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  • Register now for Mountain Laurel Hiking Marathon

    The Fourth Annual Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival Hiking Marathon registered more than 60 participants last Saturday at the Morgan County Visitor Center.

    The Hike MoCo Group of the Morgan County Tourism Alliance (MCTA) organizes this year’s Marathon, sponsored by Morgan County Medical Center, Life Care Center of Morgan County and Premier Therapy.

  • TVA donates to Sunbright Veterans Memorial

    Sunbright’s Veterans Memorial is one step closer to completion as on Friday TVA Right of Way Manager Michael Nance presented the Sunbright Beautification Board with a check for $1,860 that will be used to purchase a pair of benches, which will be place at the Memorial site.

    “TVA tries to give back to all the local communities and this is one of the many ways we do that,” Nance said.
    Nance, however, has a personal connection to the project as he is a Morgan County resident who served in the military.

  • Unemployment up in Morgan County

    Statistics released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) show 67 of the state’s 95 counties continued to experience unemployment rates below 5 percent during the first month of 2019.

    Morgan County is among the 67 with unemployment under 5 percent. Morgan County’s unemployment rate for January was 4.7 percent.

    Morgan County’s unemployment rate jumped almost 1 percent from December’s rate of 3.8 percent, but is still below the January 2018 rate of 5.5 percent.

  • Base Camp Wartburg preparing for Sheltowee hikers

    Base Camp Wartburg is excited about the opportunity to serve hikers traveling the Sheltowee Trace to its southern terminus, the Morgan County Visitor Center in Wartburg. 

    The Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail is a continuous over 323-mile trail from the northern boundary of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Rowan County, KY through the Big South Fork in Scott County, TN with immediate plans to extend to Rugby in Morgan County.

  • Brushy owners honored by Senate
  • TDH participating in Hiring Our Heroes program

    The Tennessee Department of Health is now participating in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program. U.S. Army Operations and Information Technology Manager Caitlin Whitmire is now serving in the TDH Division of Health Disparities for her fellowship assignment. The state of Tennessee’s participation in Hiring Our Heroes is facilitated by the Tennessee Department of Human Resources. TDH is one of three state agencies participating in the program this year.

  • TACIR recommends infrastructure improvements

    Tennessee needs at least $49.8 billion of public infrastructure improvements during the five-year period of July 2017 to June 2022—a $5 billion (11.1 percent) increase from the year before—according to a new report by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR).

  • MCTA honored by Commission
  • TDCI warns of Medicare scams

    The promise of “free” back, neck, or knee braces might sound enticing to those in need of such devices. Unfortunately, Tennessee consumers end up paying when they’re duped by Medicare swindlers who are after consumers’ money and personal information.

  • Petros hosts museum fundraiser

    Petros is a town with a rich history, but lifelong resident Phyllis White is afraid much of that history will be gone if the community doesn’t act.

    White is now spearheading an effort to preserve the town’s history by hopefully raising enough money to open a museum near the Petros Senior Citizens Center.

    “We are hoping to have a small Petros museum,” White said. “We have so much history, but we’re getting old and dying out. If someone doesn’t do something then all that history will be gone.”