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Allen Yokley, left, shows a picture of his 1985 basic training unit to Dr. Jeff Horner, dean of natural sciences at Walters State. Yokley saw action in Panama, Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, he’s using his G.I. Bill benefits to pursue a career in radiography.

Retired veteran seeks fresh start at WSCC

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 11:45 am

Allen Yokley, who saw action in three conflicts, has a simple message for fellow veterans who are thinking about using educational benefits: start early and don’t let your benefits expire. Yokley is a pre-radiography major at Walters State Community College. “I realized my eligibility for benefits wouldn’t last forever. If I wanted to use them, I had to get started,” said Yokley. In general, Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits must be

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Commission asks Brittain to work with city to pursue alternate animal shelter operator

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 11:41 am

The tides appear to be shifting for the Morristown/Hamblen County Animal Shelter following Thursday night’s county commission meeting. Commissioners voted unanimously requested County Mayor Bill Brittain to work with the city to begin a transition plan “in anticipation” to contract with the Animal Care Center of Hamblen County to provide service to the shelter, essentially a plan that would remove the Hamblen County Humane Society from operating the shelter. During

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  • School board discusses facility improvements

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Hamblen County students will soon be returning to their respective classrooms to find the Hamblen County Board of Education has been hard at work maintaining and updating the facilities, as well as programs, to ensure the students’ success. New window projects have been completed or are being carried out throughout the system including at Whitesburg Elementary, West Elementary and East High School. There are also three security entrances to be

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  • Newport alderwoman, police captains, indicted in TBI investigation

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:43 am

    TBI agents process the Dodge Charger assigned to Newport Detective Captain James Holt. The adjacent silver Ford Fusion was assigned to Newport Detective Captain Lynn Shults.

    Two Newport police officers and a Newport alderwoman were among the four individuals indicted Wednesday by a Cocke County grand jury in connection with an ongoing drug, money laundering and stolen property investigation. Those indicted include Newport Alderwoman Kathy Holt, 50, and her husband, Detective Captain James Holt, 59, and son, 31-year-old Kenneth Myers. The fourth person indicted was Newport police Captain Lynn Shults, 54, brother of Newport Chief of

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Carson-Newman coach Ken Sparks and the Eagles football team recently announced and unveiled numerous changes to their football uniforms for the upcoming season.

Sparks, Eagles unveil new uniforms

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 10:01 am

JEFFERSON CITY – After the debut of Carson-Newman’s new Nike Foggy grey uniforms, the Eagles took to the catwalk for a fashion show to display all 16 of their uniform combinations Thursday at the Ken Sparks Athletic Complex. The Eagles can throw together different arrangements of Nike Pro Combat (blue and white), Beast (orange) and Get Loose (the new Foggy grey) uniforms. “This was real fun,” defensive end William Alderman

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  • Astros drop close game to Mets, 1-0

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 9:59 am

    GREENEVILLE – The Greeneville Astros (15-18), after splitting two games at Kingsport, hosted the Mets (16-16) in the rubber match at Pioneer Park on Thursday night. In the sixth inning, the Mets scored the lone run of the game on a solo homer from Ivan Wilson to give them a 1-0 victory to claim the split series. Despite having just two hits in the game, the Astros nearly tied it

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  • Junior League boys eliminated by one run in Tennessee State tourney

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Nick Jeffers of Morristown swings in the Junior League boys state tournament held in Portland. Morristown lost in the championship to Lexington, 8-7.

    PORTLAND – Trailing 8-7 with the bases loaded in the state championship, the Morristown Junior League boys team had their chance to win in the bottom of the final inning. In the end, the Cinderella run by coach Mike Martin’s team wasn’t meant to be as Lexington held on to capture the one-run victory. Morristown trailed one point at 5-0 and later 8-3, but clawed their way back with all

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Engagement Announcements

Posted on July 19, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Mayes-Seal Anna Katie Mayes and Travis Glenn Seal announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. The bride-elect is the daughter of Roger and Debbie Mayes of Tazewell. She is the granddaughter of Sterl and Mattie Bell Mayes of Middlesboro, Kentucky and George and Cleo Yoakum of Middlesboro, Kentucky. She is a 2000 graduate of Middlesboro High School of Middlesboro, Kentucky and a 2007 graduate of East Tennessee State University. She is

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  • Engagement Announcements

    Posted on July 12, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Allen-Talley George and Josephine Allen of Dandridge announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Stacie Lushawna Allen, to Thomas Eugene Talley Jr. He is the son of Mr. Thomas Talley Sr. and the late Mrs. Elaine Talley of Morristown. The bride-elect is a 1992 graduate of Jefferson County High School in Dandridge. She is a certified nursing assistant and is employed at Tennova Hospital in Jefferson City. The

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  • Engagement Announcements

    Posted on July 5, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Vannoy-Montgomery Donnie and Robin Vannoy of Morristown announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Halie Denise Vannoy, to Nicholas Alexander Montgomery, son of Mike and Benita Montgomery of Austin, Texas. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Pat Musick and the late Robert Musick, and Roy and Juanita Johnson, all of Morristown. She is a 2009 graduate of Morristown-Hamblen High School East and a 2012 graduate of Middle Tennessee

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At the Movies

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 8:16 am

AND SO IT GOES ON A self-centered realtor enlists the help of his neighbor when he’s suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed until his estranged son drops her off at his home. Rated PG13. Showing at Carmike Cinemas 12 College Square Mall at 12:20, 3:00, 5:30 and 8:30. BEGIN AGAIN Gretta and her long-time boyfriend, Dave, are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for

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  • Rose Center Summer Players to present “A Wrinkle in Time”

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    The cast of “A Wrinkle in Time” takes a break from rehearsals for the show that will open at 7 p.m. July 24. The Rose Center Summer Players production will continue July 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. and July 26 and 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available by calling 423-586-9260.

    The annual production of the Rose Center Summer Players will delve into the strange and unknown with its 2014 show, “A Wrinkle in Time, based on Madeleine L’Engle’s classic book. The story presents a trio of young friends who journey across time and space on a rescue mission for their father, with the help of some very unusual characters who are much more than they seem to be. The characters

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  • Wallen to perform in Sneedville

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Morgan Wallen will perform Saturday evening at the Clinch River Market in Sneedville at 7. He will sign autographs prior to the show.

    Morgan Wallen, a Hancock County native and contestant on this year’s season of NBC’s “The Voice,” will perform and meet with fans Saturday in Sneedville. Wallen, who is currently working in the studio on an album, will be at the Clinch River Market in Sneedville, at 127 Tazewell Highway Saturday. Wallen will perform at 7 p.m. but is scheduled to meet and great with fans from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30

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