• Two of Morgan County’s biggest history buffs are now recognized for the work they’ve done to share important moments in Morgan County’s rich past.

    The Julia Ann Marcum Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the Union, 1861-1865, honored Jean Pollard and Julie Cromwell with the Civil War Remembrance Award for their work on the publication of Civil War Stories of Morgan County, Tennessee.

    “The book brought the Civil War history of Morgan County to life,” said Lynn Constan, Julia Ann Marcum chapter regent.


    Miss Marjorie Waddell taught school for 37 years. She taught elementary school at Potter’s Chapel, a one room school, and at Lancing, Deer Lodge and Sunbright. She taught high school at Sunbright and Wartburg.

    She no doubt was the most respected teacher in Morgan County. You could tell that she loved what she was doing because she always had a smile on her face.

  • Rhett Richardson lived just 99 days, but his memory lives on through others. Hundreds of those others gathered Saturday at Frozen Head State Park to participate in the Heart and Sole 5K, which is a fundraiser for Rhett’s Heart Foundation.

    Rhett was born last September with multiple heart defects. Those defects eventually took his life and now his family is hoping to help other families who are going through a similar battle.

  • Almost every weekend Matt Thomas’ smoker is filled with succulent meats, from brisket to wings.

    Those who know him are already recognizing him, whether that is providing meat for a festival or a wedding rehearsal, but he got props on a bigger stage when he recently finished fifth place in the overall Big Kahuna Tennessee State Championship and third place in the FIRE sauce category with his special hot barbecue sauce.

  • Morgan-Scott Project is known for helping the Deer Lodge and Morgan County community in a number of ways.

    Camping isn’t a way that many people think of, but Morgan-Scott Project recently hosted a week long day camp aimed at allowing kids grades K-8 to have a good time while learning about Jesus Christ.

    “It’s Camp in the Community,” Morgan-Scott Project Assistant Director Crystal Tompkins said. “It’s a faith based camp. It’s for kids.”

  • Morgan County hosted a pair of special visitors recently as Jorg Tissat and Frank Lucas visited Wartburg as part of a 52-day trip in which the duo have seen many landmarks across America.

    Along the way, Tissat and Lucas have visited large cities such as New York City and Los Angeles and they have also visited landmarks such as Mount Rushmore and Niagara Falls.

    So how did Wartburg fall into the list of must-see places for the duo?


    When World War II was coming to an end, Morgan County was able to float a bond and get enough money to build the new Central School. It would be built on the site of the old school. If you stood on Hwy. 27 in front of Schubert’s Motel and looked south you would be able to see the entire school building.

    Special to the News

    The Central School had been destroyed by fire on Jan. 19, 1940. The brick two-story building had been built in 1923; only 17 years before. It was supposed to house Wartburg students for at least 40 years.

  • By Rick Hooper

        BURRVILLE – Residents and county officials stressed the need to clean up Morgan County Thursday during a small dedication of the new Burrville Convenience Center.
    About 15 people turned out for the event to show their support for the new center and efforts to cut down on solid waste.

  •     EISENACH, GERMANY – The name, the design and the engineering were all from another era, which is why the last Wartburg rolled off the assembly line Wednesday, May 8, 1991.
        James R. Shield, a Morgan County News subscriber in Dayton, Ohio, has forwarded this Associated Press article about the car, not the town.

  • By Rick Hooper

        Johnson City – Coalfield’s Yellow Jackets are one win away from the TSSAA State Baseball Tournament.
        Jeff Coker tossed a one-hitter and struck out 11 to spark the Morgan County team to a 7-2 victory over University high Tuesday afternoon, May 21, 1991, giving the Jackets the Region 1-A title.
        Coalfield, 19-6, will host Charleston 22-4, in a sub-state game today (Thursday, May 23, 1991). The panthers defeated Greenback 2-1 Tuesday.

    Special to the News

    It was a cold wintry day on Jan. 18, 1940. The snow was really coming down, and the forecast for the rest of the week was not good. The temperature would drop below zero degrees.
    My dad and two older brothers were out in the weather getting enough wood and coal in for the warm morning stove to last all night. Three children would be getting up at 6 o’clock to go to Central School in Wartburg in the morning. There might be a 6 to 12 inch snow on the ground but they still had school.

  •     Work has begun on the Rugby Public Library and Community Center. Organized by a group of local citizens, the facility will serve residents of Morgan, Scott, and Fentress Counties. The new building is designed in a Victorian tradition (see drawing) and will hold 30,000 volumes and have approximately 1,000 sq. ft. for community meetings, film showings, and other events and programs. The project is sponsored by the Rugby Restoration Association.

  •     The Oakdale High School Eagles won four consecutive games in the District III high school baseball tournament last week to capture the championship.
        The Eagles easily gained a semi-final round position in the double-elimination that was held at Jellico. On Monday, May 16, 1977, the Eagles blasted Forge Ridge 12-1, in a game that was called after five innings since Oakdale led by more than ten runs.

  • Courthouse security part of package

  • Want to keep Newberry as teacher/coach

    By Judy Underwood
    Morgan County News Editor

        Sunbright teacher and coach Curtis Newberry was not granted tenure during Monday night’s School Board meeting which has prompted 107 students who attend the school to protest.
    They were clustered in the field leading into the school Tuesday morning. They displayed signs that read “no coach, no school” and several wore t-shirts that proclaim “save Coach Newberry.