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Today's News

  • Z-plan set for football; Morgan reacts

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    TSSAA has come up with a new plan to try and make things cost-effective and more competitive among football schools across the state.

  • Tigers gaining a lot of experience at team camps

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    Marty Maxfield is getting plenty acquainted with his new team. Sunbright played 15 basketball games in a matter of five days in Lebanon and McCreary County, Ky., during high school team camp. They were scheduled to play eight games at Stone Memorial in Crossville this week.

  • Barger extends career; to play for Lady Raiders

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    After helping lead her team to three straight state tournaments, Oliver Springs’ Brooke Barger will be playing college basketball close to home next season as the Lady ‘Cat wing has signed scholarship papers with Roane State.

  • Commissioners dismiss Scruggs' ethics complaint

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Complainers are 0-for-4 with the Roane County Ethics Committee.

    Three complaints filed with the committee last fall were found not credible — as was another last Thursday.

    The most recent was filed by county resident Tony Scruggs against Melvin Moore, an employee in the property assessor’s office.

    It took the committee less than 10 minutes to determine the complaint was not credible.

    “It was that simple,” committee member Wade McCullough said.

  • Kirkham says she felt McFarland had conflict

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Chancellor Frank V. Williams III recused himself from the case involving Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham’s cell phone records.

    Kirkham said she believes County Attorney Tom McFarland should have done the same.

    “I’m confident in McFarland’s abilities, but I felt like he had a conflict,” Kirkham said.

  • Elderly man found dead in home

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    An elderly Sunbright man was found dead in his home Saturday.

    Sheriff Dennis Ledbetter said William Jerry McCowan, 83, is believed to have died from natural causes and may have been dead for about three days.

  • Hwy. 27 project funded for ROW purchase

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Expansion of State Route 62 from Wartburg to Petit Lane is already underway but progress is also being made on the expansion of U.S. Highway 27.

    Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commis-sioner Gerald Nicely was in Morgan County for the official groundbreaking of the Highway 62 project a few weeks ago.

    At that time Nicely said a portion of the U.S. Highway 27 project has been funded to purchase right-of-way.

  • TSSA adopts Z-Plan

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    As expected last week, the TSSAA Board of Control voted in favor of the Z-Plan for re-classifying Tennessee high school football at the start of the 2009 season, but what does that mean for Roane County’s five football teams?

  • Four-day school week? Rising fuel costs prompt speculation

    DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The school system will present a budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year that won’t require a property tax increase to fund.

    The Roane County Board of Education approved the almost $61.8 million budget Thursday night. The budget passed 9-0.

    “I’m satisfied with it,” board chairman Earl Nall said. “I wish we could have asked for more, but these are just not good times to ask for more money.”

    The county commission is the funding body for the school system.

  • Three Roane Countians dance way to honors

    By JENNIFER RAYMONDee

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Three Roane County students have something to be proud of.

    All have made impressive accomplishments through their background in dance.

    All three studied at Arts In Motion Dance Studio in Roane County.

    Abbey Austin, 18, has been with the studio since it was first opened by her mother, Jennifer, 15 years ago.

    She was accepted to college at Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia, where she will study musical theater.