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Today's News

  • McGriff focus of school board race

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    School board candidates Kim Nelson and Hugh Johnson are blunt.

    No, they said, when asked if they would have voted to extend the contract for Director of Schools Toni McGriff.

    There was still more than a year left on the contract when the Roane County Board of Education voted to extend it for two years last November.

  • Several big games highlight 2008 schedule

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    With the start of the 2008 season only three weeks away (four weeks for Kingston), a lot of Roane County football fans are eagerly awaiting the start of the upcoming season.

  • Man hopes to be Big Loser

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Inspiration can come from all sorts of places.

    For Marshall Gilmore, the inspiration to lose weight came from a network reality show he now hopes to compete on.

    After watching “The Biggest Loser” on NBC, Gilmore is going through the process to win a spot on the show, which begins filming in September.

    He’ll learn this month if he has made it.

  • 'Dogs, Tigers work together

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    WARTBURG—Dan Shoemaker and Johnny Harrison go way back. The two played high school football against each other back in the early 1980’s in the old Sequatchie Valley Conference days. Shoemaker played at Lookout Valley, while Harrison played at Bledsoe County.

    The two have renewed their rivalry by building a coaching friendship, which will benefit both the Sunbright and Wartburg football teams.

  • Miller tabbed to lead Eagles

    Randy Miller has been named as the new head football coach at Oakdale.

    He was informed Saturday and met with the team on Monday prior to the start of the first official day of practice.

    “It’s exciting and I’m looking forward to what we can do here at Oakdale,” Miller said.

    Miller, who is originally from Clinton, coached at Cumberland County last season as a receivers coach.

    A complete story about Miller will appear in next week’s Morgan County News.

  • It's football time in ... Roane County!

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    With only 23 days until the start of the regular season, Roane County football coaches are all in similar positions this time of year as Kingston’s Vic King, Rockwood’s John Webb, Midway’s Craig Moser, Harriman’s Travis Tapp and Oliver Springs’ Wiley Brackett are all looking to fill holes left by graduation losses from a year ago.

  • Jury 'just couldn't make it' 100 percent

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Pretty rough. That’s how one of the jurors who pondered the fate of accused murderer Leon Houston described the deliberating process.

    “We just couldn’t come together with a full, 100-percent verdict,” Ernest Bilbrey said. “We tried and tried and tried, just couldn’t make it.”

    After two days of deliberating, the jury announced that it was hopelessly deadlocked Sunday afternoon.

    Judge James “Buddy” Scott declared a mistrial.

  • Budget includes pay raises

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    It looks like support staff working for Morgan County Schools will get a pay increase after all.

    Director of Schools Mike Davis and Board Chairman Terry Armes met with the budget committee Thursday night and the two groups came to a compromise that should put at least a few more dollars in the hands of some of the county’s lowest paid employees.

  • 'Violence doesn't solve anything'

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A former Harriman woman was lucky that it took longer than usual to make her trek to church Sunday.

    Sara Pierce, a senior English major at the University of Tennessee, was late for services at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church near the university.

    That’s where police say Jim David Adkisson, also a former Harriman native, injured several and took the lives of two members during the morning services as children performed a play.

  • Officials face lawsuit in inmate's death

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A lawsuit against the Roane County Jail and county officials in the 2000 death of an inmate has been cleared to go to trial.

    A federal appeals court ruled Friday that correctional officers, paramedic Duranda Tipton and Dr. Thomas Boduch can all be held liable in the death of 29-year-old Sonya Denise Phillips.

    Phillips was in the Roane County Jail awaiting trial on charges of first-degree murder in the death of her infant child.