Today's News

  • Governor visits to award grants


    Morgan County News Editor

    Gov. Phil Bredesen came in person last week to deliver grant checks totaling some $1 million to various local entities.

  • Road remains closed; lawsuit filed


    Morgan County News Editor

    It looks like a judge will decide whether or not Farley Davis Road in the Mill Creek community will be opened.

    Descendants of Pleas McCartt thought their mission to get the road opened was successful.

    The road leading to their family homeplace was blocked by a property owner who put up a barricade of rocks and concrete

    Road Superintendent Roy Smith had planned to remove the mound of rocks but left them in place once the suit was filed last week.

  • These Santas carry handcuffs


    Roane Newspapers

    Red and white are usually the colors that come to mind when most youngsters think of Santa Claus.

    This past Saturday, however, Santa wore brown and olive and came dressed as the Tennessee Highway Patrol for one Roane County family.

    Courtesy of money raised by the highway patrol, a group of siblings was allowed to go on a $100 shopping spree for Christmas.

    Troopers Teresa Brown, Angie Jeffers, Keith Stout and Gary Snow served as escorts for the young shoppers.

  • Jackets work overtime for sweep over Midway


    Roane Newspapers

    The Midway Middle School Green Waves and the Cherokee Yellow Jackets continued their long standing rivalry Thursday night at Midway in the first meeting of the season between the teams.

    Much like the past few seasons, the Lady Jackets dominated their South of the River rivals while the boys games was closely contested.

    The Lady Jackets rolled to a 44-19 win over Midway to run their record to 11-2. Midway dropped to 4-4 with the loss.

  • Harriman ponders 'no-pay, no-business' policy


    Roane Newspapers

    A new Harriman resolution means the city will no longer do business with people or enterprises that owe the city money.

    The resolution proposed by Harriman City Councilman Ken Mynatt forbids the city from business transactions “with any individual and/or busi-ness entity that owes the city of Harriman, Tennessee, monies, regardless of amount.”

    The city will make three attempts to collect the money owed before discontinuing business with the debtor.

  • Just how low can the ISO go?


    Roane Newspapers

    Bringing down insurance premiums by reducing the county’s ISO rating is an objective of the Roane County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

    One step that might help was unveiled last Monday to members of Roane County’s volunteer fire departments.

    The Turbo Draft is a pumping device that can make any body of water — creek, swimming pool, lake, retention pond and more — a water source to fight fires.

  • Houstons bond reduction denied


    Roane Newspapers

    Judge James “Buddy” Scott has denied a defense request to reduce the bond for accused murderers Rocky and Leon Houston.

    “I am certainly disappointed,” said Randy Rogers, attorney for Rocky. “I think we demonstrated that the bond was excessive.”

    Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood set bond at $900,000 for each brother during a preliminary hearing in August. Defense lawyers argued that amount is excessive and way too much for two working men presumed to be innocent.

  • Bredesen spends time, hands out grant money


    Roane Newspapers

    The Kingston Community Center was packed Wednesday for a visit from Gov. Phil Bredesen.

    Bredesen was in Roane County to announce grants awarded to Oliver Springs, Roane County and Rockwood and also to discuss ideas for economic growth, specifically in rural parts of Tennessee.

    Roane County and Rockwood received Community Development Block Grants for $500,000 each.

    Roane County will be using the money for a water line between Roane and McMinn counties.

  • Harriman canine a doggone good narcotics detective


    Roane Newspapers

    Harriman’s narcotic dog did more than outshine other K-9s at a recent school competition.

    Dugan, a 6-year-old Labrador retriever, left about 10 other competitors in the dust in narcotics detection.

    His handler, Patrolman Guy McGill, said Dugan completed the search of a room in 6.8 seconds.

    The next closest time was about 30 seconds, according to McGill.

    “Everyone was kind of amazed. I was amazed,” McGill said.

  • Tigers, Lady Jackets cruise to wins


    Roane Newspapers

    The Rockwood Tigers and Kingston Yellow Jackets have played a lot of great games over the years.

    Monday night, however, didn’t live up to those classics as the Lady Jackets and the Rockwood boys cruised to easy victories.

    The evening opened with Kingston cruising to a 51-31 victory in the girls contest then Rockwood came back with a 48-34 victory in the final game of the evening.

    Girls Game