https://www.morgancountynews.net/todaysnews/rss.xml en FEMA tours flood damage https://www.morgancountynews.net/content/fema-tours-flood-damage <img src="https://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/fema_1.jpg" alt="Representatives from FEMA, TEMA, Morgan County EMA and the city of Sunbright examine flood damage during FEMA tour of Morgan County last week." title="Representatives from FEMA, TEMA, Morgan County EMA and the city of Sunbright examine flood damage during FEMA tour of Morgan County last week." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) were in Morgan County last Wednesday to assess the damage following last month&rsquo;s flooding.</p> <p> Morgan County Emergency Management Agency Director Jody Zorsch accompanied the FEMA team to two sites in Sunbright, two in Oakdale and two in other parts of the county.</p> <p> &ldquo;I think everything went well,&rdquo; Zorsch said. &ldquo;They wanted to see the two worse sites for each area. They didn&rsquo;t look at all our damage.&rdquo;</p> Fleischmann visits Morgan County https://www.morgancountynews.net/content/fleischmann-visits-morgan-county-1 <img src="https://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/fleischmann_0.jpg" alt="United States Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, left, and Morgan County Executive Brian Langley discussed a number of topics during the congressman’s visit on Monday." title="United States Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, left, and Morgan County Executive Brian Langley discussed a number of topics during the congressman’s visit on Monday." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> United States Rep. Chuck Fleischmann met with Morgan County Executive Brian Langley for more than an hour Monday morning.</p> <p> The pair discussed several issues of importance to Morgan County including the county&rsquo;s general needs, last month&rsquo;s floods and if there is any way the federal government can help Morgan County with funding for a new jail.</p> School Board begins work on budget https://www.morgancountynews.net/content/school-board-begins-work-budget <p> The Morgan County Board of Education along with Director of Schools Ronnie Wilson have started looking at the 2019-20 fiscal budget, but they admit they cannot get a lot done at this time because the state has yet to release the funding amount the school system will receive.</p> TVA donates to Sunbright Veterans Memorial https://www.morgancountynews.net/content/tva-donates-sunbright-veterans-memorial <img src="https://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_vets.jpg" alt="TVA Right of Way Manager Michael Nance, third from right, presents a check for $1,860 to the Sunbright Beautification Board. The money will be used to purchase benches, which will be placed at the city’s Veterans Memorial. Pictured with Nance are, from left, Morgan County Circuit Court Clerk Marla Hines, Sunbright Beautification Board members Johnny Shannon and Charles Webb, Morgan County Executive Brian Langley and Sunbright Mayor Karen Melton." title="TVA Right of Way Manager Michael Nance, third from right, presents a check for $1,860 to the Sunbright Beautification Board. The money will be used to purchase benches, which will be placed at the city’s Veterans Memorial. Pictured with Nance are, from left, Morgan County Circuit Court Clerk Marla Hines, Sunbright Beautification Board members Johnny Shannon and Charles Webb, Morgan County Executive Brian Langley and Sunbright Mayor Karen Melton." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Sunbright&rsquo;s Veterans Memorial is one step closer to completion as on Friday TVA Right of Way Manager Michael Nance presented the Sunbright Beautification Board with a check for $1,860 that will be used to purchase a pair of benches, which will be place at the Memorial site.</p> <p> &ldquo;TVA tries to give back to all the local communities and this is one of the many ways we do that,&rdquo; Nance said.<br /> Nance, however, has a personal connection to the project as he is a Morgan County resident who served in the military.</p> Petros hosts museum fundraiser https://www.morgancountynews.net/content/petros-hosts-museum-fundraiser <img src="https://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/petros_museum.jpg" alt="Phyllis White, right, fills a bowl with pinto beans at Saturday’s fundraising dinner at the Petros Senior Citizens Center." title="Phyllis White, right, fills a bowl with pinto beans at Saturday’s fundraising dinner at the Petros Senior Citizens Center." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Petros is a town with a rich history, but lifelong resident Phyllis White is afraid much of that history will be gone if the community doesn&rsquo;t act.</p> <p> White is now spearheading an effort to preserve the town&rsquo;s history by hopefully raising enough money to open a museum near the Petros Senior Citizens Center.</p> <p> &ldquo;We are hoping to have a small Petros museum,&rdquo; White said. &ldquo;We have so much history, but we&rsquo;re getting old and dying out. If someone doesn&rsquo;t do something then all that history will be gone.&rdquo;</p> Unemployment up in Morgan County https://www.morgancountynews.net/content/unemployment-morgan-county <p> Statistics released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) show 67 of the state&rsquo;s 95 counties continued to experience unemployment rates below 5 percent during the first month of 2019.</p> <p> Morgan County is among the 67 with unemployment under 5 percent. Morgan County&rsquo;s unemployment rate for January was 4.7 percent.</p> <p> Morgan County&rsquo;s unemployment rate jumped almost 1 percent from December&rsquo;s rate of 3.8 percent, but is still below the January 2018 rate of 5.5 percent.</p> Brushy owners honored by Senate https://www.morgancountynews.net/content/brushy-owners-honored-senate <img src="https://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/brushy_5.jpg" alt="Morgan County Tourism Alliance Chairman Mark Keck, right, presents Brushy Mountain Group owners Brian May, left, and Pete Waddington with a framed copy of a Resolution passed by the Tennessee Senate to honor and commend May and Waddington for their preservation of Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary. State Sen. Ken Yager proposed the resolution, which was signed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee." title="Morgan County Tourism Alliance Chairman Mark Keck, right, presents Brushy Mountain Group owners Brian May, left, and Pete Waddington with a framed copy of a Resolution passed by the Tennessee Senate to honor and commend May and Waddington for their preservation of Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary. State Sen. Ken Yager proposed the resolution, which was signed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee." align="left" hspace="6" /> MCTA honored by Commission https://www.morgancountynews.net/content/mcta-honored-commission <img src="https://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/mcta_0.jpg" alt="Members of the Morgan County Tourism Alliance (MCTA) were recognized at last week’s Morgan County Commission meeting. MCTA recently brought home three Middle East Tennessee Tourism Council Excellence in Tourism awards." title="Members of the Morgan County Tourism Alliance (MCTA) were recognized at last week’s Morgan County Commission meeting. MCTA recently brought home three Middle East Tennessee Tourism Council Excellence in Tourism awards." align="left" hspace="6" />