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Hancock County resident and contractor Larry Dean, stands next to the slow slide, or avalanche, he was hired to clear on Horton Ford Road.

Special crews called in to clear snow slide

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 11:55 am

The two-week-long blast of winter that closed schools and businesses, crippled traffic and caused the Tennessee Emergency Agency to issue a Level II-State of Emergency, also led to something in Hancock County that is most commonly seen in ski areas — an avalanche. During one of the five separate snow storms that paralyzed the area, about 75 residents in one section of the county found themselves unable to drive out,

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Forecast calls for floods/snow

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 11:50 am

East Tennessee and the Lakeway Area is about to get another winter blast, but first, the area will have to deal with warmer temperatures and the possibility of torrential rains. Claiborne and Hancock counties are under a flood watch, which remains in effect through Thursday evening because of widespread rain expected to move into the area with locally heavy rainfall. According to the National Weather Service, rain amounts of one

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  • Merchants Greene development coming into focus

    Posted on March 3, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Even as the new Wal-Mart Supercenter on Highway 11-E in West Morristown prepares for it’s opening next week, the retail opportunities surrounding the development are continuing to grow as well. A 25,000 square foot shadow-anchored retail shopping center is being developed to open in the fall in the front of Wal-Mart. According to developers, the center already has commitments from tenants that will occupy over half of the space which

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  • Students return following two-week hiatus

    Posted on March 2, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Hillcrest teacher Michelle Morgan celebrates Read Across America day with her first grade class on the students’ return to school following a two-week winter weather related hiatus.

    After missing several days of instruction because of the recent winter storms, many area school districts are back in session and on a regular schedule. Although the students and teachers have lost classroom time over the past two weeks, assistant director of the Hamblen County Department of Education Brenda Dean said she does not anticipate any setbacks in curriculum. She explained this can be attributed to the county’s “banking system.”

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Morristown West’s Jasmine Williams, center, celebrates with teammates Kaitlyn Cody, left, and Erin Foster, right, after making the game winning basket for the Lady Trojans in Monday’s Class AAA Sectional game at Farragut High School.

Williams buzzer beater sends West back to state

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 10:46 am

FARRAGUT — Back-to-back. For Morristown West, it simply doesn’t get any better than that. The Lady Trojans clinched a second straight trip to Murfreesboro and the TSSAA State Basketball Championships Monday night in thrilling fashion, beating Farragut 35-33 on a buzzer-beating shot by Jasmine Williams in a Class AAA Sectional game inside Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium. In a game that produced an 11-minute stretch for West without scoring a single

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  • Lady Grizzlies earn long-awaited state berth

    Posted on March 3, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Grainger’s Marisa Hipsher (40) puts up a shot against a Fulton defender during Monday’s Class AA Sectional game in Knoxville. Hipsher scored 12 points as the Lady Grizzlies advanced to the TSSAA State Tournament for the first time.

    KNOXVILLE — Sometimes a feeling is so strong and so sweet, searching for the adequate words to describe it can seem like an impossible challenge. Grainger coach Justin Combs found himself in that situation Monday night. Combs and the Lady Grizzlies were in familiar territory as they appeared in their fourth consecutive Class AA Sectional game. The disappointment of the previous three sectional games faded into distant memory as the

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  • Lady Patriots top West 53-45 to claim region crown

    Posted on March 2, 2015 at 10:31 am

    The Jefferson County Lady Patriots won the Region 1-AAA championship on Sunday with a victory over Morristown West at Morristown East High School.

    There are lots of key players and veterans from last year’s state tournament team on Jefferson County’s roster, but it was freshman Ryleigh Fritz who came off the bench to emerge as an unlikely hero in Sunday afternoon’s Region 1-AAA girls championship game. Fritz scored eight points in the final quarter as the Lady Patriots handed Morristown West a 53-45 setback and captured home court advantage for Monday night’s sub-state

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    Posted on February 20, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Unfortunately, quick fixes and improving your credit score do not go together. It’s kind of like a diet. Gaining weight usually happens over a period of time and so does bad credit. In fact, beware of advice that claims to improve your credit fast. The best advice, much like your weight, is to manage it responsibly over time. In addition to making smart credit decisions, you also have to be

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Engagement Announcement

Posted on February 28, 2015 at 6:19 pm

Kelly-Price Dr. Gary and Martha Kelly of Morristown announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Katherine, to Matthew Stewart Price, son of Leslie and Pam Price, also of Morristown. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of James and Roberta Kidd of Fayetteville, and Theresa Kelly and the late Gene Kelly of Columbus, Georgia. She graduated from Morristown West High in 2009 and from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2012 with a

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  • Engagement Announcement

    Posted on February 14, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    DeBord-Smith Vernon and Carolyn DeBord of Morristown announce the engagement and forth-coming marriage of their daughter, Wendy Nicole DeBord to Billy Lynn Smith, son of Donny and the late Terry Smith of Jefferson County. The bride-elect is the mother of Kristen Taylor Grizzell of Morristown. She is the granddaughter of the late John and Kate DeBord Wolfe of Eidson and the late Ray and Karlie Hurd of Rogersville. She is

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  • Anniversaries

    Posted on February 8, 2015 at 2:39 am

        Herbert and Marion Byrum Herbert and Marion Byrum of Morristown celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015.  The couple was united in marriage at the home of the Rev. J.B. Ely in Morristown in 1965. Together they have have four children, Chris (Sue) Byrum, Holly (David) Newberry, Sunday (Michael) Reeves and Scott (Carol) Byrum; five grandchildren, Stacy (Landon) Gibson, Daniel Byrum, Amy Byrum, John Reeves

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The cast members of Encore’s production of “Into the Woods” performs. The play continues through March 8.

Encore production will huff and puff and bring the house down

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Immersing oneself in an experience other than your own is not only pleasurable, it’s a necessary part of mental survival – and there’s no better tool than local theater for gathering one’s wits. Proof is right there behind the curtain at Encore Theatrical Company’s “Into the Woods” during the next two weekends at Walters State Community College in Morristown. The set of “Into the Woods” takes the notion of creating

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  • At the Movies

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Empty Movie Theater

    AMERICAN SNIPER Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind. Rated R. Showing at Carmike Cinemas 12 in Morristown at 12:25, 4:05, 7:10 and 10:20. Showing at Towne Crossing 8 in Greeneville at 12:40, 3:40,

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  • Nighttime is right time to dance at Rose Center

    Posted on February 23, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    The Rose Center will be alive with the sounds of tapping feet and rocking music on Friday, Feb. 20, when it holds its inaugural Night of the Dance. This special event is a fundraising performance to benefit the programs at the Rose. Night of the Dance is an evening of dance and live music performance featuring two local dance troupes and two local bands. The event was the idea of

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