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Breaking ground for MALAR Contract Lighting’s new manufacturing facility in the East Tennesee Progress Center in Morristown are from left, State Rep. Tillman Goins, Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Marshall Ramsey, Morristown Industrial Development Board Chairman R. Jack Fishman, State Sen. Steve Southerland, TNECD Commissioner Randy Boyd, Mark Sawyer and Brandon Sawyer of MALAR, Manley Baptist Church Lead Pastor Tony Buchanan and Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain.

Family-owned MALAR Contract Lighting breaks ground

Posted on March 28, 2015 at 11:48 pm

Despite a muddy ground-breaking on Friday morning at the future sight of MALAR Contract Lighting, Tennessee Economic Development Commissioner Randy Boyd was all smiles upon discovering a personal connection to company founder, Mark Sawyer. Boyd, the founder of Radio Systems Corporation in Knoxville (1991), worked for his father as a young man in the family’s electric fencing business. “My dad started his business out of the back of his car;

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Tennessee Economic Development Commissioner Randy Boyd converses with Michael Gray, manager of Assembled Camshafts for MAHLE Engine Components USA Inc., during Friday’s tour of the new line at the company’s Morristown facility.

Commissioner Boyd tours MAHLE expansion; Colortech new facility

Posted on March 28, 2015 at 11:46 pm

Two months into his tenure as commissioner of Tennessee Economic and Community Development, self-described small businessman Randy Boyd visited Hamblen County on March 27 to celebrate entrepreneurship and industrial investment on a large scale. The company he founded in Knoxville, Radio Systems, reported sales of $350 million according to his state bibliography, yet Boyd projected a down-to-earth attitude and boyish excitement during the four-leg tour that began in the cold

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  • Hawkins Schools to host disability education workshop

    Posted on March 28, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    Support and Training for Exceptional Parents Incorporated, or S.T.E.P., is helping parents learn about their children’s educational needs and rights provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act through a free “Instructionally Appropriate IEP Workshop,” sponsored by the Hawkins County Board of Education. The workshop will give parents guidance on how to prepare to become an effective participant in the Individualized Education Program meetings and learn the technical details of

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  • Pacia, Terry going to Nationals

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Danielle Pacia and Sydney Terry are headed to the national competition after great success at Brentwood Academy in Nashville.

    Suzanne Terry and the Morristown West High speech and debate team are gearing up for a trip to Dallas, Texas June 13 through 20 for a national competition. Two students will be competing throughout that week and a group of students will attend to observe and provide support. Danielle Pacia and Sydney Terry, daughter of coach Suzanne, earned the privilege of competing after their great success at a competition at

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East, West split baseball games in SMI tourney

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 10:34 am

PIGEON FORGE — The Morristown East and Morristown West baseball teams split a pair of games over the weekend in the Smoky Mountain Invitational tournament. East lost 10-3 against Class AA powerhouse Pigeon Forge before holding off a late rally to defeat Marshall County 12-11 in their final game of the tournament. West knocked off one of the hosts, Gatlinburg-Pittman, 9-3 on Friday evening for their second win in the

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  • C-N sand volleyball wraps up play in Charleston

    Posted on March 30, 2015 at 10:33 am

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — In a rematch of the season opener, the Carson-Newman Eagles fell to the 20th ranked Tulane Green Wave 5-0 to wrap up play in the CofC Sand Classic Sunday morning. “Charleston was a great weekend for us,” Carson-Newman coach Dan Ahiers said. “The girls bonded a lot and had a bunch of fun. How can they have a bad time playing beach volleyball? Their toes are in

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  • Pitching helps Eagles grab two against Lenoir-Rhyne

    Posted on March 28, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Carson-Newman’s Jamie Miller tosses a pitch against Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday.

    JEFFERSON CITY—Between games of the doubleheader, Carson-Newman fans were talking about a strong pitching performance that carried the Eagles to a 5-3 comeback victory over Lenoir-Rhyne in the opener at the Silver Diamond Baseball Complex. But as the saying goes, they hadn’t seen anything yet as game two starter Jamie Miller followed with a complete-game, three-hit shutout, as the Eagles completed the sweep with a 9-0 rout. Vince Apicella had

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    Posted on February 20, 2015 at 2:55 pm


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Birth Announcements

Posted on March 28, 2015 at 5:40 pm

Kimberly Hinton and Nick Dalton of Morristown announce the birth of a son, Kaden Shaun Dalton, born March 3, 2015 at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System. He weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz. He is the brother of Desiree Dalton and Emma Dalton. He is the grandson of John and Teena Willis and Donald and Shirley Hinton. Michelle Gorrell and Jeff Wilkes of Newport announce the birth of a daughter, Skylar Rayann Wilkes,

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  • Parks and Rec plans an Easter to Remember

    Posted on March 21, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    It’s an Easter 

    Spring is in full swing and that means it’s time for Easter fun with the city of Morristown Parks and Recreation Department. First, the Parks and Rec will offer Pictures with the Easter Bunny on March 23 and 24 at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Morristown. The Easter Bunny is taking time out of his busy schedule for pictures in the park from 4 to 7 p.m. Each group

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  • Skill on display at inaugural East High Talent Show

    Posted on March 21, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Kipling Evans and Emma Andrews received first place in the inaugural East High Talent Show for their rendition of “Halo” by Beyonce.

      Just two weeks after orchestrating the magnificent “Musical Revue,” a joint undertaking by the advanced choirs of Morristown East and West High, Choir Director Brandon Moore pushed the envelope with an endeavor not seen at the home of the Hurricanes for decades long past: an inaugural Talent Show. After wearisome delays in the auditioning process thanks to the recent “snowpocalypse,” the eager young talents of East High were itching

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Country Tonite announces celebrity concert series

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 10:25 am

Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge has announced its celebrity concert series for 2015. The series kicks off on Saturday, May 23 with The Oak Ridge Boys appearing for shows at 3 and 8 p.m. Tickets for the show are $39.95 plus tax. The lineup continues with: • Chubby Checker on Friday, June 12. • Shenandoah featuring Marty Raybon on Friday, July 3. • Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan on

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  • Rose Center to host Parisian Night

    Posted on March 28, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    The bohemian flair of the streets of Paris is coming to Morristown for a one night only event. On Thursday, April 2, the Artist Advisory Council of the Rose Center is hosting Merlot and Matisse, a cocktail party fundraiser to support the Rose Center’s programs as well as the preservation of the historic building, and the public is invited. “This will be a fun and unique evening,” said Peggy Brewer,

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  • ETC, WSCC to host auditions for ‘Lion King Jr.’

    Posted on March 28, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Encore Theatrical Company and Walters State Community College are partnering to produce the Young Stars Series production of “The Lion King, Jr.” The Young Stars Series is designed to give students up through high school the opportunity to be a part of a full-staged theatrical production. Disney’s “The Lion King” has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world and now for the first time, Encore and Walters State will

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