Today's News

  • McGill honored on Veterans Day

    James A. McGill served in the United States Armed Forces from 1945 until 1971.

    He died on June 3 of this year, but he did not receive a military funeral or any service at all as his cremated remains went unclaimed.

    That did not sit well with a longtime family friend, Susie Kries, and on Sunday, Veterans Day, McGill’s service to his country was recognized during American Legion Post 149’s Veterans Day service held at Morgan County Courthouse in Wartburg.

  • Youth is served on Commission

    Most high school seniors have responsibilities such as taking out the trash and cleaning their room.

    Eli Anderson is responsible for that and a lot more, as the 18-year-old Wartburg Central High School senior won a set on Morgan County Commission last week after defeating Jocelyn Hamby and Jay Phillips for an unexpired term for District 6.

  • Manis charged with vehicular homicide after collision

    A Rockwood man died following a two-vehicle accident near Oakdale Saturday afternoon.

    According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report, 40-year-old Joseph Jones, of Rockwood, was killed after his 1998 Mazda Protégé was struck head on by a 2205 Chrysler Town and Country minivan driven by 35-year-old Amber Manis, of Oakdale.

    The report states Jones was traveling north on Airport Road when Manis’s vehicle, which was traveling south, crossed into Jones’ lane and then the two vehicles hit head on at the intersection of Young Road.

  • Heraeus playing waiting game

    It’s hard to tell from the outside, but changes are coming to Heraeus Precious Metals in Wartburg as the precious metal processing plant is currently working on one upgrade while waiting on permits on three separate projects that could bring 25 jobs or more to the area.

    “I’m very, very excited, but it’s a lot of work,” Heraeus Vice President and Plant Manager Norbert Ritschel said. “There’s not a lot to show, but it’s in the permit process and on schedule.”

  • Voters see mostly red in Morgan County

    Morgan County voters picked Republicans last week in the race for United States Senate and United States Representative.

    In one of the biggest races nationwide, Morgan County voters chose Republican Marsha Blackburn by a nearly 3-to-1 margin over Democrat Phil Bredesen. Blackburn tallied 4,080 votes (72.38 percent) compared to Bredesen’s 1,436 votes (25.47 percent).

    Statewide, Blackburn picked up 1,225, 558 votes (54.74 percent) compared to Bredesen’s 982,665 votes (43.89 percent).

  • Blue Line Security aids hurricane relief efforts

    It’s something they would prefer not to do, but Wartburg’s Blue Line Security has been pitching in with hurricane relief efforts in North Carolina and Florida.

    “We want to help out,” Blue Line owner Dwayne Bales said. “When something like this happens, we know they need extra bodies.”

  • Stolen tractor recovered

    The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) recovered a stolen Kubota Tractor Thursday at a residence in Jamestown.
    The tractor, valued at more than $40,000, was reported stolen from Sunbright in July.

    \Robert Crabtree, 43, of Jamestown, is being charged with theft over $40,000 and MCSO expects to have a second suspect in custody soon.

  • Morgan County unemployment rate dips to 4.5 percent

    Newly released unemployment data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) showed that vast majority of Tennessee’s 95 counties experienced lower unemployment rates in September 2018, when compared to the previous month.

    Rates decreased in 70 counties across Tennessee, remained the same in 15 counties, and 10 counties experienced a slight increase in unemployment.

    Morgan County’s unemployment rate is 4.5 percent, down from 4.8 percent in August, but up from 4.3 percent in September 2017.

  • Aging caregiver's law change expands enrollment

    Persons with developmental disabilities who have an aging caregiver may now qualify to enroll into TennCare’s Employment and Community First CHOICES program.

    The General Assembly passed a law that offers enrollment of people with developmental disabilities into the Employment and Community First CHOICES program if the person’s primary custodial caregiver is 80 years of age or older.  Previously, only persons with intellectual disabilities were eligible to enroll into home and community based waiver services through the aging caregiver’s law.

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