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Today's News

  • Hall, Judkins show interest in office

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Two local attorneys have picked up the paperwork to be certified as write-in candidates in the August General Election.

    Current County Attorney Joe Judkins has yet to return his paperwork but local attorney Andrew Hall has already been certifiedas a candidate, according to Administrator of Elections Minnie Armes.

    The deadline to qualify as a write-in candidate for the August General Election is June 18.

  • Colyer, Hall earn respective MVP, POY honors

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The 2008 season was a good one for Roane County’s five softball teams.

  • Judge splits double-murder trials; Leon Houston to be tried first

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Two close-knit brothers accused of killing a sheriff’s deputy and his friend won’t be going to trial together.

    Judge James “Buddy” Scott determined there was validity in a prosecution motion to have separate trials for Rocky and Leon Houston.

    After hearing arguments from both sides in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday, Scott ruled the brothers will be tried separately.

    “I believe the state’s motion is well taken,” Scott said.

    Leon will face a jury first.

  • County tax hike not anticipated

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Americans are in the midst of some tough economic times.

    Gas and food prices are way up and bad news about the economy seems never ending.

    Local property owners might be happy to know that those responsible for drafting Roane County’s new fiscal budget don’t anticipate a property tax increase this year.

    Following last year’s 25-cent increase and a growth in sales tax revenue, members of the county budget committee say Roane County is in good economic shape.

  • Houston brothers to be tried separately

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Two close-knit brothers accused in the shooting of a police officer and his friend won't be going to trial together.

    Judge James “Buddy” Scott found validity in a prosecution request to have separate trials for brothers Rocky and Leon Houston.

    After hearing arguments from both sides in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday, Scott ruled the brothers will be tried separately.

    “I believe the state's motion is well taken,” Scott said.

  • Be a star - or part of one - on July 4

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    The Fourth of July is just around the corner and heavy on the minds of some people in Kingston.

    “It’s what we live and breathe right now,” said Rick Ross, Kingston parks and recreation director.

    Ross and his department are in charge of the Independence Day celebration.

    Something new this year will be a human flag that the public can be a part of.

    Daniel Lasris, a face and body artist out of Sevierville, came up with the idea along with his girlfriend Aline.

  • Zach Breazeale named District 3-A player of the year

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The 2008 season is over and 20 Roane County baseball players have been recognized for their excellence on the diamond.

    Harriman and Rockwood had the most success this season and 10 players from Harriman and Rockwood received all-district honors.

    Rockwood tied Harriman for the District 3-A regular season title and the Tigers won the District 3-A Tournament on their way to the TSSAA Class A State Tournament. For their efforts, Joey Cofer’s squad had six players named to the All-District 3-A Team.

  • Wartburg tops Tigers 1-0 in scrimmage

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    SUNBRIGHT - It had been nearly four years since Sunbright and Wartburg faced off on the gridiron, but the two long-standing county rivals met for a scrimmage to wrap up their two weeks of spring practice last Thursday evening in Tiger Town.

    With the two varsity teams getting 40 offensive plays each, the defenses dominated play with only one score in the 80-play scrimmage. Wartburg used a 34-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Trout to Drew Jenkins on their next-to-last play for the lone score and for a 1-0 win over Sunbright.

  • Narramore, MTSU advance to NCAA national championship

    Middle Tennessee's golf team needed a strong third round to reach its first NCAA National Championship entering the final round of the East Regional at Council Fire Golf Course in Chattanooga last week.

    The Blue Raiders delivered it, providing one of the best rounds in school history with a 2-under 282 to finish ninth in the East Regional and advance into the NCAA National Championship, hosted by Purdue, in West Lafayette, Ind., May 28-31.

  • Harriman shoots for uniform weapons

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Harriman police officers may be getting even more uniform.

    Harriman City Council is seeking bids to purchase weapons of the same type for the department.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said providing weapons is something more and more departments do.

    He believes that having the same arms will make the job even safer.

    With uniform weapons, the officers can share ammunition and, in a dire situation, will not have to learn how to use the unfamiliar weapon of another officer.