The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department made 16 arrests last night and early this morning. Officers performed a roundup for persons indicted by the Grand Jury. Of the 16 arrested, 13 were arrested for crimes related to drugs. We will have more details on this story a little later.
Brown said the only vehicle involved was a semi-truck, but that it was a severe accident.
The highway was blocked but has finally opened back up after nearly a 5 hour delay.
State Senator Ken Yager and Representative Ryan Haynes announced today a proposal for legislation that would disqualify elected or appointed officials from receiving judicial diversion. The legislation states that any elected official that earns a criminal offense would not be able to have the charge removed after probation. Currently those charged with a class A felony, a class B felony, a sexual offense, or a DUI are not eligible for judicial diversion under state law. Yager says that public officials should be held to a higher standard and that this bill would accomplish that.
Historic Rugby has announced a special Valentine’s Day Dinner on Saturday, February 11th. The menu will include a choice between 3 main entrees: Stuffed Chicken Breast with Cranberry Herb Stuffing; Char-Grilled Rib Eye Steak Served with Herb Roasted Potatoes; or Pan Seared Salmon Served with Wild Rice. The dinner will be served at the Harrow Road Café. Reservations are required. For more information, or to make a reservation call locally 628-2441 or toll free at 888-214-3400.
The Appalachia Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications for new homes in Scott and Morgan Counties. These are interest free loans paid from 15 to 30 years. There are requirements to be able to obtain one of these loans. For more information, call the habitat office at 423 627-2507 or Lisa Rutherford at 346-2507.
In Sports, the UT men’s basketball team was on the road last night taking on the Georgia Bulldogs. The Vols lead late, but it wasn’t enough as Georgia sent the game into overtime and got the win. UT was led in scoring by Trae Golden who totaled 16. The Vols next game will be this Saturday at 4pm when the Connecticut Huskies come to town.
In other sports news, the UT Lady Vol basketball team will be back on the court tonight, taking on rival LSU. Pregame coverage for that game can be heard on WECO-FM at 6:30. Tipoff is at 7.
Have you ever felt embarrassed because it looked like everyone’s eyes were staring at you? Check this out. In Switzerland a lone napping commuter train passenger caused disruptions to 176 trains. Shortly before 8 AM Tuesday, in the middle of rush hour, the sleepy passenger woke up and realized he had missed his stop and was alone in his train car. Panicked, the man pulled the emergency brake. As chance would have it, the sleepy passenger brought the train to a halt at a critical track junction where several different types of electric current cross, causing a short-circuit. As a result, three of the four major lines connecting three large cities were disrupted for about 7 hours. In total, 176 trains were affected.