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A police car is set on fire after a group of protesters vandalize the vehicle after the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday, Nov. 24, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked sometimes violent protests.

Ferguson in Flames

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 11:39 am

Protests, riots erupt as grand jury declines to indict Wilson FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Smoke billowed from burned-out buildings and sidewalks were strewn with broken glass Tuesday morning after Ferguson erupted over a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown. Firefighters doused the blackened remains of some businesses Tuesday morning and at least one building was still ablaze.

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This one-story home on Thomas Drive in Hamblen County was destroyed early Tuesday morning.

Hamblen home destroyed by fire

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 11:37 am

An apparent accidental fire destroyed a one-story wooden home in a cul-de-sac on Thomas Drive, just north of Wildwood Park, early Tuesday morning, a firefighter said. The occupants, Larry and Sandra Bell and their five dogs escaped the catastrophic fire, according to Robbie Yount, a rising captain with the North Hamblen County Volunteer Fire Department. Property records indicate the home is owned by Jim and Birdie Biggs, and had an

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  • Man charged with attempted arson

    Posted on November 25, 2014 at 11:34 am

    A Morristown man who allegedly attempted to set his public housing apartment on Kennedy Circle ablaze Monday night was taken into custody early this morning and charged with attempted arson, authorities says. Sebastian Closs, 19, allegedly placed items in the middle of the living room floor before setting them on fire, according to Detective Phil Hurst with the Morristown Police Department. Closs, who has received a Morristown Housing Authority eviction

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  • Grand jury declines to indict officer in Ferguson shooting

    Posted on November 24, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18- year old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes violent protests. ST.Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced the decision Monday night. A grand jury of nine whites and three blacks had been meeting weekly since Aug. 20 to consider evidence. At least nine

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Morristown East’s Jordan Seal goes up for two of his 13 points during Monday night’s 70-52 win over Daniel Boone in the Hardee’s Classic tournament at David Crockett High School in Jonesborough.

East boys open Hardee’s Classic with 70-52 win

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 10:51 am

JONESBOROUGH — Things started out slow for the Morristown East Hurricanes but they quickly picked up speed in order to claim a 70-52 win over Daniel Boone in the opening round of the Hardee’s Classic at David Crockett High School on Monday night. The Trailblazers started the game on a 9-1 run to take a 16-9 lead out of the first quarter. The slow start was haunted when the ‘Canes

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  • Eagles look to right ship vs. Lions tonight

    Posted on November 25, 2014 at 10:48 am

    JEFFERSON CITY — Carson-Newman is doing something it’s not done since head coach Chuck Benson’s first season at Mossy Creek in 2010-11. The Eagles have turned the ball over at least 15 times in four consecutive games. C-N (1-3, 1-1 SAC) has ball security on its mind when Mars Hill (3-2, 0-2 SAC) pays a visit to Holt Fieldhouse Tuesday evening for an 8 p.m. tipoff. The Eagles turned the

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  • Ashford’s TD pass generates buzz for fans, friends and family

    Posted on November 24, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Tennessee placekicker Aaron Medley, right, celebrates with holder Patrick Ashford after making a field goal in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Alabama, Saturday, Oct. 25, in Knoxville. Ashford threw a touchdown pass on a fake field goal Saturday night against Missouri for the Vols first touchdown of the game. (AP photo)

    KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee offense was struggling, the defense couldn’t get Missouri off the field on third down and the fans inside Neyland Stadium were listless and lethargic. In Saturday’s game against Missouri, the Vols needed something to give everyone a boost. A former Morristown West Trojan provided just what Tennessee needed. The Vols were trailing the Tigers 7-3 and seemed to be unable to get anything going offensively. Quarterback

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Engagement Announcement

Posted on November 22, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Harrison-Christian Wesley Brian Christian and Marsha Ann Harrison announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. The bride-elect is the daughter of Phil and Dorothy Harrison of Sneedville. She is the granddaughter of the late T.J. (Tom) and Lucile Harrison and Leona Melton of Sneedville. She is employed by the Hancock County Board of Education. She is a second grade teacher at Hancock County Elementary School. The groom-elect is the son of

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  • Engagement Announcement

    Posted on November 8, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Morgan-Tustin Tonya Morgan and Richard Tustin announce their engagement and forthcoming wedding. The bride-elect is the daughter of Sandy and the late Don Peerman of White Pine. The groom-elect is the son of Doug and June Tustin of Pennsylvania. They will exchange vows Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Leadvale Baptist Church in White Pine. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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  • Engagements

    Posted on November 2, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Ott-Shockley Darlene Ott of Wears Valley and Galen Ott of Durand, Wisconsin along with Mr. and Mrs. David Shockley announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Andrea Ott and Adam Shockley. The bride-elect is the daughter of Darlene and Galen Ott. She is a graduate of Iowa State University. The groom-elect is the son of David and Sandra Shockley of Morristown. He is the grandson of the late

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C-N to host Christmas Tree Lighting Service

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Carson-Newman University will usher in the Christmas season with an outdoor Tree Lighting Service on Tuesday, Dec. 2. An enduring community tradition, the 6 p.m. event marks the beginning of the Advent season through song and candlelight. It is free and open to the public. “There is no greater news than the Good News of God’s grace and redemption through Jesus Christ,” said Dr. Jeremy Buckner, chair of the University’s

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  • At the Movies

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Empty Movie Theater

    THE BEST OF ME A pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown. Rated PG13. Showing at Carmike Cinemas 12 College Square Mall at 7:05 and 9:55. BEYOND THE LIGHTS A talented musician on the brink of super stardom struggles with the pressure of her new-found success. Rated PG13. Showing at Carmike Cinemas 12 College Square Mall at 11:40, 2:25,

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  • Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights

    Posted on November 17, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, Georgia — Rock City’s annual Enchanted Garden of Lights prepares for its 20th anniversary season which begins Friday, Nov. 21. Enhancements and new characters await guests nightly from 6 to 9 p.m. through Jan. 3. New scenes include The Dancing Forest where lighted trees dance to holiday music, as well as a 26-foot Christmas tree featuring a celebration in lights set to sounds of the season. Guests can

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