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Tempers flare in County Commission meeting

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Sparks flew at the August Hamblen County Commission meeting Thursday night as two commissioners had a testy exchange with Morristown Hamblen Humane Society President Christine Coley and another appeared close to starting a physical confrontation with a fellow commissioner. The discussion concerning a contract between the county, city and MHHS began with county attorney Chris Capps asking the commissioners to consider adding one sentence that was inadvertently left out of

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  • Area jobless rates rise

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Unemployment rates across the Lakeway Area rose again for the month of July, at least in part due to schools recessing for the summer. Officials with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development have indicated that while the unemployment rates are important, it also important to realize that this is an ongoing trend due to schools letting out for the summer. Alternatively, unemployment rates in August and September typically

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  • Wallace helps celebrate Toyota dealership’s ribbon cutting

    Posted on August 21, 2014 at 11:54 am

    NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace holds the bow as dealership General Manager Greg VonCannon cuts the ribbon Wednesday, celebrating the renovation of Rusty Wallace Toyota.  The Chamber of Commerce sponsored event featured representatives from Toyota, local suppliers, dealership employees and chamber volunteers.

    Normally a crowd as large as the one gathered at Rusty Wallace Toyota on Wednesday would have salesmen going into a frenzy, but the atmosphere was instead casual and celebratory. The dealership hosted a grand re-opening and ribbon cutting in fine fashion with the Morristown Chamber of Commerce, fellow Toyota employees and its customers, celebrating the end of an 18-month remodel. “Our goal is to be the No. 1 dealer

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Participating in the July 29 ribbon cutting at Brad’s Flower Shop,  hosted by the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce, are from left, Bill Sanders, Chamber ambassador; Dr. Gary Brewster, Chamber chaplain; Nancy Wells, Chamber ambassador; Donna Coldiron, Carol Kapnick, Debbie Hyder, co-owner Kirk Kaufman, Bette Joy Field, Marie Cunningham, Chamber ambassador; co-owner Brad Kaufman, Jerry Kloos, Terry Kloos, floral designer; Marshall Ramsey, Morristown Chamber president and CEO; Dale Pendland and Karen Capshaw, Morristown ambassador.

A rosy view on life: Brad’s Flower Shop opens on 25E

Posted on August 16, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Two brothers have a rosy view on life, thanks to a combined entrepreneurial goal that has joined retail interests near Exit 8 off Interstate 81 in Morristown. Brad and Kirk Kaufman opened Brad’s Flower Shop on the southbound side of 25E, Davy Crockett Parkway, in the spring of this year. The Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the business’ new membership into the Chamber on July 29 by hosting an

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  • Community celebrates BarcaLounger ribbon cutting

    Posted on August 9, 2014 at 5:33 pm


    Walking into a store full of relaxing furniture could be a challenge to the average Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce ambassador. It’s usually all business all the time for the volunteers who are lent by their employers to welcome new retailers, service companies and industries to Morristown and Hamblen County and taking a break in, say, a recliner might not be conducive to keeping the wheels of the local economy

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  • Workout Anytime offers fitness 24/7

    Posted on August 2, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Workout Anytime will be owned by Scott James, director of physical therapy, and Steven Elliot. The two currently own Workout Anytime in Cleveland, Madison and Huntsville, Alabama.

    Barring any unforeseen issues, the newest location of Workout Anytime will open in mid October in Morristown according to Scott James, director of physical therapy, area developer and owner. The 7-days-per week, 24-hours-per-day fitness facility will operate in a new building located alongside the Food City currently under construction in the Masengill Springs development on West Andrew Johnson Highway. “We’ve been looking at Morristown for several years,” James said. “It’s

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Bill proposed to protect

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 10:05 am

A little more than a year after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the federal government was collecting and storing the telephone records of millions of Americans, Congress is poised to end the program and provide significant protection for a broad range of personal information sought by government investigators. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has proposed a version of the bill

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  • Communication, not mob mentality, will sort out Ferguson protests

    Posted on August 21, 2014 at 11:18 am

    It was reported Monday by Andrea Peterson of the Washington Post that the city of Ferguson had hired a Chesterfield public relations firm that specializes in crisis management. We tried contacting the firm to verify this, but no one answered the phone. As metaphors for the communications issues that have characterized the protests in Ferguson, this works very nicely. As the 10th night of protests approached, a few things had

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  • Companies shouldn’t skimp on data security

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Target ousted its CEO in wake of last year’s computer security breaches, which reinforces the importance of companies protecting customer information stored digitally. Gregg Steinhafel became the company’s chief corporate executive in 2008 and seemed to have achieved more good than harm. That is, until just before Christmas 2013. As the holiday shopping season approached, hackers got through Target’s digital security systems and made off with approximately 40 million credit

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