https://www.morgancountynews.net/todaysnews/rss.xml en More expansions at Heraeus https://www.morgancountynews.net/content/more-expansions-heraeus <img src="https://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/heraeus.jpg" alt="Heraeus Precious Metals recently completed a multi-million dollar expansion at its Wartburg facility, but plans are already in the works for future expansions that will get underway this year." title="Heraeus Precious Metals recently completed a multi-million dollar expansion at its Wartburg facility, but plans are already in the works for future expansions that will get underway this year." align="left" hspace="6" width="185" height="85" /><p> It&rsquo;s been less than two months since Heraeus in Wartburg completed a multi-million dollar expansion that made the Morgan County facility the company&rsquo;s center for operations in the eastern portion of the United States.</p> <p> While that expansion made headlines, Heraeus Vice President and Plant Manager Norbert Ritschel says the expansion that was completed in May is only the tip of the iceberg for future growth at the Wartburg facility.</p> Early voting underway https://www.morgancountynews.net/content/early-voting-underway <img src="https://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/vote_2.jpg" alt="Voters make their choices Friday at Morgan County Courthouse." title="Voters make their choices Friday at Morgan County Courthouse." align="left" hspace="6" width="126" height="85" /><p> Early voting for the Aug. 2 election kicked off Friday at Morgan County Courthouse and the numbers are almost identical to the same election in 2014.</p> WECO Outdoor Show starts Friday https://www.morgancountynews.net/content/weco-outdoor-show-starts-friday <img src="https://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/outdoor_2.jpg" alt="The lawn mower demo derby is expected to draw a large crowd at this weekend’s WECO Outdoor Show in Wartburg." title="The lawn mower demo derby is expected to draw a large crowd at this weekend’s WECO Outdoor Show in Wartburg." align="left" hspace="6" width="107" height="85" /><p> Thirty years ago WECO General Manager Ed Knight was trying to come up with a way to raise revenue during the months between basketball and football season.</p> <p> What he came up with was the WECO Outdoor Show at the Morgan County Courthouse and the idea was a hit as the annual event has turned into one of Morgan County&rsquo;s biggest festivals.</p> Morgan County receives TDOT litter grant https://www.morgancountynews.net/content/morgan-county-receives-tdot-litter-grant <img src="https://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/litter_1.jpg" alt="From left, Morgan County Litter Pick Up Road Supervisor John Bonham, Morgan County Litter Grant Coordinator Kristi Seay, Morgan County Executive Don Edwards and Morgan County Recycling Director Benny Stewart show off one of the county’s new signs." title="From left, Morgan County Litter Pick Up Road Supervisor John Bonham, Morgan County Litter Grant Coordinator Kristi Seay, Morgan County Executive Don Edwards and Morgan County Recycling Director Benny Stewart show off one of the county’s new signs." align="left" hspace="6" width="110" height="85" /><p> Morgan County received good news recently as it has again received a litter grant through the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m extremely happy because we just got approved for the 2018-19 year and it&rsquo;s a $44,200 grant through TDOT,&rdquo; Morgan County Litter Grant Coordinator Kristi Seay said. &ldquo;The money goes for educational needs to bring public awareness to the problem and it helps purchase the items we need to clean up the litter.&rdquo;</p> Morgan County 4-H celebrates Tennessee Beef Month https://www.morgancountynews.net/content/morgan-county-4-h-celebrates-tennessee-beef-month <img src="https://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/4h_1.jpg" alt="Morgan County 4-H members and sponsors cook hamburgers at Darnell IGA on Friday." title="Morgan County 4-H members and sponsors cook hamburgers at Darnell IGA on Friday." align="left" hspace="6" width="235" height="85" /><p> July is Beef Month in Tennessee and members of the Morgan County 4-H Honors Club celebrated by giving out free hamburgers at Darnell IGA in Wartburg on Friday.</p> <p> &ldquo;July is beef month and the Morgan County 4-H Club is out here today to encourage consumers to purchase and prepare more beef this summer,&rdquo; 4-H member Gabriel Branstetter said.</p> <p> The event went better than expected according to Branstetter.</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m pretty pleased,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;There are a lot more people than I expected. The burgers went fast.&rdquo;</p> One dead following accident https://www.morgancountynews.net/content/one-dead-following-accident <p> A Morgan County man died following a one-vehicle accident just south of Wartburg Sunday morning.<br /> According to a report filed by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at approximately 8 a.m. and took the life of Jacob D. Armes, 27, of Wartburg.<br /> Kries running for Fourth District Commissioner https://www.morgancountynews.net/content/kries-running-fourth-district-commissioner <img src="https://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/kries_color.jpg" alt="Susie Kries, center, with her granddaughters Ava and Karley Hunt." title="Susie Kries, center, with her granddaughters Ava and Karley Hunt." align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> Fellow Voters,<br /> <br /> I am a life long resident of Morgan County. I am a wife, mother and grandmother, and taxpayer.</p> <p> I am running for Morgan County Commission from the Fourth District and I would appreciate your vote.</p> <p> I am chairman of the Deer Lodge Historical Society, a member of St. Paul&rsquo;s Lutheran Church, a Morgan County genealogist, a member of the Morgan County Genealogical and Historical Society, and member of the Archives.</p> Morgan County kids participate in Show Camp https://www.morgancountynews.net/content/morgan-county-kids-participate-show-camp <img src="https://www.morgancountynews.net/sites/www.morgancountynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/comm_dance_camp_color_pic.jpg" alt="Front row from left: Owen Harris, Zoe Harris, Jenna Goss, Edye-Ann Williams, Xavier Giles, Jonas Goss. Second row from left: Gracy Lasig, Kaylee Gosnell, Bryleigh Stafford, Mavry Sutton, Ella Monroe, Elsie Knox. Back row from left: Victoria and Olivia Hamby (Camp Counselors)." title="Front row from left: Owen Harris, Zoe Harris, Jenna Goss, Edye-Ann Williams, Xavier Giles, Jonas Goss. Second row from left: Gracy Lasig, Kaylee Gosnell, Bryleigh Stafford, Mavry Sutton, Ella Monroe, Elsie Knox. Back row from left: Victoria and Olivia Hamby (Camp Counselors)." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Show Camp is a children&rsquo;s summer day camp run by Sound Company directors. Participants range in age from children who will be entering kindergarten to those who have just graduated from high school.<br />