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Today's News

  • Hall gaining experience in the Can-Am League

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    Nate Hall has been playing baseball most of his life. He has had success every step up the way on the diamond.

    Hall, a Coalfield resident, is currently getting a shot at the professional ranks, as he plays for the Ottawa Rapidz of the Can-Am League.

    He started playing when he was 7 years old with the undefeated dreaded black team at Coalfield in major t-ball. He would move on to play travel ball in Knoxville as a 9-year old.

  • Rugby gets grant to build heirloom greenhouse

    By STAFF REPORTS

    Rural Development Area Director Jerry Amonett and Historic Rugby, Inc. Executive Director Barbara Stagg today announced a federal investment of $25,000 to fund an agri-tourism and conservation project based on the distinctive history of Morgan County. The event took place at Rugby Visitors Center.

  • Reenactment of early school day to kick off event

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Former students of Joyner School are scheduled to come together for a reunion on Saturday, Sept. 6 beginning at 10 a.m. in the Union Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

    This is only the second reunion in the school's history. It was closed in 1975 and later combined with Petros School to form Petros-Joyner Elementary.

    Former student Leamon Woods and former student and teacher Lucy Sweat are leading the group that has planned the reunion.

  • Harriman Labor Day worth a Hooray

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Hooray for Harriman added a expensive twist to this year’s Labor Day festival, but it was the exhibitors who paid the price.

    The festival’s first European auto show showcased a number of foreign cars, and their combined total worth was estimated in the seven-figure range.

    “We had about 20 to 25 cars here,” event coordinator Chris Ahler said. “[Their worth] was over a million [dollars].”

    He said the average cost of the vehicles is around $50,000 a piece.

  • Weekend brought in with a bang

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A section of Tennessee Chapel Circle was blocked off Friday afternoon as law enforcement — including the bomb squad of the Knox County Sheriff Office — detonated a live grenade.

    A South of the River first-responder vehicle blocked traffic from approaching the property and its white cinderblock-framed home, shed and wood pile.

    A loud explosion shook the air when the grenade was detonated somewhere on the property.

  • Thursday Night Lights in Roane County
  • Rockwood back in the saddle with win over Midway

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    After a lackluster performance at Oneida in week zero, the Rockwood Tigers put it all together Friday night with a 25-6 victory over visiting Midway.

    "I thought we played together tonight," Tiger head coach John Webb said after the game. "We made four major mistakes in the first quarter, but we played well after that. I thought our execution was much better than last week."

  • Kingston bounces back to fend off Harriman

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    What do the Harriman Blue Devils have to do to beat Kingston?

  • No fall fest in Rockwood this year

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Autumn is almost here, which means many cities and organizations are in the throes of planning fall festivals.

    Rockwood, however, won’t be one of them.

    As of right now, there are no plans this year for Rockwood’s Family Fall Festival.

    According to Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller, no one has volunteered to organize the event this year.

    “Nobody’s stepped up,” he said.

  • Feds nab 5 on drug charges

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A dirty car is what prompts most people to visit a car wash.

    Federal authorities, however, contend that Ralph O’Neal had a different motive for driving to the Free Spirit Car Wash in Midtown in March.

    That motive was to allegedly sell crack cocaine.

    That could turn out to be a life-changing trip for O’Neal, because the person he is said to have sold to was a confidential source working with the FBI.