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Today's News

  • Wartburg gears up for 2019 Mountain Laurel Festival

    Downtown Wartburg will be a busy place Friday evening and Saturday, as the Morgan County Tourism Alliance (MCTA) is gearing up for the Fifth Annual Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival.

    “We are excited and  I think we’re ready,” MCTA member Marta Monroe said. “I think people will miss something if they don’t come.”

    The festival has been a one-day (Saturday) event in years past, but that is changing in 2019 as several events have been added for Friday evening at the Morgan County Courthouse.

  • Schools cut positions, programs to make budget

    The Morgan County Board of Education passed a budget for the 2019-20 school year at last week’s school board meeting, but Director of Schools Ronnie Wilson says some teaching positions and high school programs have been eliminated due to decreased funding.

  • Man arrested after passing out in car

    A report of a suspicious vehicle led to a Morgan County resident, Steven Len Stedam, 58, being arrested on drug charges.

    According to a report from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), the alleged incident occurred on Sunday, May 5 at 7:30 a.m.

  • Life Care Center preps for disaster

    In wasn’t real, but Morgan County emergency personnel responded in force Friday morning to an earthquake at Life Care Center of Morgan County.

  • Unemployment rate falls in Morgan County

    Eighty of Tennessee’s 95 counties recorded an unemployment rate in March 2019 that is lower compared to the same time last year according to newly released data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). Also, in the year-to-year comparison, the rates in nine counties held steady, while six counties saw increases.
    Comparing March 2019 statistics to the previous month, 69 counties experienced a slight uptick in unemployment, while rates decreased in 17 counties and remained the same in nine Tennessee counties.

  • WCHS receives $10,000 in grants

    Thursday, May 2 was a big day for the Wartburg Central High School (WCHS) science department as the school received a pair of grants totaling $10,000.

    “It’s huge for us,” WCHS science teacher Casey Bass said. “It’s going to go a long way. I’m so thankful for this because this will help our kids and they will be better prepared for the future. We want these kids to have the best and do their best.”

    The first grant totaled $3,500 and is from TVA.

  • MCCX hosts resource fair

    The Morgan County Correctional Complex recently held an offender resource fair for those who are within one year of their release or parole hearing.

    More than 30 partnering agencies and non profits from Morgan, Roane, Knox and other neighboring counties participated in the event, which was organized in an effort to put offenders nearing release in contact with those who can provide them access to the resources needed to be successful.

  • Olivet students help Morgan-Scott Project
  • Corrections officers to receive pay raises

    Corrections officers and counselors in Tennessee will see a substantial pay increase under an amendment to the budget which was recently approved by the full Senate.

    The budget was amended to include $5.5 million for a 7.5 percent compression pay increase for veteran employees currently working behind prison walls.

    The amendment is in addition to the $15.6 million appropriation presented by Governor Bill Lee in his original budget proposal to boost the starting pay of correctional officers in Tennessee.

  • TDOSHS launches app to report suspicious activity

    The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDOSHS) launched a new mobile application that will provide Tennesseans a way to report criminal or suspicious activity. The free mobile application can be downloaded from the Apple Store and Google Play.