roane County early Tuesday, there had already been 32 accidents between 6 and around 9:30 a.m. according to Gail May, mapping coordinator with the 911 dispatch.

    “Most of it is weather related,” she said.

  • Bobcats, Lady 'Cats sweep Oakdale

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    In what might have been the two biggest district contests of the season for Oliver Springs, the Bobcats and Lady ‘Cats left Oakdale Tuesday night with a huge sweep of the Eagles.

  • Clowers to play for Tennessee Wesleyan

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Harriman senior Doiron Clowers has worked hard throughout his high school career and now that hard work has paid off as the Blue Devil midfielder signed a soccer scholarship Wednesday to play for Tennessee Wesleyan College.

    "I'm extremely excited," Clowers said after making it official. "This is something I've really been wanting."

  • Both Harriman teams fall at Wartburg

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    Tuesday night turned out to be a bad night for the Harriman Blue Devils and Lady Devils as they suffered a road sweep at Wartburg.

    The Lady Devils played well for a half, but then couldn’t throw it in the ocean in the second half as Wartburg picked up a 54-35 victory. The boys game was close throughout, but Harriman would be unable to pick up the win as Wartburg held on for a 67-64 victory.

    Harriman heads to Grace Christian Friday for a pair of key District 3-A games.

    Girls Game

  • Bad heart may release murder suspect

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A man charged with killing a Harriman woman may soon be released from Roane County Jail.

    David Cosgriff III, who is in his mid-60s, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 76-year-old Kathleen Taylor. The Clifty Street resident disappeared in 2002.

    Extensive heart trouble is what may lead to Cosgriff’s release to Miracle Lake, a rehabilitation program in Etowah.

  • No sign of foul play in Super 8 fire

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    The owner of the Super 8 motel in Harriman that was razed by fire Monday night said he plans to rebuild.

    “We are going to be here,” said Sashi Patel, who also operates the Holiday Inn Express nearby.

    Patel said state fire officials have released the hotel back to him and now insurance representatives are investigating.

    “It is a slow process,” Patel said.

    Firefighters were still at the scene Tuesday pouring water on the smoking remains of the building.

  • Rockwood's pit bull ban opposed

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    A proposed ordinance on the agenda for the Rockwood City Council on Monday (tonight) has gained the attention of a local advocacy group.

    Rockwood has plans to vote on an ordinance to ban pit bulls within the city.

    The proposal lit a fire under Wendy Bane, a member of Responsible Dog Owners of Tennessee, who decided to take action.

    She and other members of the group are against breed-specific bans, and plan to take a stand at the meeting.