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Today's News

  • One dead following shooting

    The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) worked a fatal shooting in the Deer Lodge community of Morgan County that occurred at 1412 Twin Bridge Road, in the late evening hours of Saturday, Sept. 15.  

    There was one victim, Kevron Thomas ‘Tommy’ Durham, age 56, who was evidently shot at least one time with a Ruger .44 magnum lever action long rifle by a juvenile suspect.

  • Riding the storm out

    By HUGH WILLETT
    MORGAN COUNTY NEWS

    A group of sailors who evacuated their base in Virginia ahead of hurricane Florence found safe harbor at the Weidemann Hotel in Deer Lodge last week.

    Susie Kries, proprietor at the hotel, said she offered free lodging to the four Gunner Mates who are stationed at Little Creek, VA and assigned to the Coastal Riverene Squad.

  • Plumbing, locks among problems at Morgan County Jail

    Newly elected Morgan County Sheriff Wayne Potter addressed Morgan County Commission Monday evening to make them aware of some problems at Morgan County Jail.

    The problems include cells with doors that won’t lock, toilets that won’t flush, and a water leak somewhere in the walls that is flooding the floor at times in the facility. Potter took over as Sheriff on Sept. 1 and discovered the problems on his first day in office.

  • Bomb threat at CHS

    Central High School in Wartburg was evacuated last Tuesday following a bomb threat on the premises.

    The incident happened after school hours at approximately 4:15 p.m., but several students were still on site and a volleyball game was set to start later in the afternoon.

    “My custodial staff located a note on a bathroom stall door after hours,” Central High School Principal Aaron Jones said. “We were having a volleyball game against Van Buren County, girls basketball was working out and we were having football practice at the time.

  • ‘I am asking for your help’

    Wayne Potter has been on the job for less than two weeks as Morgan County Sheriff, but he is making it a point to be visible in the community.

    Potter and Capt. Brad Aytes recently attended the monthly meeting of Oakdale City Council. They listened to citizen concerns and Potter urged citizens to help the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office become a better place.

    “I am asking for your help,” Potter told the crowd.

    After the meeting, Potter and Aytes met with Oakdale Mayor Buddy Miller and several citizens one-on-one.

  • Byrd pleads guilty to stealing from apartment complex

    An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has determined that Pamela Byrd, the former office manager of the Brookwood Terrace Apartments in Wartburg stole at least $22,036.

    The Brookwood Terrace Apartments is a 24-unit complex and is part of the Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority (DCEA), which receives its primary funding from federal and state grants. The investigation began after the DCEA notified the

    Comptroller’s Office of potential financial discrepancies at the apartment complex.

  • Oakdale says no to beer for second time

    Oakdale recently held its second council meeting to discuss the town’s stance on alcohol.

    Oakdale currently doesn’t allow the sale of alcohol within town limits, but Wendell’s Market and Deli had made a request to sell beer at its location.

    Oakdale Town Council met in August and again in September to discuss the proposal, but citizens from in and around

    Oakdale voiced their displeasure against the sale of beer within the town on both occasions.

  • MCSO deputy’s badge found in traffic stop

    Drugs along with a Morgan County sheriff’s deputy badge were found during a traffic stop in Rockwood this month. The occupants of the vehicle, passenger Stephanie Lynn Foland and driver Jeffrey Wade Hinds, are facing charges in the incident.

    According to the report, Hinds and Foland were in a Mitsubishi Galant that was stopped at the intersection of Wilder and Bates on Sept. 9.

  • Lee makes campaign stop in Morgan County

    A lot has changed for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee since his last visit to Morgan County.

    In late February, Lee made a stop at Morgan-Scott Project in Deer Lodge in front of a small crowd to kick off his Faith in Tennessee tour. At that point, Lee wasn’t considered a threat to win the Aug. 2 primary.

    Lee, however, kept the course delivering a message of hope to Tennesseans and his message paid off with a big victory over Diane Black, Randy Boyd and Beth Harwell in the August primary.

  • Smith steps down at Morgan-Scott Project

    Ella Smith has been making life better for those in need in Scott and Morgan counties as Executive Director of Morgan-Scott Project for the past 11 years.

    Thursday evening, the Morgan-Scott community showed their appreciation through a surprise banquet in her honor, as Smith officially retired Friday