Today's News

  • County mulls need for more jail staff



    The sheriff’s liaison committee got a quick lesson on property-tax math Tuesday night.

    “Keep this in mind,” Roane County Executive Mike Farmer said. “Every new hire over at the jail is a half penny on the property tax rate. Get one, half a penny. Get two, full penny.”

    Officials don’t appear to know yet exactly how many additional employees will be needed to run the new jail.

  • Rockwood forges ahead with liquor-sales process



    The majority of voters in Rockwood have spoken, and now it is the city council’s turn to carry out their wishes.

    A referendum was passed in November to allow liquor by the drink and liquor stores within the city limits.

    At last week’s council meeting, officials discussed zoning and regulations to govern the new allowance.

    “We are fulfilling our obligation to the public,” Councilman Dudley Evans said.

  • Developer bankruptcy also hardship for property owners



    Serenity Drive runs through the Docks at Caney Creek subdivision.

    But for one lot owner, there’s little serene about the subdivision near Rockwood these days.  

    “I think it’s just some unfortunate circumstances, and we just happen to be caught in it,” Alfreeda Steele said.

  • Midway hits a wall to start season


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    It was a tough start to the 2008-09 season for the Midway Green Waves. They dropped two games each to visiting Kingston on Saturday and Monday to Wartburg.

    The Lady Waves stayed close until halftime with county rival Kingston before falling 63-45. Monday night, they trailed Wartburg by 24 at halftime before falling, 78-56.

    The Green Waves led Kingston until the midpoint of the fourth quarter, but would eventually fall 49-39. Against Wartburg they could not keep up with the Bulldogs’ Caleb Bunch and fell, 81-59.

  • Rockwood may give TVA back beach property



    Rockwood City Council is getting fed up — so fed up that council members are thinking about giving a chunk of land back to the original owner.

    The land in question is a strip of city property known as Rockwood Beach.

    The city acquired the 90 acres off Pumphouse Road from TVA in 1951.

    “Nobody ever wants to give land back,” Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    But the council did toy with the idea at this month’s meeting.

  • Will holiday season trial affect Houston outcome?



    At a time when many people will be thinking about shopping, wrapping presents and putting up holiday decorations, 12 Roane County residents could be deciding the fate of Rocky Houston.

    The special prosecutor in the case said opening statements in Houston’s double-murder trial could begin this week, provided lawyers are able to seat a jury from a pool of 600.

    The possibility of the trial happening so close to Christmas raises several questions:

  • Maxfield takes over reins of Sunbright High School boys basketball program

    By BRIAN LANGLEY Morgan County News         Marty Maxfield won the 2008 East Tennessee Championship in his rookie season as the Sunbright junior high basketball coach.

  • Poor second quarter costs Lady 'Cats


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    In a match-up of two of the state’s top Class A teams, defending state champion Jackson County traveled to Oliver Springs Friday night and handed the Lady ‘Cats a 65-57 setback in a TSSAA Hall of Champions Game.

  • Fruit salad, anyone?

    It was a busy Thanksgiving for emergency officials who responded to a tractor-trailer overturning on Interstate 40 eastbound on the bridge over Pine Ridge Road in Harriman Thursday morning. According to Tennessee State Trooper Mike Beaty , the truck, driven by a Pennsylvania driver, was eastbound in the passing lane when he drifted off the road, struck a guardrail and overcompensated. His cargo of honeydew melons spilled onto the roadside and off the overpass onto the roadway below.

  • Appeals court allows sex videotape trial to proceed



    Kingston attorney Chris Cawood might have to write a follow-up to “Sex, Lies and Videotape” – a book he wrote that featured a sexual relationship with a female client that turned into the talk of the town.

    His legal fight with authorities, in which he alleged “outrageous conduct” by county officials involving the tape, started in 1999. It was well documented in the book.

    A state appeals court ruled this week that Cawood’s legal fight can continue.