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Today's News

  • Hotel/motel tax passes Commission

    By a vote of 14-2, Morgan County Commission passed a 5 percent hotel/motel tax Monday evening.

    Commission had passed a similar resolution in August seeking to limit the tax to hotels and motels only, but after consulting with state officials it was discovered the tax had to include all types of lodging including campgrounds, bed and breakfasts, and Airbnbs.

    Morgan County Executive Brian Langley floated the idea to Commission earlier this summer as a way to generate revenue from outside sources and not having to rely on property owners in Morgan County.

  • Home destroyed by fire
  • Schools nab $134,000 USDA grant

    Morgan County Schools’ Farm to School program received a major boost recently. The United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service has selected Morgan County Schools to receive a Farm to School Implementation Grant totaling $134,000.

    The grant will go towards setting up a hydroponic greenhouse at the Morgan County Career and Technical Center (MCCTC) where students will be able to produce fresh produce all year round. Hydroponic farming is a method of growing plants without soil by instead using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent.

  • Bathroom adds to Annex woes

    An issue with an upstairs bathroom at the Morgan County Courthouse Annex is causing a stink.

    Earlier this year, Morgan County Circuit Court Clerk Marla Hines asked if a closed bathroom in the upstairs of the building could be reopened and used by her office. Apparently, the bathroom had been closed for years along with the upstairs of the building by the state fire marshal’s office, but had recently been given permission by the fire marshal’s office to use the upstairs portion of the building.

  • Cooler temps in the forecast for Morgan County

    By STEVE NORRIS
    MORGAN COUNTY NEWS

    We are going to see high temperatures near 90 degrees just about every day this week in Morgan County. September can bring heat that can pretty much rival anything August can throw at us. We have hit 100 degrees several times in the last 50 years.

  • Man fleeing on ATV damages MCSO patrol car

    A Morgan County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) patrol car was damaged last week after being struck by an ATV.

    According to an MCSO incident report, Deputy Cade Brown was traveling on Petros Highway when he spotted Orval Glenn Brandenburg, 24, of Petros, on his ATV. Brown attempted to stop Brandenburg on Water Tank Road on an outstanding warrant, but he failed to stop.

    Brandenburg turned onto Petros Highway and slowed down, allowing Deputy Luke Cooper to get in front of him.

  • 9-11 Ceremony set for Wednesday

    The Morgan County Executive’s Office will be hosting a special 9/11 ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 8:30 a.m. on the Morgan County Courthouse lawn in Wartburg.
    “It’s a day I know everyone can relate to,” Morgan County Executive Brian Langley said. “Everyone remembers where they were at that particular day and time. It had a big impact on America; it changed the dynamics of how we live and we don’t ever need to forget 9-11 and the lives that were lost.
    “This is our small way of trying to keep the memory alive and not let that happen again.”

  • AAA predicts lower gas prices this fall
  • Deer carcass ban in effect for Tennessee, Alabama

    As deer season approaches, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) remind hunters that it is illegal to import whole carcasses and certain body parts of any species of deer into either state.

    The import ban on deer in Alabama and Tennessee is part of a larger effort throughout the country to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) – a fatal neurological disease of white-tailed deer and other deer species, including mule deer, elk and moose.

  • TDCI announces 2020 FMM rates

    The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) announces the approval of insurance rates requested by the five carriers offering coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) in 2020.