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Hamblen County Schools were delayed two hours Tuesday due to winter weather across the area. Most Lakeway Area schools were closed.

Schools, roads affected by wintry mix

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 11:46 am

The wintry precipitation Monday night and Tuesday morning have made their impact on the area’s roads, and some counties had more work to do than others. Cocke and Grainger County roads have been reported clear. Although crews are still checking various “problem spots,” there have not been any issues. School is closed for the day in Hancock and Hawkins counties, as they were in Cocke Grainger, Claiborne and Jefferson counties,

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Hacker accused of violating terms of release

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 11:39 am

Accused Morristown serial computer hacker Timothy Justen “T.J.” French allegedly is testing the limits of a federal judge’s patience, according to court documents. French, who is in his early 20s, has been summoned to Chicago once again to explain why he allegedly violated the terms of his pretrial release. Randall Samborn, a public-information officer with the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago, declined to comment on French’s alleged misstep. Samborn confirmed

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  • Hamblen man faces child porn charges

    Posted on January 27, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Hamblen County resident Mitchell Alexander Gentry has grave legal problems for allegedly gravitating toward girls in the 8-to-13-year-old range, authorities say. Gentry, a 25-year-old man who worked for a Morristown fast-food restaurant, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Greeneville for receipt, possession – and most seriously – the distribution of child pornography. He allegedly possessed 46 child-porn videos and 2,537 pornographic images on his computer, according to Detective

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  • MPD prepping for Citizens’ Police Academy

    Posted on January 26, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Students of the Morristown Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy get training on Range Day during the academy’s 17th year.

    The Morristown Police Department is preparing for its 19thCitizens’ Police Academy Class. The class will begin May 5 and continue to June 9. Classes will be held at the Morristown Police Department on each Tuesday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Applications for the public are now available. Interested applicants may pick up an application at the Morristown Police Department, located on the first floor of the City Center or call

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Sports

Morristown East’s Mattie Bryant (5) shoots between three Daniel Boone defenders during Monday’s game at East High School. The Lady Hurricanes won 54-42.

Lady ‘Canes roll past Boone 54-42

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 10:45 am

Morristown East’s girls held Daniel Boone scoreless in the first quarter Monday night and were never really threatened in racking up a 54-42 victory at Isenberg-Siler Gymnasium. The Lady Blazers missed all seven of their shots from the floor and both of their free throws during the first eight minutes as the Lady ‘Canes rolled out to an 11-0 lead. East, which rebounded from a big loss to Jefferson County

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  • Trojans no match for Toppers

    Posted on January 27, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Morristown West’s Josh McDonald (20) puts up a contested shot against Science Hill during Monday’s game in Johnson City.

    JOHNSON CITY — The outcome was never in doubt as Science Hill was able to take a large lead and never looked back, defeating Morristown West 78-37 on Tuesday night. “They’re a good team and well coached. You come into their place and you expect them to shot it a little better, and they did that tonight,” Trojans coach Derek Creech said. “That is one of the top teams in

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  • No. 5 Lady Vols use defense to hold off No. 22 Georgia 59-51

    Posted on January 26, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Tennessee’s Bashaara Graves (12) shoots over Georgia defenders in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, in Knoxville

    KNOXVILLE — Traditionally, Tennessee fans stand until the Lady Vols make their first basket of each half. They were on their feet for more than 10 minutes of game time Sunday afternoon at Thompson-Boling Arena but in the end it was worth it. Coach Holly Warlick’s club overcame their shooting with great defense, rebounding and unbelievable free throw shooting for a 59-51 victory over the No. 22 Lady Bulldogs. The

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Lifestyles

Engagements

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 1:33 am

Metzger-Geertsema Tom and Thelma (Rachel) Metzger of Morristown, announce the engagement of their daughter, Anna Marie Metzger to Andre Geertsema, son of Arie and Gina Geertsema of Westminster, Colorado. The bride-elect graduated from Morristown West in 2009 and from Tennessee Tech with a bachelors of science in nursing in 2013. She is employed at Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colorado as a surgical nurse. The groom-elect graduated from Lexington Christian

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  • Anniversary

    Posted on January 17, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Livesay Clay and Stella (Wolfe) Livesay of Thorn Hill celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 at Cherokee Park in Morristown. The couple was married at Thorn Hill in 1940 where they raised their three daughters, Pat (Mills) of Waverly, Karen (Lynn) Ayers of Morristown and Sherri (Wade) Ransey of Thorn Hill. They have five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and countless nieces and nephews. They still reside in

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  • Engagement Announcements

    Posted on January 11, 2015 at 12:00 am

      Kuster-Hayes David Andrew Hayes of Morristown and Christina Marie Kuster, originally from Miami, Florida, announce their engagement and forthcoming wedding. The couple became engaged on Dec. 5, 2014. The bride-elect is the daughter of Mercedes Kuster, of Morristown. She is the granddaughter of Rudy and Elia Lopez, also of Morristown. She is studying to be a nurse. The groom-elect is the son of Reba Faye Collier of Morristown and

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Entertainment

Appalatin, a band that combines the sounds of Appalachia and Latin America, will make its regional debut as part of Walters State’s Mildred Haun Conference Feb. 6-7.

Conference to feature Appalachian music

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 11:41 am

In Appalachia, music has always brought families together, passed down history and provided communion with the sacred. Music plays a staring role at Walters State’s Mildred Haun Conference. In addition to the ETSU Old Time Pride Band and a closing jam session, the conference is proud to sponsor the local debut of Appalatin, a group that combines the very traditional sounds of Appalachian music with high-energy Latin music, on Feb.

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  • Dixie Stampede aims to improve set, atmosphere for 2015

    Posted on January 24, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    The mansion at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede set to come down as preparations begin for new-look show in 2015.

      The 28th season of Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede promises to be the most exciting and unique yet, as all-new sights and sounds will create an atmosphere unlike any other. “I want to dazzle our guests in 2015 with a completely new atmosphere,” said Dolly Parton. “My team is hard at work creating a new set, powerful new music, lots of amazing special effects and a few other surprises.” The

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  • Country Fourth: Thompson, ‘Voice’ winner to highlight county’s celebration

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Craig Wayne Boyd, winner of “The Voice,” will co-headline the Hamblen County Fourth of July Celebration.

    Planning for the annual Hamblen County Fourth of July Celebration has begun, and the entertainment has been announced. The evening will be filled with music from country performer Josh Thompson and winner of “The Voice,” Craig Wayne Boyd. The two headliners will be joined by Hancock County’s Morgan Wallen, a former contestant on “The Voice.” Thompson grew up in Wisconsin and became obsessed with music at the age of 21.

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