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Today's News

  • Morgan County: Christmas in the Mountains returns

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

        Christmas in the Mountains will return to Frozen Head State Park on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4th and 5th for the first time since 1995.

        The Morgan County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with a newly reorganized Friends of Frozen Head to put the event together.  It will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. each evening and will feature several displays by local churches and giant Christmas cards from area businesses.

  • Woman stabbed during domestic incident

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

        An Oakdale woman was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment of stab wounds last week, according to Sheriff Dennis Ledbetter.

        The police report states that an E-911 call was received at about 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 from a woman who claimed her husband had stabbed her while she was still in bed sleeping.

  • Kingston to ditch law that prohibits Election Day liquor sales

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Dispute over a Kingston liquor ordinance has prompted the city council to strike one item from its books — the closing of liquor stores on Election

    Day.

    Bootleggers Liquor Store and Cheers of Kingston were the only stores in the state of Tennessee that were closed, according to Bootleggers’ co-owner Atish “HoJo” Kala.

    According to the Tennessee Alcohol and Beverage Commission, liquor

  • Kingston businessman sings the biodiesel blues

     By DAMON LAWRENCE

  • Rocky Houston trial begins today

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Ambush? Or self-defense?

    Rocky Houston and his attorney may try to convince a jury the latter is what caused the violent deaths of a sheriff’s deputy and his ride-along passenger two and a half years ago.

    If the trial of Rocky’s brother, Leon, is an indication, the state will try to show the jury the deaths were the result of a premeditated slaughter.

  • Moore thrilled with Christopher addition

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Kayla Christopher made it official last week as the Oliver Springs two-time all-state guard honored her commitment by signing with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

    And while Christopher and her family were happy about the signing, they weren't the only ones excited as Lady Moc head coach can't wait for Christopher's arrival.

  • Landmark restaurant burns in Rockwood

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    A fire that broke out at Wayne’s Cafe late Saturday night destroyed the Hwy. 27 landmark.

    Dispatch received a call alerting them to the blaze at 11:04 p.m., according to the Roane County E-911 center.

    West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department was first on the scene at 1191 Spring City Hwy. No one from the department could be reached to talk about the cause of the fire.

    They also received  help from Rockwood Fire Department and Roane County Emergency Management.

  • Kingston falls in double OT

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    A season full of heartbreaking losses ended with the biggest heartbreaker of all Friday night for the Kingston Yellow Jackets as Vic King’s squad dropped a 20-14 decision at Austin-East in double overtime in the second round of the TSSAA Class AAA playoffs.

  • TSSAA sets new districts

    By BRIAN LANGLEY Morgan County News         The TSSAA released the new districts last Thursday at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Murfreesboro.

  • Rocky Houston trial begins today

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Ambush? Or self-defense?

    Rocky Houston and his attorney may try to convince a jury the latter is what caused the violent deaths of a sheriff’s deputy and his ride-along passenger two and a half years ago.

    If the trial of Rocky’s brother, Leon, is an indication, the state will try to show the jury the deaths were the result of a premeditated slaughter.