http://www.morgancountynews.net/todaysnews/rss.xml en Eclipse fever hits Morgan County http://www.morgancountynews.net/content/eclipse-fever-hits-morgan-county <img src="http://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/partial-solar-eclipse-clouds.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Morgan County is getting in on &ldquo;total eclipse fever&rdquo; Monday, Aug. 21, when the Obed Wild and Scenic River hosts viewing events at the Visitor&rsquo;s Center in Wartburg and Lilly Overlook, within the park itself.</p> <p> Attention is focused on the park, because it is within the &ldquo;path of totality,&rdquo; a 70-mile swath of the United States, stretching diagonally from Lincoln City, Oregon to Charleston, S.C.</p> <p> This specific region will experience the full eclipse, from beginning to end.</p> MC CTE receives $130,000 grant http://www.morgancountynews.net/content/mc-cte-receives-130000-grant <img src="http://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/welders.jpg" alt="From left, Gunter Dagley, Nicholas Duncan and Madilyn Williams, all welder students, stand next to an outdated machine — one of many that will be replaced with state grant funding." title="From left, Gunter Dagley, Nicholas Duncan and Madilyn Williams, all welder students, stand next to an outdated machine — one of many that will be replaced with state grant funding." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Morgan County Career and Technical Center will be $130,625 richer this year, thanks to a state grant.</p> <p> Director of Schools Ronnie Wilson was notified in late July about the award, which is through the Tennessee Department of Education.</p> <p> The funds will be used to upgrade equipment in both the health sciences division and advanced manufacturing.</p> Plateau Utility to close Sunbright office http://www.morgancountynews.net/content/plateau-utility-close-sunbright-office <img src="http://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/water_faucet_1.jpeg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> On the heels of the five year mark since Plateau Utility merged with Sunbright Utility, plans have been announced that the Sunbright office will close as of Sept. 1.</p> <p> That move is the direct result of Wartburg&rsquo;s purchase of the former Region&rsquo;s Bank Building, where the utility will be sharing office space.</p> <p> Plateau Utility has already been sharing space at the current city hall; while it does not pay the city rent, it does process the billing for the Wartburg Sewer Department, said Plateau Utility&rsquo;s General Manager Mike Monroe.</p> Coalfield comes out on top at Stone Memorial http://www.morgancountynews.net/content/coalfield-comes-out-top-stone-memorial <img src="http://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/coalfield_at_stone_mem_8296.jpg" alt="Coalfield&#039;s Tyler Keathley." title="Coalfield&#039;s Tyler Keathley." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The Coalfield Yellow Jackets showed up ready to play last Tuesday against the Class 4A Stone Memorial Panthers and walked away with a 40-7 win.</p> <p> &ldquo;For the first time out, it was a positive night,&rdquo; head coach Keith Henry said.</p> <p> Overall, Henry was very happy with what he saw from the Yellow Jackets in their first full contact scrimmage, but recognizes that Coalfield still needs to put in some work before the beginning of the season.</p> Plateau Utility reports major upgrades since merger with Sunbright http://www.morgancountynews.net/content/plateau-utility-reports-major-upgrades-merger-sunbright <img src="http://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/water_faucet_0.jpeg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="132" height="85" /><p> When the Sunbright and Plateau Utility Districts merged five years ago, Plateau&rsquo;s District Manager Mike Monroe was not at all sure what the end result might be.</p> <p> &ldquo;There were times early [on] after merging with Sunbright that I questioned whether or not we could turn things around and make the utility district successful,&rdquo; Monroe said Friday.</p> <p> &ldquo;Standard protocol for any major change is the requisite multitude of speculation and opinion that accompanies [it]; and this merger was no exception,&rdquo; he said.</p> Football signs found, suspect arrested in Oakdale http://www.morgancountynews.net/content/football-signs-found-suspect-arrested-oakdale <img src="http://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/sign_theft_1.jpeg" alt="From left, MCSO school resource officer Ben Gunter, Oakdale Principal Heath Snow, MC Sheriff Glen Freytag and Morgan County Director of Schools Ronnie Wilson stand in front of football signs recovered in Oakdale last week. " title="From left, MCSO school resource officer Ben Gunter, Oakdale Principal Heath Snow, MC Sheriff Glen Freytag and Morgan County Director of Schools Ronnie Wilson stand in front of football signs recovered in Oakdale last week. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> An Oakdale man has been arrested in connection with theft of the Oakdale Football Team&rsquo;s trailer and $4,500 worth of signage.</p> <p> Ricky Young was arrested Thursday night on charges that include theft, vandalism and filing a false police report.</p> <p> The Morgan County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office had received a call July 10 that the trailer had been taken, but it was found later that same day at Young&rsquo;s house just down the road from the school, said MCSO School Resource Officer Ben Gunter&nbsp;Friday.</p> Beloved Sunbright man killed, wife injured in car accident http://www.morgancountynews.net/content/beloved-sunbright-man-killed-wife-injured-car-accident <img src="http://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/bunches_n_2.jpg" alt="Sue and Robert Bunch. Robert was killed and Sue injured in a car wreck last week." title="Sue and Robert Bunch. Robert was killed and Sue injured in a car wreck last week." align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> A Fentress County wreck last week claimed the life of a well-loved Sunbright resident, and critically injured his wife.</p> <p> Robert L. Bunch, 82, was killed in the two-car accident, which occurred last Thursday around 1 p.m. on State Highway 52.</p> <p> His wife, Callie S. &ldquo;Sue&rdquo; Bunch, 72, was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville following the crash. She was listed in stable condition as of Friday.</p> Morgan County Fair brings "Sparkle" to this year's events http://www.morgancountynews.net/content/morgan-county-fair-brings-sparkle-years-events <img src="http://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/crown.jpeg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> This year, a new group of ladies will have the chance to shine at the Morgan County Fair.</p> <p> Organizers are adding another category to its beauty contest line-up, and this year will hold it&rsquo;s first-ever Morgan County Miss Sparkle contest at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16.</p> <p> The event is open to girls and women with special needs, said Kim Potter, who, along with her husband, Steve, operates the fair.</p>