Today's News

  • Thou Shalt Not Kill

    A church is generally thought of as a place of peace and tranquility.

    However, times are changing and now churches are considered soft targets to individuals looking to do harm as mass shootings at places of worship have been on the rise in recent years in the United States.

  • High-speed chase leads to drug arrest

    An alleged high-speed chase in Deer Lodge Friday night led to the arrest of 46-year-old Mitzi Darlene Owens.

    According to a report filed by David Woodard of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Woodward was in Deer Lodge when officer Luke Cooper yelled on the radio that a white car almost hit him head on. The car later passed Woodward at a high rate of speed and Woodard noticed it matched a description of a vehicle that officers had tried to stop the two previous nights.

  • Whited charged with vehicular homicide in death of teen

    Scott Douglas Whited, age 36 of Oakdale, was taken into custody Friday afternoon by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and charged with vehicular homicide, DUI and more following an accident near Oakdale School that killed 14-year-old Zackery Manis last July.

    Manis, and a friend, Kaydon Redmon, 13, were reportedly on their way to football practice on July 27, 2017 when a one-vehicle accident on Clifty Creek injured both boys.

  • Oakdale community rallies to save library

    With the future of its library in doubt, several Oakdale area residents recently met with the Morgan County Library Board to come up with ideas to increase use of the Oakdale Public Library.

    Oakdale’s library pails in comparison in usage compared to the county’s other five libraries and Morgan County Library Board Chairman Andrew Sandberg admits the board has to do what is best for the most people when thinking about the future.

  • County, Tourism Alliance apply for grant

    If all goes well, Morgan County will receive good news from the state in upcoming weeks regarding its proposal for a $25,000 ThreeStar grant.

    “We have received this for several years and I think we have a good package put together this year,” Morgan County Executive Assistant T.J. Aytes said. “We’ve worked with Marta Monroe, Mark Keck and the Morgan County Tourism Alliance (MCTA). They’ve put in a lot of hours. We’re hoping we can get another $25,000 this year to help some of our communities.”

  • Keck announces candidacy for County Executive

    Almost four years ago at the end of the 2014 elections, Mark Keck promised that he would be back to run again. In keeping to his word, he picked up his petition and qualified in the first part of February.

  • County unemployment rate falls

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development recently released the February 2018 unemployment rates for all Tennessee counties. The latest statistics showed improved rates for the majority of the state’s counties during the month.
    Sixty-nine of Tennessee’s 95 counties saw lower unemployment rates when compared to January 2018.  The rates remained the same in 21 counties and increased in five counties.

  • Now we wait

    The fate of Morgan County Sheriff Glen Freytag’s lawsuit against Morgan County Executive Don Edwards now lies solely in the hands of one man, Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton.

    Pemberton heard testimony last week from 19 witnesses and will also have to sift through roughly 30 exhibits before reaching his decision.

  • Officers offer views on needs at trial

    While most of the focus of last week’s trial centered on Don Edwards, Glen Freytag and a pair of expert witnesses, the majority of witnesses were current or former employees of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.

    Those 14 witnesses spoke of the problems associated with a perceived lack of road deputies, lack of pay, and working long hours due to an overall lack of staff.

    Here is a list of those who testified and what they had to say:

  • Experts offer differing views at trial

    Perhaps the two biggest witnesses at last week’s trial between Morgan County Sheriff Glen Freytag and Morgan County Executive Don Edwards were a pair of college professors brought in as expert witnesses.

    East Tennessee State University Professor Dr. Larry S. Miller testified on behalf of Freytag while Middle Tennessee State Assistant Professor Dr. Ben Stickle testified on behalf of Edwards.