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  • Morgan's early voting hits 1,004

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    With eight days to go in Early Voting more than 1,000 voters have already cast a ballot in Morgan County.

  • Johnson, grand jury to review ethics complaints

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson plans to take the results of several investigations regarding Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham and Steven Robinette before the grand jury on Tuesday.

  • Houston's behavior a concern for court

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Rocky Houston’s behavior was a topic once again during a pretrial hearing on Friday.

    “Your conduct in court is of great concern,” Special Judge James “Buddy” Scott told him.

    Rocky’s conduct is also a concern outside the courtroom.

    After allegedly scuffling with officers after a hearing on Oct. 10, Rocky entered Roane County Criminal Court wearing a mesh spit mask with his hands shackled behind his back.

  • Kirkham, Robinette feud lands before grand jury

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson plans to take the results of several investigations regarding Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham and Steven Robinette before the grand jury on Tuesday.

    Johnson has extended an invitation for Kirkham, Robinette and their attorneys to attend the grand jury meeting.

  • Ethics committee hands one off to district attorney general

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The decision on whether property assessor Teresa Kirkham did anything wrong on her expense reporting could come from the district attorney general’s office.

    Following the advice of County Attorney Tom McFarland, the Roane County Ethics Committee decided that two ethics complaints filed against Kirkham should be turned over to District Attorney General Russell Johnson for further investigation.

  • Early voting begins

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The country will pick its 44th president on Nov. 4. Tennessee voters don’t have to wait to make their choice, however. Early voting for the presidential election starts today, Oct. 15.

    According to the Roane County Election Commission, there’s more than 36,000 registered voters in Roane County.

    Administrator of Elections Tony Brown said turnout for the election could approach 70 percent. He is urging people not to wait until Election Day.

  • City searches for savings

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    The city of Kingston, like many other municipalities, businesses and households, is looking at ways to cut costs.

    Mayor Troy Beets brought up the issue of increased fuel and utility costs at last week’s city council work session.

    Beets was hoping to make employees more aware of the issue and look at ways to save.

    “It’s hard on folks out there,” Beets said. “I’d like to see us set some examples.”

  • Drug Court makes a difference in life of one Wartburg woman

    Does it work?

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and local Drug Court Coordinator Stacie Basler says that is especially true of the three participants who have completed her program so far.

    Tonya Laymance is the most recent graduate of the program and Basler applauds the steps she has taken to turn her life around.

    Drug Court is designed to help repeating drug offenders to overcome their addiction to become productive citizens.

  • TBI takes lead

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    As of Oct. 9, TBI Agent Brad Nealon is now leading the investigation of the Sept. 5th shooting at Edna Mae’s Bar and Grill.

    It was reported earlier that TBI had entered the investigation to assist the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office but District Attorney General Russell Johnson said last week that the TBI is now leading the investigation.

  • New prosecutor says he will be ready for Houston trial

    By TERRI LIKENS

    rceditor@bellsouth.net

    With a new prosecutor on board and Rocky Houston’s double-murder trial just a month off, Judge James “Buddy” Scott had plenty of issues to juggle at a hearing Friday.

    Looming large among them was a defendant that Scott said has “conduct” issues.

    Both Rocky and his brother, Leon, appeared in Roane County Circuit Court as Scott relieved former special prosecutor Robert “Gus” Radford of West Tennessee from the case.