WECO News: Friday, Aug. 10th – Downed Tree Blocks Rome Road

By: WECO News Director Judy Byrge


A large tree limb blocked both lanes of Rome Road near Lancing for some time this morning. A dispatcher with Morgan County E-911, said the limb fell during a storm that moved through the area.

Dispatch was notified at about 3 a.m. and the Morgan County Highway Department had the tree cleared by about 4:30.

Yesterday, Morgan County Executive Don Edwards vetoed the budget adopted by 16 of 18 county commissioners on July 30.
Edwards shares his decision.

EDWARDS: “I felt like it was not in the best interest of the Morgan County taxpayer and therefore yesterday afternoon late, I filed my veto with the Morgan County Clerk.
Edwards goes on to explain how he arrived at the decision to veto the budget.
EDWARDS: The County Commission, the county commissioners basically had no discussion on my proposal to cut property tax rates. And there was also, very much I felt like, some inefficiencies in the budget itself.”

Now Morgan County Commissioners have 20 days to override Edwards’ veto. Chairman Susie Kries explains her next step.

KRIES: “I’m gonna have to give five days notice of a special called meeting to address the County Executive’s veto and I’m planning on Aug. 20 at 7 o’clock.”

Kries goes on to express how she feels about Edwards’ decision to veto the budget.
KRIES: “I just feel it’s a waste of taxpayers’ money. We spent months trying to balance the budget and we did a lot of cuts, which we hate to do, but it was necessary. And I feel like we’ve done the best we can do with it.”


Four and a half years ago a lawsuit was filed in Morgan County Chancery Court because a rock pile had been used to block Farley Davis Road in the Mill Creek Community.

That lawsuit was settled about two months ago when Quenton Henry agreed to remove the rock pile.

Chancellor Frank Williams, III ordered that the rocks be removed within 60 days. Today that work began.

Ella Smith, one of the children of Pleas McCartt who fought to have the rock pile removed, speaks on behalf of her family.

SMITH: “Total elation. This has been a long difficult struggle for my family. We are very, very thankful for the county commissioners, for their support in our endeavor. We are pleased that the court system ruled in our favor, and that we will have the access to our home place that we had been denied. It is a very, very happy moment for our family.”

WECO News was unable to reach Quenton Henry for comment.


Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) will be at Frozen Head State Park, 964 Flat Fork Road, Wartburg , TN at 10:00 a.m., tomorrow, Friday, August 10, 2012. He will attend a presentation on the Park with Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill.
He will also attend the new Community Health Clinic Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 12:00 p.m. EST at 130 Independence Road, LaFollette, TN.



The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has awarded sixteen law enforcement agencies across the state of Tennessee with state appropriated grant money to use exclusively for Crimestoppers programs at the local level.

TBI began taking applications in June after the 107th General Assembly appropriated a sum of $100,000 to be awarded to local governments to institute a Crimestoppers program or enhance an existing program. TBI was charged with administering the grant funds. All agencies who applied received $6250. Below is a list of the recipients.

Weakley County Crime Stoppers
Roane County Sheriff’s Office
Hendersonville Crime Stoppers Partnership
Greater Chattanooga Area Crimestoppers, Inc.
Citizens of Marshall County Crimestoppers
Crimestoppers of Nashville
Warren County Sheriff’s Department
Marion County Sheriff’s Department
Maury County Crimestoppers
Crimestoppers Springfield, Robertson County, Inc.
Hardin County Sheriff’s Office
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office
Town of Cornersville Police Department
Williamson County Sheriff’s Office
Jackson/Smith County Crimestoppers
Smithville Police Department

The grant funds stipulated that no more than 20% of the money awarded to applicants may be used for administrative costs, supplies, equipment or advertisement. Eighty-percent of the money awarded must go directly to rewards for the Crime Stoppers program. The $6250 each is receiving will be broken down into $1250 for supplies, advertising, equipment, administrative costs and $5000 for rewards.


roane-stateRoane State Community College campuses will offer extended business hours to help students get ready for the start of fall classes.

Extended hours will be offered on the following schedule (all times Eastern) at the Roane County and Oak Ridge campuses:

• Saturday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
• Monday, Aug. 20-Thursday, Aug. 23, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
• Monday, Aug. 27-Thursday, Aug. 30: 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

On Fridays, the Roane County and Oak Ridge campus will maintain usual business hours (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)

Roane State campuses in Campbell, Fentress, Loudon, and Morgan county will be open on Friday, Aug. 17, Aug. 24 and Aug. 31 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. local time in addition to their normal Monday through Thursday schedule.

The Cumberland and Scott campuses will operate on their normal Monday-Friday schedule. Fall classes begin Aug. 25.

For more information about Roane State, visit www.roanestate.edu or call 1-866-GO2-RSCC (1-866-462-7722).


Wartburg Police Department has its Families Against Crime night scheduled for this evening at Wartburg City Park but the event may be postponed because of the weather forecast. Tara Bales with WPD will make the announcement later today. But for now the event is still scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. this evening.


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