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Today's News

  • Oakdale roster nearly doubles

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    OLIVER SPRINGS-Oakdale has made up a lot of ground in the past two weeks since Randy Miller took over the reigns of the Eagle football program.

    With only 15 or 16 kids during the first few days of practice, less than two weeks later the numbers have grown to nearly 30. Oakdale also performed pretty well against Class AA Oliver Springs as the two teams battled to a 1-1 tie last Friday in a pre-season scrimmage.

  • King pleased with tune up

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets saw a lot of different looks Friday evening as Vic King’s squad took on Webb, Wartburg and Seymour in a four-way scrimmage at Webb.

  • Ruppe-Yager campaign heating up

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    While one campaign season has ended, others are about to crank up.

    Not only is this a presidential election year, but there’s also a heated state senate campaign on the horizon.

    Republican Ken Yager and Democrat Becky Ruppe are running to fill the 12th District state senate seat being vacated by Tommy Kilby.

    The two candidates stumped through Roane County last Thursday, even though they were unopposed in the state primary.

    Some pundits say the race has the potential to turn bitter.

  • Four airlifted from Rockwood wreck

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    An automobile accident Monday had Rockwood beach looking more like a busy helicopter landing zone.

    Four people were airlifted to the hospital following a single-car accident on New Hope Road between 8 and 8:30 p.m.

    Officials say two men and two women were airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center by three different helicopters at nearby Rockwood Beach.

  • Tax Rate held at $2.99

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Morgan County Commissioners have adopted a budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year but it wasn’t exactly the budget that the budget committee sent forward.

    The budget does not include “big raises” for a select few supervisors but it does give all county employees a two-percent pay increase.

    Some commissioners like Susie Kries explained during Monday night’s meeting that the budget committee considered some increases “pay adjustments” rather than pay raises.

  • School budget cut $40,000

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    The Morgan County Board of Education will meet in a special session Thursday evening to attempt to balance its budget.

    County commissioners cut an additional $40,000 of the school budget Monday night but Director of Schools Mike Davis said Tuesday morning that there’s more problems than that.

  • Rockwood starts strong; stumbles in second outing

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    In what was clearly a tale of two halves Thursday evening, the Rockwood Tigers battled Coalfield and Pigeon Forge to a 4-4 tie in a three-way scrimmage at Civitan Field.

  • Roane on route of run for war dead

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A group of runners made their way through Roane County Thursday morning in memory of members of the U.S. Armed Forces who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    The relay team with Run for the Fallen started the trek in Fort Irwin, Calif., and will end it at the gates to Arlington National Cemetery.

    The run will cover more 4,000 miles and 13 states before it finishes on Aug. 24, accord-ing to a release.

  • Nunley tackles all open trails in Smoky Mts.

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Breathtaking views, the serenity of wind-rustled leaves and the feeling of accomplishment from a task well done made a physically demanding challenge a constant pleasure for one Kingston man.

    Earlier this year, Cliff Nunley completed his goal of hiking all of the open trails of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Nunley hikes for the joy of being outside. He at first didn’t worry about hiking the entire park.

  • Preseason work underway

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Preseason fall scrimmages are all about getting better no matter the outcome.

    For Harriman head coach Travis Tapp, his Blue Devils may have beat Sequoyah Tuesday night 2-1 in varsity touchdowns scored, but he was anything but happy with his team's performance.

    "I'm very disappointed with how we played," Tapp said. "We didn't play with any intensity and we fumbled way too much. You can't win games when you turn the ball over as much as we did tonight."