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  • 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.

  • Roane on route of run for war dead

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A group of runners made their way through Roane County Thursday morning in memory of members of the U.S. Armed Forces who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    The relay team with Run for the Fallen started the trek in Fort Irwin, Calif., and will end it at the gates to Arlington National Cemetery.

    The run will cover more 4,000 miles and 13 states before it finishes on Aug. 24, accord-ing to a release.

  • Nunley tackles all open trails in Smoky Mts.

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Breathtaking views, the serenity of wind-rustled leaves and the feeling of accomplishment from a task well done made a physically demanding challenge a constant pleasure for one Kingston man.

    Earlier this year, Cliff Nunley completed his goal of hiking all of the open trails of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Nunley hikes for the joy of being outside. He at first didn’t worry about hiking the entire park.

  • Swan Pond water issues may be resolved

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    A heated discussion over water or lack thereof erupted at the Kingston City Council meeting Tuesday night.

    Swan Pond Road residents asked the council for help in getting them pressurized water.

    Weve been trying to get water for over 20 years, said Randy Ellis, who was representing his 85-year-old grandmother.

    City manager Jim Pinkerton said some residents are able to access the city's gravity line but do not get the pressure they need.

  • Kirkham beats Robinette; Kingston school board seats change

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    People gathered in the hallway on the first floor at the courthouse told the story of the county election. The only ones who stuck around to hear the final results Thursday night were the winners and their supporters.

  • Morgan County voting results

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    With only 2,667 voters turning on in Morgan County races were determined by a small percentage of those eligible to vote.

    In county races, Carol Hamby will remain County Clerk for two more years completing the unexpired term of Tim Steelman who was elected to the office in 2006 but resigned after only a few months on that term in office. Hamby received 1412 votes to her challenger Sheila Aytes Wilson's 1130 votes.

    Assessor of Property - Biff Wilson, unopposed, received 2,010 votes.

  • Powers wants more HUB change

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Harriman City Councilman Mark Powers is continuing his push for change to the Harriman Utility Board.

    Powers, the city council representative to the utility board, recently proposed that the HUB board be eliminated. He suggested the city council oversee the city’s utility operations.

    HUB board members who weren’t already ending their terms resigned after his comments, and with Powers’ approval, the city appointed new members in their place.

  • Early voting light for this set of races

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Turnout was relatively light during early voting.

    According to the Roane County Election Commission, 3,206 votes were cast during the period, which ran from July 18 through Aug. 2.

    In the Aug. 3, 2006, countywide election, 6,662 people cast their ballots in early voting.

    Election Day is this Thursday. The polls open at 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.