Today's News

  • No rate hike on county’s health insurance

    Morgan County Government received some good news recently as there will be no health insurance premium increase for 2018.
    “It’s kind of unheard of,” Morgan County Director of Finance Gary Howard said. “We budget for a 10 percent increase. I started doing that 10 or 12 years ago to lessen the impact. If we can keep it under 10 percent I’m doing cartwheels. Last year was about five percent and the year before was right around that, but to get a flat renewal is something. I’m ecstatic right now.”

  • Buy local this Christmas season

    With the Christmas shopping season set to start Friday, Morgan County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bridget DeFee hopes some of those Black Friday shopping trips will include businesses that are close to home.

    “I’m trying to get the word out that our local businesses have a lot to offer,” she said. “We’re trying very intensely to focus business on Morgan County and to wrap our arms around the businesses we have. What we have is quaint and what we have is small.”

  • Search ends for missing Gobey resident

    ver the weekend for 38-year-old Kevin Hamby of Gobey.

    The decision to call off the search was made Saturday evening following four days of combing the hills around Gobey.

    “It’s going to be treated as a missing person with the (Morgan County) Sheriff’s Department,” Morgan County Rescue Squad Chief Neil Noe said.

    Hamby has been missing since around 7 p.m. last Tuesday after going for a ride on his RZR side by side.

  • Darnell’s, Save-A-Lot team up to fight hunger

    Now through Christmas Morgan County’s two biggest grocery stores, Darnell’s IGA and Save-A-Lot, are teaming up to help feed the hungry in Morgan County.

    Both are offering holiday packages of food that customers can purchase at a discount price. The food will then be donated to area missions.

  • Large turnout for Deer Lodge Thanksgiving dinner

    The Deer Lodge Abner Ross Memorial Center was packed recently as the nonprofit agency held its annual free Thanksgiving dinner for the community.

    “I don’t know how many years it has been going on but this is our annual community Thanksgiving dinner,” Deer Lodge Abner Ross Memorial Center President John Waschevski said. “We furnish the meats, mashed potatoes, rolls and then everybody brings a covered dish.

    “It’s a tradition they started and we’re just keeping it up.”

  • Billy’s Big Day

    Billy Marlow celebrated his 92nd birthday in style last Monday as the lifelong Joyner resident was honored by American Legion Post 149 and American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan for 73 years of service with the post.

    “I really appreciate this,” Marlow said after the ceremony. “I knew I was getting something, but I didn’t think I was getting all that.”

    Marlow was just a teenager working for Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary when he joined the U.S. Army

  • Rugged and Rustic

    A nugget of gold within these mountains.

    That’s what Becky Rehorn said when describing Wartburg to the crowd gathered at Thursday’s Wartburg Downtown Revitalization committee meeting at Wartburg City Hall.

    Rehorn works for Vaughn & Melton Consulting Engineers with committee member Roger Long. Having a marketing background as well, she was hired by the committee to study Wartburg and find ways to develop something unique for the town in the future.

  • New jail one step closer

    Morgan County is one step closer to building a new or renovating its current county jail after the Jail Committee voted unanimously last Tuesday to accept bids for the project.

    “We’re going to solicit RFQs, request for qualifications for architectural and engineering firms, or whoever wants to put in an RFQ in with us,” Morgan County Executive Don Edwards said. “The Jail Committee will review and assess those and hopefully make a recommendation to County Commission in the January commission meeting.”

  • American Legion National Commander visits Wartburg

    American Legion Post 149 in Wartburg had reason to celebrate last Monday, as for the first time ever an American Legion National Commander visited Morgan County.

    To make the visit even more important is that the American Legion National Commander is Denise Rohan. She’s the first female National Commander in the American Legion’s 99-year history.

  • Lady Tigers perfect through first four

    The Sunbright Lady Tigers started the year off on a high note with a pair of wins against J. Frank White Academy (57-42) and Jellico (61-39) at home on Tuesday, then two more against Chattanooga (59-40) and Whitwell (52-47) at Whitwell on Saturday.

    While the Lady Tigers trailed off in spots in both games Tuesday night, they showed that they are a force to be reckoned with as a team when they are on their game.