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Today's News

  • Man pulls gun on deputy

    Rodney Jack Inman, 42, of Wartburg was arrested Saturday afternoon after an alleged high speed chase that ended with Inman allegedly pulling a gun on a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

    According to a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputy Adam Bryant observed a maroon Honda passing multiple vehicles at a time while traveling 70 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone in the area of Cassell Road on Knoxville Highway.

  • Jury finds Shoffner guilty

    A Morgan County jury didn’t buy the defense claims a former Morgan County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant feared for the safety of himself and his men when he used a stun gun on a former inmate and punched him multiple times in the side of the head during the scuffle.

    Joe David Shoffner was found guilty of official misconduct and misdemeanor assault.

  • Convicted murderer seeks new trial

    second degree murder last year in the shooting death of his girlfriend is asking for an acquittal or a new trial with regards to related charges of reckless endangerment.

    Erskine Andy Hunt Jr. was sentenced to 33 years in October for the death of Dolly Meyers. He was also convicted of two counts of reckless endangerment as well because two children were sleeping at the home the night Meyers died.

  • County receives TDEC used oil, recycling grant

    Morgan County will get more green and save some green too thanks to a $42,350 Used Oil Collection and Recycling Grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

    The county will use the funds to remove and replace nine used oil tanks at the county’s convenience centers, allow for the purchase of a used oil transport trailer, and place an antifreeze storage tank and used oil pump at the Flat Fork Convenience Center.

  • Gas station burglary

    An allegedly intoxicated man is accused of burglarizing a Marathon gas station in Coalfield last week.

    Morgan County Deputy Logan Alley reported finding Jacob Daniel Normand crawling out of the front door of the Marathon gas station in Coalfield when he responded to the scene in the early morning hours Friday.

    “The defendant had in his possession 5 packs of Newport Menthol Cigarettes and two 20 oz. Sprite drinks,” said Alley.

    Alley reported Normand refused to comply with his orders to get on the ground.

  • Baby Levi trial date set

    A trial date has been set by Morgan County Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks for Oct. 16 of this year in the case involving the death of baby Levi Beaty.

    Beaty was 17 months old when he died on June 1, 2014 under circumstances that led a Morgan County Jury on Sept. 15, 2014 to indict Levi’s mother, Amanda Beaty, and her boyfriend, Rodger Dale Prince, for the murder of Levi.

  • Walk, Don’t Ride!
  • Taking a stand against drugs

    What started out on Facebook as a conversation about how to fight opioid addiction has led to a group of area residents forming the Morgan County Anti-Addiction Coalition. The group held their first official meeting on Jan. 24 in Wartburg.

    “We had talked (on Facebook) and then you (Morgan County News) put an article in the paper that brought a lot of attention to the problem,” said County Commissioner Dennis Freels, who was also named chairman of the coalition.“People started posting (on Facebook) and said we need to get together and see what we can do.

  • Area churches hold safety seminar

    Thirty-five churches from Morgan, Roane and surrounding counties recently gathered at First Baptist Church in Kingston for a safety seminar conducted by the Roane County Sheriff’s Department.

    The seminar dealt with a variety of subjects including keeping children and elderly members safe, how to use an AED and perform CPR, how to deal with unruly visitors, and even what to do in an active shooter situation.

  • Tourism Alliance gearing up for Mountain Laurel Festival

    Although May 19 is more than four months away, the Morgan County Tourism Alliance is gearing up now for the fourth annual Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival.

    “We’re very excited,” festival organizer Marta Monroe said. “We’ve grown over the years. We had it at the Visitor’s Center the first year and it rained all day long. We moved it to the courthouse after that and God has blessed us with good weather ever since.”