Today's News


    In God We Trust is the official motto of the United States of America, and now that motto is being displayed prominently in schools across Morgan County thanks to some hard work from students at Morgan County Career and Technical Center (MCCTC).

    “The state legislature passed a law last year that said each school should have an In God We Trust sign posted prominently,” MCCTC Principal Dr. Dan Shoemaker said. “They left it up to the schools and the districts to figure out how to do this.

  • Cleaning the courthouse

    It’s not quite an extreme makeover, but Morgan County Executive Brian Langley is doing his best to spruce up the Morgan County Courthouse in Wartburg.

    “You want to first of all be proud of where you’re at and we’re proud to be from Morgan County,” Langley said. “When people come into Morgan County Courthouse, I think they want it looking good and we’re trying to do that.”

  • Heroin seized in drug raid

    Heroin, oxycodone and marijuana were recovered Friday night after the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) executed a search warrant at 232 Nashville Avenue in Deer Lodge.

    According to a MCSO report, Brent Andrew Morgan, 39, of Deer Lodge, and Amy Jean Kennedy, 37, of Deer Lodge were arrested and face several charges related to the incident.

    According to the report, Morgan admitted to flushing five grams of heroin and 20 MG oxycodone pills down a toilet when officers started to try to make entry into the home.

  • Two injured in Highway 62 crash

    Two people were injured last Tuesday evening following an accident involving three vehicles on Highway 62 between Coalfield and Oliver Springs.

    According to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a 2007 Toyota Camry driven by 23-year-old Jazmin Gonzalez was traveling west on Knoxville Highway and crossed into the patch of a 2016 Ford Transit driven by 25-year-old Shannon Owens.

    Both vehicles crashed head on then Owens’ vehicle left the road and rolled down an embankment where it came on an uncontrolled rest.

  • Yager appointed to key Senate committees

    Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Ken Yager (R-Kingston) has been appointed to several key committees in the Senate, including the powerful Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee. The announcement was made by Lt. Governor Randy McNally as the legislature wrapped up the first week of the 2019 session.

  • Unemployment drops in Morgan County

    Each of Tennessee’s 95 counties experienced lower unemployment in November 2018 according to newly released data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).

    Ninety-one counties had an unemployment rate of five percent or lower during the month and only four counties had a rate higher than five percent.

    Morgan County’s unemployment rate took a big drop in November to 4.0 percent. The rate is down from 4.7 percent in October. Morgan County’s unemployment rate in November 2017 was 3.9 percent.

  • MCCX implements new program

    The Morgan County Correctional Complex launched a new and innovative pilot program for restrictive housing in December called Extended Restrictive Housing Step Down Program.

    Tennessee Department of Correction officials recently spent some time observing the program, speaking with both the staff who run the program and the offenders currently in it; everyone involved seemed to approve of the program and how it’s currently operating.

  • Frozen Head receives new recycling bins

    Visitors to Tennessee State Parks are now able to use interior recycling bins at all 56 of the state parks in the second phase of improvements to the parks’ recycling program.

    Frozen Head State Park in Morgan County recently received its new bins.

  • McCord to serve as Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner

    Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Lee has announced Dr. Jeff McCord will be the next Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Dr. McCord is from Sullivan County and currently serves as the Vice President for Economic and Workforce Development at Northeast State Community College.

    McCord leads Workforce Solutions, a workforce development program that includes the development of registered apprenticeship programs, as well as the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM), a technical career academy.

  • State releases 2019 Vacation Guide

    The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development unveiled its official 2019 Tennessee Vacation Guide today. Designed to inspire travel, the magazine-style guide features 194 pages of Tennessee’s music, scenic beauty, creative spirit, culinary excellence and history and is distributed to nearly 500,000 visitors annually.