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  • TDOSHS launches new mobile app

    The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDOSHS) Driver Services Division launched a new mobile application that will better serve Tennesseans. The mobile application, titled TN Driver Services, can be found on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

  • University of Tennessee considering tuition increase

    The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees will be considering a record fifth year of low tuition increases when it meets on June 21.

    In preparation of that meeting and to meet new legislative guidelines, today the University released the proposed tuition increases for UT Knoxville, UT Chattanooga and UT Martin and requested feedback from students and the public. The proposed increases range from 2 to 2.5 percent, which are within the up to 2.5 percent range set by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

  • Morgan County hosts TARS meeting

    Wartburg Central High School wasn’t the site of a major catastrophe on Saturday, June 8, but it appeared so on the outside as rescue squads from throughout the state converged on the facility for the Region 2 TARS (Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads) meeting.

  • No Kid Hungry program comes to Tennessee

    The national anti-hunger campaign No Kid Hungry has selected Tennessee as one of six states that will participate in its 2019 School Breakfast Leadership Institute. Teams from Georgia, Maryland, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming attended an in-person convening in New Orleans, La. June 11-12, and received a $50,000 grant from No Kid Hungry to implement a comprehensive action plan to expand access to school breakfast in their state. States were selected through a competitive proposal process.

  • Sunbright gears up for Saturday festival

    This Saturday, June 22 will be a big day in Sunbright as the city and the Sunbright Beautification Board are hosting their Second Annual Bluegrass Jammin’ and Singing in the City Park from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    “We just want to have a fun day where people get together to fellowship,” Sunbright Mayor Karen Melton said. “We hope the community comes out and has a good day with us at City Park.”

  • Sunbright happy with new amphitheater

    The City of Sunbright recently put the finishing touches on its new amphitheater, which was constructed through a $25,000 ThreeStar grant Morgan County received in July 2018.

    “We’re real happy,” Sunbright Mayor Karen Melton said. “We’re excited because we had our first use of it with the Sunbright band and the reading program for the children a few weeks ago. We’re going to have family night with movies here this summer and other events so we are real excited.

  • Dagley pleased with Wartburg budget

    The City of Wartburg set its budget at last week’s city council meeting and Mayor Jonathan Dagley was pleased the city will be able to give its employees about a 25-cent raise despite falling revenues.

    “I’m totally excited,” Dagley said. “I’m somewhat shocked we were able to get through with a good budget. We were able to give raises and purchase equipment even with revenue down.

  • MCEDB receives grant for Brushy

    The Morgan County Economic Development Board and Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary received some good news recently as they have been awarded a $75,000 Tourism Enhancement Grant from the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

  • Gunter, Monroe honored by Tourism Alliance

    In five short years, the Morgan County Tourism Alliance’s (MCTA) Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival in Wartburg has grown into one of the top events of its kind in East Tennessee.

    Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival co-chairpersons Pam Gunter and Marta Monroe have spearheaded the event from its beginning, and Thursday evening the duo were honored by MCTA at its monthly meeting.

    “Ever since day one they have been two of the main driving forces for the Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival,” MCTA Chairman Mark Keck said.

  • Frozen Head State park achieves bronze status

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) recently recognized all 56 state parks for their efforts in environmental sustainability practices as part of the state’s Go Green With Us program.

    Burgess Falls State Park in White County led the way with platinum status performance. Nine parks achieved gold level status, with 24 parks at silver level and 22 at bronze.