Today's News

  • Constable Patton jailed


    For a short while, Constable Mark Patton found himself in a place where he vowed to put others – behind bars. He smiled Thursday night as he walked into the Roane County Jail at 8:20 p.m. to be booked on three counts of assault.

    After posting bond of $3,000, Patton was free again by 9:20.

    The charges stem from an incident that occurred at Kingston City Park on Wednesday. Patton got into an altercation with some young men, including the son of Roane County Executive Mike Farmer.

  • 'Cats top Rockwood Middle, 22-14



    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats ran their season record to 2-1 with a 22-14 victory over Rockwood at D.J. Brittan Field.

  • HMS wins turnover-plagued game


    Roane Newspapers

    Insanity might be the appropriate term for Harriman Middle School’s victory over the Coalfield Yellow Jackets by a 12-6 margin.

    Both teams had a combined total of nine turnovers and Blue Devil head coach Baron Tapp was absolutely flabbergasted after the game.

  • Grace runs up score in 61-20 win over Oakdale


    Morgan County News

    KARNS-Oakdale's high school football team is making believers out of a lot of people. The Eagles went toe-to-toe with the state's 6th-ranked team Friday night in Karns. Oakdale led Grace Christian 14-7 in the first quarter and only trailed 29-20 late in the first half before the Rams ran away and poured it on in a 61-20 victory.

    "I'm proud of the boys. We played hard, but we just ran out of steam. They (Grace) just wore us down and they didn't let up," offered Eagle head coach Randy Miller.

  • Coalfield blanks Bobcats


    Morgan County News

    OLIVER SPRINGS-For the first time in 35 years, Coalfield blanked Oliver Springs on the gridiron. The Jackets used a bend, but don't break defense and an efficient offense to garner their second straight win over Oliver Springs on D.J. Brittan Field with a 26-0 victory Friday night.

  • County adopts monthly expense reporting



    County employees must now submit claims for travel expenses within 30 days or lose the opportunity to get reimbursed.

    The mandate comes after the Roane County Commission voted unanimously to amend the county’s policy last week.

    “Claims for reimbursement of travel expenses submitted after 30 days of the date of completion of the travel will not be paid,” the resolution states.

  • DA says inmate's death was suicide


    Morgan County News Editor

    An investigation into the May 28th death of an inmate at the Morgan County Jail has been concluded.

    Ninth District Attorney General Russell Johnson issued a statement on Monday that the death of Robert Stoll has been determined to have been suicide.

    Johnson said Stoll apparently used a string from his hooded sweatshirt to hang himself from the cell door closure arm.

  • Riding on the 'New River Train'


    Morgan County News

    What better way to spend a summer afternoon than to drive a few miles, board a real train and take a wonderful ride through the beautiful mountains and relax and enjoy the scenery?

    This past Saturday I had the privilege to do just that. I had been asked by a member of the New River Scenic Railway to 'dig up' some information on the New River area with stories of the communities and those who had once lived along the river and the railroad tracks.

  • Davidson gets plea deal -- again



    Opening statements were never made in Howard Davidson's first-degree murder trial. The trial never got that far because prosecutors reached a settlement with Davidson when court was in recess for lunch on Wednesday.

    Davidson pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in exchange for a 10-year prison sentence. He could have been sentenced to as much as life had he been convicted of first-degree murder.

    “Very,” Davidson attorney Michael Ritter said, when asked was he pleased with the deal.

  • 'Video' murder trial set to begin



    The first-degree murder trial of Howard Davidson is scheduled to begin today, Sept. 17, at the Roane County Courthouse.

    Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood will be presiding. Davidson is accused of shooting Michael Fair to death in May 2005.

    The trial could last three days.

    Criminal defense attorney Patrick Cooley is serving as a special prosecutor in the case.