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Columns

  • Meet the new editor

    I’m sure you’re wondering what’s happening with some of these new names on stories in the paper. Well, I’ll tell you about mine.

    My name is Joe King and I’m the new Editor for Morgan County News.

    I most recently came from the LaFollette Press, where I worked as a reporter. Prior to my time at the Press, I was the Editor of the Seymour Herald, and before that I worked as a freelancer for the Knoxville News-Sentinel and the Knoxville Journal.

  • SHARING THE PAST: Melhorn reunion is longtime tradition

    Thanks to everyone who has told me how much you enjoyed the Brushy Mountain articles. I really enjoyed doing them and knowing my readers shared the joy with me made them more special. To the caller who talked with another staff person here, I am sorry your information was not included in the article about the capture of James Earl Ray. I only used the information that was in the paper available and I used only the names in it. I am sorry yours was not listed in the paper back then.

  • The beginnings of Brushy Mountain

    I have recently received a lot of information about the beginning of Brushy Mountain Prison that I believe will be of interest to my readers. I will in the near future give credit to the gentleman who gave me the information. My article this week is from a booklet about Brushy that tells of how prison inmates in Tennessee were used as prison labor from 1831 until 1865.

  • Wartburg coach is football legend

    Writer’s note:

    The information for this week’s article was sent to me by Jon Robin Peters who grew up in Wartburg and attended Central High School. Jon went to school here in the early 50s and has kept up with a previous coach, Homer Rice, at Central High. This coach began his coaching career at Wartburg and retired at Georgia Tech.

  • SHARING THE PAST: Two MC families gather

    Summertime in Morgan County is always a time of recreation, reunions of classmates and families, Vacation Bible School, holidays, and celebration of the events of our great country. Morgan County is busy this year with these events, and one is that of the Scott family.

  • Sharing the Past: Schubert brothers left mark on Wartburg

    This week we have a wonderful old story from the past about twin boys who were natives of Morgan county and their accomplishments in business and community affairs.

    The Schubert name is well known and Ray and Roy left a legacy than continues today. The story is from their 40th anniversary of Wartburg Motor Firm back in 1967. The story is as follows:

    “On March 7, 1927, 40 years ago, two 25-year-old Wartburg boys began a business that has continued to this day as Schubert Motor Company.”

  • Honoring Morgan County’s veterans

    This week we have seen many ways people of our country have observed Memorial Day in honor of those who have served in the military. I have gathered names of Morgan Countians who lost their life in combat during World War l, World War ll, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and Dessert Storm. This list may not be complete and I assure you any mistake is not intentional.
    The least we can do is remember them, say a prayer for their families and thank God every day for their love of their country. The names are as follows:

    World War I
    Jesse Brannon

  • Sharing the Past

        Our veteran this week is the late Arvil Tilson who served as a Private First Class in World War ll from March 1944 until November 1945. Arvil was a son of Merley Erwin Tilson and Eva Mae Smith of Oakdale.
        He was married to Hester Sexton, of Scott County, and their children were Fay (Jones), Wanda (Emrhein), Paul, Ray, Don, Betty (Hobbs), and Lois (Sexton). All are living except Paul.

  • I hate Mother’s Day
  • Accidentally on purpose: How I became a journalist

    I became a reporter accidentally on purpose.

    To me, it seems accidental, but that’s because I thought I had other plans.

    Really. After a few summers of ER reruns when I was a kid, I was going to be a trauma physician, but then I realized I don’t have the tolerance for blood, guts and other bodily fluids. These days, I get my thrill from the couch with a blanket and my ER DVDs.