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A Morristown Hamblen High School East graduate breaks into a smile after receiving his diploma during Friday’s ceremony.

East High celebrates graduates

Posted on May 23, 2015 at 9:15 pm

Friday afternoon was a chance for graduating Morristown East High School students to reflect on their years of schooling and look forward to what their future holds. The Morristown East High School graduating class of 2015 comprised of 317 students. Of those students, 28 graduated with Honors, 19 graduated with Distinction and 39 with both Honors and Distinction. At 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, friends and family packed the Walters

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  • Moorhouse says goodbye to grads and West High

    Posted on May 23, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Shaan Ramaprasad gets a hug from West High Principal Dr. Jeff Moorhouse during Friday’s graduation.

    The playing of Pomp and Circumstance ushered them in, and a fountain of crimson caps shooting from each student’s hand sent off the 2015 Morristown-Hamblen High School West graduates on Friday night. A crowd consisting of family, friends and instructors of the Class of 2015 filled most of the seats in the Walters State Great Smoky Mountains Expo Center, and cheers radiated from various locations in the building throughout the

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  • Woman killed in Hawkins County crash

    Posted on May 22, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    A crash involving a Ford Edge and a tractor trailer has resulted one injury and one death. This occurred on Friday at 11:22 a.m. Eileen K. Porter, 72, of Rogersville, was traveling east bound on Forest Hills Road and came to a stop at the intersection of state Highway 66 just outside Rogersville. When Porter attempted to make a left turn onto Highway 66, she pulled into the path of

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Consultant Mary Pankiewicz recently talked about changing habits to clear a cluttered mind.

Mind over clutter: Pankiewicz offers path to conquer cluttered mind

Posted on May 23, 2015 at 5:00 pm

A long weekend calls for either completely forgetting we have jobs or perhaps taking the time to reconsider the way we approach our work days. A few weeks back, local consultant, speaker and author Mary Pankiewicz addressed a capacity crowd at the Morristown Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn on the topic of “Creating the Organized Mind, Reducing Mind Clutter.” Retail developers, lawyers, bankers, local government staffers and directors of

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  • Jana’s School of Gymnastics, Dance and Cheerleading finds new location

    Posted on May 18, 2015 at 10:59 am

    A cheer team supports a flyer’s efforts at Jana’s School of Gymnastics, Dance and Cheerleading.

    From the first forward roll to cartwheels and front tucks — no matter how challenging the cheer routines or tumbling exercises become — the girls are always flying high in Jana Samsel’s eyes. During a lifetime of honing her own award-winning techniques and 23 years of teaching gymnastics, dance and cheerleading in Morristown, Samsel has found that training on the mats supports the life skills her students use every day.

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  • Father, son duo open Cameron Farms in Rutledge

    Posted on May 9, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Andy Cameron stands in front of the big red barn, a Rutledge staple for many years that is now operated by Andy and his father, lifelong Grainger county farmer Mike Cameron. The business is operated under the name Cameron Farms.

    A partnership between father and son, Mike and Andy Cameron, has resulted in the surprisingly quick success of their business venture, Cameron Farms in Rutledge. The partners learned of the opportunity to take over the former Ritter Farms operation in March and opened the doors to the big red barn’s country store in April. “Business is picking up every day. The last few days have been good,” Andy Cameron said.

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Obama’s promise to degrade and destroy ISIS falling short

Posted on May 23, 2015 at 9:51 pm

Just last Friday, the Pentagon assured us that the terrorists of ISIS were on the run. Not to worry. By Monday, ISIS had overrun the key city of Ramadi, leaving bloody, smoldering bodies in its wake. Could the Obama administration possibly believe its own rhetoric? Or do we now officially have a Soviet-style government that lies through its teeth to its people with no sense of irony or guilt? Whatever

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  • New abortion law is medium between pro-life, pro-choice

    Posted on May 22, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Tennessee has made it a little tougher for a woman to get an abortion. Given the seriousness of a decision to end a life, that’s certainly not a bad step. The new law, signed Monday by Gov. Bill Haslam, requires a woman seeking an abortion to wait at least 48 hours after in-person counseling with a physician, then go a second time to see the doctor. The waiting period is

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  • TVA Act signed in 1933 outlines promises for lowest possible cost power

    Posted on May 21, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Throughout the Tennessee Valley Authority Act, signed into law 82 years ago this week, are passages written to require TVA to seek low-cost power for its customers. Variously, it says “the objective (is) that power shall be sold at rates as low as are feasible”; that power shall be sold to secure “revenue returns which will permit domestic and rural use at the lowest possible rates”; and that TVA should

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