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Morristown-Hamblen Central Services Director Barbara Simmons burns the loan note for the agency’s facility on Jan. 27, joined by a large group of supporters, including center left, Ruth Thompson, Brenda Robbins and Rose Parella, representing the agency.

Central Services holds note burning

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 11:38 am

Less than nine years into the loan for its current location, Morristown-Hamblen Central Services officially burned the note on Jan. 27. Neither a slight breeze nor stubborn paper deterred Central Services director Barbara Simmons from reducing the bank document to embers in the facility’s parking lot as part of the regular meeting of the board of directors. Special guests from the community joined staff and volunteers in cheering on Simmons,

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Newport Utilities Board votes to end new GM’s contract and re-hire former GM

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 12:06 pm

On Tuesday, the Newport Utilities Board voted to end the contract with General Manager Mike Parker after two months on the job and to reinstate Glenn Ray, the previous general manager. They made the move without resolving Ray’s $3 million lawsuit against the utility or establishing what would happen with Parker’s five-year, $750,000 contract. Ray left his position in April 2014 following a less than positive employment review. He then

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  • Duo faces felony meth charges

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Two Hamblen County women were jailed on felony drug charges Tuesday afternoon after police were dispatched to investigate a disturbance at the Super 8 motel on South Davy Crockett Parkway, authorities say. Charlee A. Bise, 22, Bethel Road, allegedly was holding approximately 48 grams of methamphetamine and 42 pills of an unspecified Schedule III drug for which she had no prescription, according to officer Brad Jacobs, who alleges the drugs

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  • Schools, roads affected by wintry mix

    Posted on January 27, 2015 at 11:46 am

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

    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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Morristown West’s Brandon Wilson looks for someone to pass the ball to during the Trojans win against Cherokee on Tuesday.

West uses comeback to gain 44-43 win over Cherokee

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 11:07 am

A 9-0 start highlighted the West Trojans’ start to their game Tuesday against Cherokee. It was the final 12 points of the game, however, that propelled them to an upset win over Cherokee. West trailed 42-32 with 4:30 to go in the fourth period as it appeared the Chiefs were in control. But the Trojans scored 12 unanswered points and held Cherokee to only a point in the final four

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  • Jefferson County makes quick work of Seymour 71-43

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Jefferson County’s Trey Dobyns (21) goes up against Seymour defenders on Tuesday.

    DANDRIDGE — Any fears Jefferson County High School boys basketball coach had about his team coming out flat against Seymour were unfounded. The Patriots recovered from a bad day of practice Monday to completely decimate the Eagles in a 71-43 victory. The final score doesn’t tell the story of the performance Jefferson County (20-5, 11-1) displayed against Seymour (10-16, 2-10). The Patriots led 16-0 before Seymour could even score a

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  • Lady ‘Canes roll past Boone 54-42

    Posted on January 27, 2015 at 10:45 am

    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.

    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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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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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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