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Columns

  • How to help veterans in need

        Millions of men and women serve in the military and make the sacrifices that such service requires. Risking their lives to serve their countries, veterans sometimes endure mental and physical trauma, returning home to face uphill battles as they deal with their injuries.

  • Yager’s Annual Chili Supper and Silent Auction set for Nov. 16

        The 25th annual Chili Supper and Silent Auction sponsored by Sen. Ken Yager is set for Friday, Nov. 16 at Roane State Community College in the Student Lounge from 4:30-7:30 EST.Proceeds from the event will go to local non-profits serving intellectually and developmentally disabled citizens.
        Country music star Jimmy Fortune, who sang with the legendary Statler Brothers for 21 years before becoming a solo artist, will perform at the event.

  • From the editor's desk

        A rough patch in Morgan County history was put to rest Monday evening as Sheriff Wayne Potter and County Executive Brian Langley announced they had negotiated a settlement to end the three-year-old lawsuit filed by former Sheriff Glen Freytag against Morgan County under the direction of former County Executive Glen Don Edwards.
        Langley and Potter both used the phrase “a win-win for Morgan County” in describing the settlement, and I believe that as well.

  • Yager announces grants to improve school safety

        Recently Sen. Ken Yager announced more than $1 million in state grants for school districts he represents to improve school safety and security. These grants include $317,157.77 in Safe School grants, which are recurring funds and $762,850 in School Safety and Security grants, which are one-time funds. This year the General Assembly included $35 million in the 2018/2019 state budget for school safety, which Yager supported, following recommendations from Governor Haslam’s School Safety Working Group.

  • Take a step toward recovery

        What does recovery mean to you? Does it mean sore muscles after an intense workout? Does it mean a moment’s peace after you put the kids to bed? Does it mean finding something of value that you lost long ago?
        For Tennesseans living with mental health and substance abuse issues, recovery means that and so much more: it is the process through which people are able to live, learn, work, and fully participate in their communities.

  • Leaf peeping planning guide

        Millions of people each year look forward to the magnificent colors on display in autumn. Fall offers irreplaceable views, whether you’re atop a mountain ridge or thick in the folds of a forest. In addition, the crackle of leaves underfoot and the earthy smell of the soil tempts the senses even more.
        Some advance planning can help make fall foliage trips that much more enjoyable and awe-inspiring.

    Peak viewing times

  • Enjoy some scenic roads

        Road trips have been part of popular culture for decades. Featured prominently in movies and books such as “On the Road,” “Rain Man” and “Easy Rider,” road trips with friends or family tend to leave indelible marks.

  • From the editor's desk

        When Morgan County Sheriff Wayne Potter addressed County Commission Monday night, he informed the legislative body of problems within the Morgan County Jail, including faulty plumbing and door locks.
        Problems at the jail are nothing new and the coming weeks and months will be important in addressing issues that will affect Morgan County for years to come.
        Monday’s problems are minor compared to what the county is facing.

  • How to protect yourself from theft

        Anyone who has had their home broken into or been the victim of identity theft understands just how unsettling it can be to have their privacy invaded. To think that a stranger has rooted through your stuff may be even more upsetting than losing the stolen items.

  • From the editor's desk

        Some people are born for a reason. For Ella Smith that reason is helping others.
        For the past 11 years, Smith has help hundreds, if not thousands of families as Executive Director at Morgan-Scott Project in Deer Lodge. Friday, Aug. 31 was a bittersweet day for Smith, as she retired from her position within the non-profit organization.
        I got to know Ella over the past nine months and I can truly say she was made for the job.