https://www.morgancountynews.net/todaysnews/rss.xml en MCGHS to open museum in Wartburg https://www.morgancountynews.net/content/mcghs-open-museum-wartburg <img src="https://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/museum.jpg" alt="The old Wartburg City Hall building will be home to a museum operated by the Morgan County Genealogical and Historical Society." title="The old Wartburg City Hall building will be home to a museum operated by the Morgan County Genealogical and Historical Society." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The old Wartburg City Hall building will not be vacant much longer. At Monday evening&rsquo;s meeting of City Council, the Morgan County Genealogical and Historical Society (MCGHS) agreed to purchase the facility for $51,000.</p> <p> As a nonprofit business, MCGHS would normally not have the funds to make such a purchase, but that all changed recently.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re very excited,&rdquo; MCGHS Treasurer Barbara Langley said. &ldquo;A private donor contacted us and offered to establish a museum for the genealogical society.&rdquo;</p> MCSO takes aim at rising inmate healthcare costs https://www.morgancountynews.net/content/mcso-takes-aim-rising-inmate-healthcare-costs <p> One of the biggest problems facing Morgan County over the past few years has been the ever-increasing cost of providing healthcare to inmates at Morgan County Jail.<br /> For fiscal year 2015-16, the cost to provide healthcare was approximately $152,000, in 2016-17 it jumped to $289,000, and in 2017-18 it increased again to $316,000.<br /> The final cost for fiscal year 2018-19, which ended on June 30, is $338,562.65.<br /> Fun on the Fourth https://www.morgancountynews.net/content/fun-fourth <img src="https://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/dl_1.jpg" alt="The 51st Annual Deer Lodge Fourth of July Celebration was held last Thursday. Chelsea King was in a festive spirit after having her face painted. " title="The 51st Annual Deer Lodge Fourth of July Celebration was held last Thursday. Chelsea King was in a festive spirit after having her face painted. " align="left" hspace="6" width="111" height="85" /> Pick up trash, win prizes https://www.morgancountynews.net/content/pick-trash-win-prizes <img src="https://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/litter_challenge.jpg" alt="Morgan County Litter Grant Coordinator Kristi Seay stands with a recycling area near Morgan County Courthouse. Seay is urging Morgan County residents to help keep area roadways clean during the Summertime Litter Challenge." title="Morgan County Litter Grant Coordinator Kristi Seay stands with a recycling area near Morgan County Courthouse. Seay is urging Morgan County residents to help keep area roadways clean during the Summertime Litter Challenge." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Morgan County Litter Grant Coordinator Kristi Seay is challenging Morgan County residents to pick up litter.</p> <p> During the month of July, Keep Morgan County Beautiful is sponsoring its second annual Summertime Litter Challenge and is asking Morgan County residents to pitch in and help.</p> Scarbrough receives ETHS Community History Award https://www.morgancountynews.net/content/scarbrough-receives-eths-community-history-award <img src="https://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/vera_0.jpg" alt="Morgan County Commissioner Vera Scarbrough, right, was recently presented with the Community History Award by Cheryl Henderson, Director of the East Tennessee Historical Society." title="Morgan County Commissioner Vera Scarbrough, right, was recently presented with the Community History Award by Cheryl Henderson, Director of the East Tennessee Historical Society." align="left" hspace="6" /> Yager honored by TSEA https://www.morgancountynews.net/content/yager-honored-tsea <img src="https://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/yager_3.jpg" alt="State Sen. Ken Yager, center, recently received a plaque from the Tennessee State Employees Association (TSEA) for his work in passing legislation that resulted in pay increases for many of the personnel working at Morgan County Correctional Complex (MCCX). Pictured with Yager are, from left, Jeff Landrum, Justan Spurling, TSEA District 8 Board of Directors, Mark Avery, Treasurer Katie Spurling, Steve Potter, TEAM PAC, Vickie Landrum, Morgan County Chapter President, MCCX Warden Mike Parris and Kasey Stout, Morgan County Chapter Vice President." title="State Sen. Ken Yager, center, recently received a plaque from the Tennessee State Employees Association (TSEA) for his work in passing legislation that resulted in pay increases for many of the personnel working at Morgan County Correctional Complex (MCCX). Pictured with Yager are, from left, Jeff Landrum, Justan Spurling, TSEA District 8 Board of Directors, Mark Avery, Treasurer Katie Spurling, Steve Potter, TEAM PAC, Vickie Landrum, Morgan County Chapter President, MCCX Warden Mike Parris and Kasey Stout, Morgan County Chapter Vice President." align="left" hspace="6" /> Prison pay increase to benefit Morgan County https://www.morgancountynews.net/content/prison-pay-increase-benefit-morgan-county <p> Tennessee&rsquo;s budget, which took effect on July 1, will have a substantial impact on Morgan County as a result of action taken by Sen. Ken Yager to raise the pay of the state&rsquo;s correctional officers.&nbsp;A higher starting salary will help fill vacant correctional officer positions and compression pay raises for the state&rsquo;s veteran correctional officers and counselors will better the standard of living.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Unemployment rate rises in Morgan County https://www.morgancountynews.net/content/unemployment-rate-rises-morgan-county-1 <p> Newly released unemployment data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) for May 2019 shows unemployment rates for nearly every county in the state are below 5 percent for the month.</p> <p> Ninety-one counties have unemployment rates lower than 5 percent and four counties have a rate of 5 percent or higher in May.</p> <p> While Tennessee continued to experience low unemployment in May, 90 of the state&rsquo;s counties did see a slight uptick in their rates, one county remained the same, and unemployment dropped in four counties.</p>