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Six new county commissioners joined the Hamblen County Commission during Thursday evening’s swearing-in ceremony. From left to right are Randy DeBord, District 8; Taylor Ward, District 3; Hubert Davis, District 12; John Smyth, District 4; Johnny Walker, District 9 and Joe Huntsman, District 1. Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Thomas R. “Skip” Frierson II (far right) swore the county commissioners into their offices.

County officials sworn in

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Thursday evening, Hamblen County officials who were elected in the August General Election were sworn into their respective offices, including six new county commissioners. “The occasion marks a new season of dedication, celebration and appreciation,” said Judge Thomas R. “Skip” Frierson II, a Morristown native who was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to the Tennessee Court of Appeals and was himself re-elected in August. “It was years ago that Henry

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Interim tag removed: Purkey named TEMA director

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 12:30 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of David W. Purkey as a deputy commissioner of the Military Department where he will direct the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). Purkey has served as interim director of TEMA since the April retirement of Jim Bassham. He will also continue to serve as the governor’s Homeland Security advisor and assistant commissioner for the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

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  • Former Hawkins deputy charged with statutory rape

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    A former Hawkins County deputy sheriff who allegedly had sex with an underage boy was taken into custody in Church Hill Thursday afternoon, authorities say. Paul Thomas Morrison III, 22, Blair Gap Road, Kingsport, was named in a sealed indictment returned Monday by a Hawkins County grand jury, according to District Attorney General Dan Armstrong. Morrison, who reportedly has been married for approximately one year, is scheduled to make his

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  • Crossroads Downtown Partnership talks parking

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Parking availability was one of the issues discussed at a recent Crossroads Downtown Partnership meeting.

    A busy Main Street in Morristown is a successful street. And consistently filled parking spaces are good problems to have, the board of directors of the Crossroads Downtown Partnership decided during its August meeting. The challenge for the group of business owners and community supporters, however, is to ensure that downtown shoppers and service recipients have access to the best spots. Members voted to begin a new CDP effort to

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Sports

GMorristown West’s Preston Long looks for room to run on a punt return against Greeneville during Friday’s game at Burley Stadium. Long scored a touchdown on a punt return in a 21-14 win.

Trojans topple Devils

Posted on August 30, 2014 at 10:24 pm

GREENEVILLE — There’s something about Burley Stadium that brings out the best in the Morristown West football team. The Trojans rolled into Greeneville Friday night and walked away with a 21-14 victory over the Class 4A powerhouse Greene Devils, handing the home team just their second loss at home in their last 35 home games. The other loss was a 31-28 defeat in 2012 against West. With the win, the

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  • Lady Canes sweep Cherokee 3-0

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Morristown East’s Tia Dailey, left, delivers a kill against Cherokee during Thursday’s IMAC volleyball match at Cherokee High School in Rogersville.

    ROGERSVILLE — Morristown East racked up a 3-0 victory over host Cherokee Thursday night to even its Inter Mountain Conference volleyball slate at 2-2. It was the eighth victory over for coach Holly Drinnon’s Lady Hurricanes. East won the opener 25-16 and then came from behind for a 25-20 win in game two. It was all Lady ‘Canes in the finale, as they won it 25-6. Drinnon commented, “We made

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  • Lady Trojans fall to Science Hill

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Morristown West’s Sydney Newsome (8) has a shot saved by Science Hill keeper Lee Ann Cutshall during Thursday’s match at Burke-Toney Stadium.

    Morristown West battled back to tie the match in the first half, but the numbers were against them down the stretch. The Lady Trojans’ injuries piled up and Science Hill escaped Burke-Toney Stadium with a 2-1 victory Thursday night. “You never like to lose, but it’s at least good to lose when it doesn’t count,” Morristown West coach Jennifer Murphy said. “We’re down right now. We were dropping like flies

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Lifestyles

Engagement Announcements

Posted on August 30, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Johnson-Venturella The families of the bride and groom-elect announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of Kelsey Elyse Johnson and David Reed Venturella. The bride-elect is the daughter of Vince and Deborah Johnson of Morristown and the granddaughter of the late James Wayne and Clara Jane Humphreys of Greeneville and Muriel June and the late Clyde Wayne Johnson of Sneedville. Kelsey is a 2009 graduate of Morristown-Hamblen High School West and

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  • Fall Fashion Show to benefit ALPS

    Posted on August 24, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Fashion Show

    It’s couture time in East Tennessee. Sure, there’s that fall game with the oddly shaped ball, but fashion is as important in the stands as knowing all the words to the school fight song. Kelley Marie Chic Boutique has suited up local models to assist Lakeway Area fashionistas to find just the right look from activities at Neyland Stadium to the office or a neighborhood gathering at the backyard fire

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  • Engagement Announcements

    Posted on August 23, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Bates – Chambers Ashley Bates and Heath Chambers announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. The bride elect is the daughter of Cynthia Hass Brady of Newport and Chip Bates of Johnson City. She is a literacy tutor for Save the Children at Northwest Elementary The groom elect is the son of Terri and Bobby Sawyer of Newport and Ed and Carole Chambers of Maryville. The wedding ceremony is planned for

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Entertainment

WSCC to host audtions for “All in the Timing”

Posted on August 30, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Walters State Community College’s Department of Music and Theatre will present “All in the Timing” as its fall production. Auditions will be held Sept. 8 and 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the theatre of the Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex. Roles are available for men and women over 18 years of age. Audition scenes will be provided; nothing needs to be prepared. Auditions are open to the community. “All

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  • Theatre Guild to host auditions for “Rex’s Exes”

    Posted on August 30, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    The Morristown Theatre Guild will hold auditions from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15-16 at Rose Center for the Southern-fried comedy “Rex’s Exes,” the sequel to “Red Velvet Cake War” staged by the Guild in 2013. Performances of “Rex’s Exes will be Nov. 14-23. The Verdeen cousins — Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette — have wild new adventures as Gaynelle’s surprise 50th Birthday Party sees the return

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  • ‘The Blind Side’ to close Starlite season

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    In this film publicity image released by Warner Bros., Sandra Bullock is shown in a scene from, "The Blind Side."

    Before the gridiron battles begin Saturday for fans of the Morristown high schools, eager football fans can get some pre-game action at the final Starlite Cinema showing tonight. The Morristown Parks and Recreation Department will show “The Blind Side,” the 2012 bio-drama based on Tennessee Titan Michael Oher’s life. The movie will be shown at dusk (around 8:30) at Fred Miller Park in Morristown. This will be the final movie

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