Community News

  • Happenings

    Thursday, Feb. 21

    American Legion members to meet
    The American Legion #149 in Wartburg will hold its monthly members meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21, promptly at 7 p.m.

    Saturday, Feb. 23

    Adams Hill Special Service
    Adams Hill Church in Chestnut Ridge will hold a special church service Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. EST with Bro. James Bilbrey and singers. Bro. Bilbrey will preach. Everyone is welcome. 

    Sunday, Feb. 24

  • What is BASECAMP?

        BASECAMP is all of Wartburg — it is the local community supporting all visitors, whatever their adventure might be. Wartburg serves as the perfect BASECAMP for tourists, hikers, paddlers, kayakers, climbers, bikers and all others who come to explore two national parks, two state parks, a state forest as well as incredible historic and scenic surroundings all just minutes from downtown. The motto: STOP BY. RESUPPLY. GET BACK OUT THERE.

  • Patten thanks American Legion Post #149 for assistance

        Bradley Patten served as a Naval Reserve. He then entered active duty as a senior.
        He was naval aviation crew chief and aerial gunner during the Korean War. After the war, he worked for a private contractor as an aircraft mechanic.
        In 1960 Patten went to work for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration until 1993. He flew around the world twice, once in each direction.
        He flew through the eye of hurricanes 267 times doing extreme weather research.

  • Coalfield

        Every year Pleasant Grove Baptist Church hosts an event for the widows of our Coalfield community. The church invites the widows to a lovely program and love feast prepared by the men. This year 36 ladies attended the Valentine’s Day party on Sunday, Feb. 10. Everyone looks forward to the program all year. Thank you, church, so much for your thoughtfulness. I Timothy 5:16
    Please send any news to me at 865-469-6671 or 865-203-4785.

  • Stretch your food dollars and SNAP benefits

        With the possibility of another government shut down many people are looking for ways to stretch their food budgets and tricks to make their SNAP benefits go farther. Here are some tips you can use at any time. These tips are good for those using SNAP and those who are cash buyers.

    Before you go to the store:

  • East Tennessee county leaders join forces to recognize 16 outstanding senior citizens

        Older adults set the bar for volunteering in East Tennessee but often go unnoticed in their efforts. Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service (SCHAS), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the elderly, persons with disabilities, and their families by providing accessible care and supportive services through compassionate personnel, has created a special event called the Ageless Hall of Fame, that will honor and recognize 16 senior citizens who demonstrated their care for their community.

  • Happenings

    Friday, Feb. 15

    Retired Teachers to meet
    The Morgan County Retired Teachers Association will meet Friday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. at Wartburg Central Elementary School. Morgan County Director of Schools, Ronnie Wilson, will speak. All school retirees are welcome to join the group for food and fellowship.

    Monday, Feb. 18

    Library Board to meet

  • February is Spay/Neuter Awareness month

        Curb pet overpopulation and make your pet healthier

        The decision to spay or neuter your pet is an important one for pet owners. It can be the single best decision you make for their long-term welfare.

    Reduce pet homelessness

  • Exploring Morgan County

        These past two years, I’ve written about places to explore Morgan County’s present. This month, I’d like to take you all on a field trip, to explore Morgan County’s past. Let’s rewind 214 years, to 1805.

  • Coalfield

        The nation watched this past Sunday as the oldest and youngest coaches and the oldest and youngest quarterbacks competed in the 53rd Superbowl. Americans have a great love for ballgames and Coalfield residents are no different. My dad, Bill Lyles, played high school ball and followed football all his life. So, the rest of his family had to!
        I remember watching Johnny Unitas and Joe Namath with Daddy years ago, and this weekend brought back those memories. Now we can relax until next February.