http://www.morgancountynews.net/todaysnews/rss.xml en Wartburg revenue plummets http://www.morgancountynews.net/content/wartburg-revenue-plummets <img src="http://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/dollar_bills_0.jpg" alt="The numbers are not looking good for Wartburg, as its revenue has dropped significantly this year compared to previous years." title="The numbers are not looking good for Wartburg, as its revenue has dropped significantly this year compared to previous years." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The numbers are not looking good for Wartburg, as its revenue has dropped significantly this year compared to previous years.</p> <p> As of the April city council meeting, the city of Wartburg&rsquo;s financial report showed a large decrease in the city&rsquo;s revenue. The council said the budget is $30,000 less than projected in revenue for the city compared to the previous six years. This could spell trouble for the city as the year progresses.</p> Dr. Miller leaving to head Claiborne County Schools http://www.morgancountynews.net/content/dr-miller-leaving-head-claiborne-county-schools <img src="http://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/dr._miller.jpg" alt="Morgan County Career and Technical Center Director Dr. Joe Miller will be leaving his current position to become the director of Claiborne County Schools. " title="Morgan County Career and Technical Center Director Dr. Joe Miller will be leaving his current position to become the director of Claiborne County Schools. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Dr. Joe Miller is leaving Morgan County Schools to lead students in Claiborne County as that district&rsquo;s new director of schools.</p> <p> The long-time educator, who currently serves as the director of Morgan County Career and Technical Center, received the good news last week, and will be officially starting his new job July 1.</p> <p> He had been in the running for the position for some time, and had gone through several rounds of interviews before being selected.</p> Striking a chord for Mariah http://www.morgancountynews.net/content/striking-chord-mariah <img src="http://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/charile_web.jpg" alt="Charlie Pollard posses with the poster made of Mariah’s original parts. " title="Charlie Pollard posses with the poster made of Mariah’s original parts. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> One year ago Morgan County guitarist Charlie Pollard only had a hope of getting his vintage D-18 Martin restored by nationally famous guitar makers Wayne Henderson and Don Wilson. But thanks to some media coverage, Pollard said he was able to get Henderson and Wilson on board with the project despite a 10-year waiting list.</p> School director contract extended http://www.morgancountynews.net/content/school-director-contract-extended <img src="http://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/ronnie_wilson_0.jpg" alt="Morgan County Director of Schools Ronnie Wilson. " title="Morgan County Director of Schools Ronnie Wilson. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Morgan County Director of Schools Ronnie Wilson will continue to lead the local system following a unanimous vote from the Morgan County Board of Education.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a really big honor,&rdquo; Wilson said as serving as director of schools. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s been a pleasure to work with our board of education. We&rsquo;ve gotten a lot done, but there is still a lot to do. We&rsquo;ve been able to do some really great things for the schools, and we are getting a hold of the funding.&rdquo;</p> Trapped and lost camper rescued from Obed http://www.morgancountynews.net/content/trapped-and-lost-camper-rescued-obed <p> What started out as a camping trip became a rescue on Emory River last week.</p> <p> Laura Blair, who is not believed to be from Morgan County, went camping with friends behind Oakdale School on Tuesday, April 11, according to information provided by Morgan County E-911 Director Matthew Brown.</p> Imagination Library makes real impact http://www.morgancountynews.net/content/imagination-library-makes-real-impact <img src="http://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/imagination_library_director.jpg" alt="Morgan County Imagination Library Directory Donna Jerden talks about the program’s benefits at the last county commission meeting. " title="Morgan County Imagination Library Directory Donna Jerden talks about the program’s benefits at the last county commission meeting. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Morgan County&rsquo;s Imagination Library Director has asked Morgan County Commissioners to help fund the unique program that provides books for every child in the county.</p> <p> Donna Jerden, who is also a retired Morgan County teacher and principal, asked the members to consider allowing payroll deductions to the program after presenting a report on the Imagination Library&rsquo;s successes.</p> <p> &ldquo;It is really a great program,&rdquo; said Jerden, who receives no salary for her service, insisting that all funds raised &ldquo;goes for books and books only.&rdquo;</p> Bid threshold raised http://www.morgancountynews.net/content/bid-threshold-raised <p> The Morgan County Commission approved a change to the bidding threshold that is anticipated to cut some of the red tape associated with purchases.</p> <p> During the last County Commission Meeting the bid threshold was increased from $10,000 to $25,000. This means that the county no longer has to put out an official bid in the newspaper unless the purchase exceeds $25,000.</p> <p> &ldquo;It will untie our hands a little bit when we need something by not being so stringent,&rdquo; said Morgan County Finance Director Gary Howard.</p> Local legion gets historic recognition http://www.morgancountynews.net/content/local-legion-gets-historic-recognition <img src="http://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/dscf3392.jpg" alt="The local American Legion Post has come a long way thanks to community support. " title="The local American Legion Post has come a long way thanks to community support. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Wartburg&rsquo;s American Legion Post # 149 received some well-deserved historic recognition during the recent East Tennessee Preservation Awards.</p> <p> The recognition came from the 2016 East Tennessee Preservation Awards, which selected only a handful of locations of this year&rsquo;s accolades.</p>