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Today's News

  • Industries make Oak Ridge connection

    By JUDY BYRGE

    Morgan County News

        When it came time to recognize local industries and thank them for the role they play in Morgan County’s economic health, local leaders wanted to do more than just say thank you.

        “We haven’t been able to capitalize on being so close to Oak Ridge like we should. Hopefully that will begin to change after today,” Morgan County Executive Becky Ruppe said on Sept. 11th following what she hopes is just the first of many meetings.

  • Health care forum stirs emotions

    By JUDY BYRGE

    Morgan County News

        What to do about health care access in the United States can be a highly emotional topic.

        Sen. Bob Corker came to Wartburg last week to hold a town hall meeting on that very topic and he packed out the meeting room at the Morgan County Schools Central Office.

        “People are very concerned and the crowds have been huge,” Corker said during an interview following the meeting.

  • And the winner is ...

    By JUDY BYRGE

    Morgan County News

        Wartburg Police Department competed with 71 departments from across the state to win a 2010 fully equipped police cruiser.

        When it came down to the wire, it was the luck of the draw that allowed Officer Dwayne Bales to bring home the car for his department. But on the front end a lot of work went into the entry that put him in the position to win.

  • Tellico Plains defeats Jackets

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

        COALFIELD—Two turnovers for scores, a botched punt that led to a touchdown, and 10 penalties doomed Coalfield’s chances against Tellico Plains on Rochelle Field Friday night.

        The Bears (3-1) came to town and handed the Yellow Jackets a 33-12 loss in non-district action.  

  • Oakdale loses heart-breaker in six overtimes to King’s Academy 24-18

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

        SEYMOUR—Heartbreak hit Jeff Kidd’s team in a gut-wrenching 24-18 six-overtime loss at King’s Academy last Tuesday night in middle school football action.

        Oakdale, which went winless last season and is still searching for their first victory of the 2009 season, played their best game under Coach Kidd’s two-year stint.

  • 'Miss Anna Belle' dies at 86

    By JUDY BYRGE

    Morgan County News

        Former State Sen. Anna Belle Clement O’Brien died Monday at the age of 86.

        During her tenure in the Tennessee General Assembly, she represented the people of Morgan County.

        “On this overcast and gloomy day, our heart is saddened at the passing of such a dear friend but we are also cheered by the exemplary and full life she lived,” said former Sen. Tommy Kilby who came to know O’Brien as a teenager and later followed in her footsteps.

  • Seiber stampedes Sunbright

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

        SUNBRIGHT—Coalfield sophomore Allen Seiber had a career-night in the biggest game of the season at Sunbright Friday night.

        He rushed for a career-high 226 yards and a touchdown, intercepted a pass on defense to set up another score to lead the Yellow Jackets (1-1, 1-0 in District 4-A) to a 33-12 road win over the Tigers in a huge district battle in Rumble ‘09.

  • Indians beat ‘Dogs 29-6 in district battle

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

        ONEIDA—Turnovers spoiled Wartburg’s season-opener at Monterey, and it haunted them at Oneida Friday night in a 29-6 loss to the Indians.

        Wartburg (0-3, 0-1 in District 4-A) lost four fumbles, which led to a couple of touchdowns in the road loss at Oneida. The Bulldogs have turned the ball over 11 times in two road games this season.

  • HTC hopes to extend DSL to Coalfield

    By JUDY BYRGE

    Morgan County News

        Morgan County’s eCommunity Team is continuing its effort to pinpoint areas in Morgan County that still need access to high speed internet service. It is part of Gov. Phil Bredesen’s Connect Tennessee initiative.

  • Home burglarized during funeral

    By JUDY BYRGE

    Morgan County News

    Tommy Crabtree and his family left their home on Wednesday, Aug. 19 to do one of the most difficult things a family ever faces, bury a wife and mother.

    They left at about 9 a.m. and traveled to Kyker Funeral Home in Roane County for an 11 a.m. service and burial in the Crab Orchard Baptist Church Cemetery. They got back home at about 12:30 and it was then that they discovered the home had been burglarized while they were gone.