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Today's News

  • Helen flies the coop

    Helen, a 9 1/2 X 13-foot chicken built by students at Morgan County Career and Technical Center (MCCTC) has a new home, as Clarkrange resident Janet Masters purchased the large hen for $1,500.

    “I saw it on TV, heard the story and it impressed me that a vocational school and teacher did this,” Masters said. “It was impressive and it just struck me as being a project I would be interested in.

  • Flood damage estimated at $402,000

    Morgan County Emergency Management Agency Director Jody Zorsch has turned in $272,000 worth of damages following last month’s flooding to TEMA (Tennessee Emergency Management Agency).

    Zorsch is also turning in another $130,000 in damages when she meets with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) this week.

    The filing of damages is the first step in what Zorsch hopes will be a reimbursement process through a Presidential Declaration for the state of Tennessee.

  • Lack of heat forces school to close

    Unusual cold temperatures and a faulty cooling tower led to Wartburg Central Middle School students getting an unscheduled day off from school on Wednesday.

    The system actually broke down the night before, but school maintenance personnel were able to fix the problem before school began on Tuesday. Wednesday, however, was different as maintenance personnel could not fix the problem early in the day and students were sent home shortly after arrival.

  • Morgan County gearing up for 2020 census

    As mandated by the Constitution, the United States is preparing for its once in a decade census and Morgan County Counts, a committee recently formed to aid in the county, is hoping everyone who resides in Morgan County is counted.

    “We were training our team here in Morgan County,” said Kimberly Smith, East Tennessee Partnership Specialist for Philadelphia Region of the Census Bureau.

  • Upgrades underway at Frozen Head State Park

    If you haven’t visited Frozen Head Start Park recently then you might notice some subtle changes as Park Manager Jacob Ingram and his staff are working hard to upgrade the facilities.

    “We’ve got three big facilities management projects going on right now,” Ingram said. “We’ve retiled the Big Cove bathhouse in our campground. We put all new tile in there and it looks great. That’s a big project that we just finished up.

  • Human remains found near Wartburg

    On March 4, 2019, Morgan County Sheriff Wayne Potter received information that led to the recovery of human remains in a wooded area near Anderson Road just north of Wartburg.

    A preliminary examination of the remains by a University of Tennessee Pathology team indicated they belonged to a Caucasian male. It is also believed at this time that the remains have been in the wooded area at least five years.

  • Lee pushing for more SROs

    Tennessee Governor Bill Lee recently announced a new investment in school safety to better protect teachers and students and prepare against the threat of violence.

    “The safety of our children and teachers is a top priority for my administration, and this investment ensures that school districts will have the resources they need to better protect our schools,” said Lee.

  • Lee offers plan to improve criminal justice system

    Tennessee Governor Bill Lee recently announced comprehensive plans to address criminal justice and public safety.

    “We must significantly improve public safety in our state and I believe that starts with our criminal justice system,” said Lee. “We will focus on helping individuals to ensure there is a pathway to a productive life beyond crime and ultimately make our state a safer place.”

    Gov. Lee is proposing initiatives including:

  • State unemployment rate steady at 3.3 percent

    Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Jeff McCord announced Thursday a preliminary statewide unemployment rate of 3.3 percent for January 2019.

    The seasonally adjusted rate for January mirrors the December 2018 unemployment rate of 3.3 percent, which was revised down 0.3 of a percentage point from the month’s preliminary rate of 3.6 percent.

    Tennessee has now had a statewide unemployment rate of 3.3 percent for the last four consecutive months.

  • Windle reads Dr. Seuss at WCHS