The Morgan County Highway Department maintains over 600 miles of road within the 522 sq. miles that is Morgan County. The department has 13 full time employees and 4 seasonal employees, during mowing season. We use over 140 pieces of equipment to maintain a combination of asphalt, tar & chip, and gravel roads in an effort to keep the roads safe and in good repair for all drivers. We also maintain almost 90 bridges that are state inspected every two years and almost one and a half times that many that do not meet the criteria for inspection.
Morgan County Highway Superintendent Joe Henry Miller is a native of Morgan County. He grew up in the Deer Lodge community and graduated high school at Sunbright in 1981. Although Joe has worked many different jobs in several states he landed in Crossville for a while. He worked at the City of Crossville for 18 ½ years and served as the Street Department Superintendent for 12.
He moved back home to Deer Lodge and was elected as Highway Superintendent in 2014. He is married to Patricia Stephens Miller from Jamestown. Joe is an active member to the Tennessee Highway Officers Association. He has also received the counties first Success Story Reward from Tennessee County Service’s Association for their Bridge Maintenance Program.
Duties of Morgan County Highway Department include but are not limited to:
- Surface repair of all county roads
- Cleaning ditch lines
- Maintains cross drains
- Installing driveway culverts
- Bridge Maintenance
- Installation of road signs
- Removal of trees in or near county roadways
- Pathing pot holes
- Road striping
- Shoulder mowing
- Guardrail maintenance
- Removes storm debris from roads and right of ways
This is just to list a few of the work duties that we do here at the Morgan County Highway Department. We also coordinate with all other department and entities within the county on different needs and projects.