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Holt waives federal detention hearing

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 11:30 am

Embattled Newport Police Department Capt. James Finley Holt waived a detention hearing scheduled for today in federal court in Greeneville, which means he’ll remain incarcerated until the unfolding legal drama runs its course. The FBI arrested Holt, 59, on a criminal complaint alleging he sold hydrocodone to an informant and possessed a weapon, his county-issued sidearm, when he partially settled a debt for merchandise he believed to be stolen with

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  • June jobless rates up

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Unemployment rates across the Lakeway Area rose for the month of June, likely due to schools recessing for the summer. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development have said that the numbers always increase during this time of year. Officials 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,

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  • Court documents reveal more about French’s hacker case

    Posted on July 28, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    The FBI’s targeting of Timothy Justin French varies with the bulk of federal prosecutions that normally materialize in Hamblen County inasmuch as the alleged crimes involve skills that generally can’t be acquired or honed in prison. French, a 20-year-old Talbott man, allegedly ranks as a computer-hacking whiz who belonged to a band of like-minded standouts calling themselves NullCrew, according to FBI Agent Patrick M. Geahan, NullCrew claimed responsibility for costly computer attacks on corporations, government agencies and educational institutions, according to

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Big Blue Marble Academy makes a world of difference

Posted on July 26, 2014 at 6:06 pm

There were more children outside than in during the grand opening of The Big Blue Marble Academy in Morristown on July 24, the first of its kind in Tennessee. There were plenty of things to do in both locations, so some of the youngest learners had a tough choice to make. Mascot Cosmo danced with a group of energetic toddlers inside the colorfully decorated building, while staff closely monitored activities

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  • Belk seeks child models for Kidfest

    Posted on July 26, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Belk has announced its bi-annual Kidfest activities will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9, from noon to 3 p.m. at all locations. Activities include runway fashion shows featuring local children as models wearing Belk’s latest fashion trends and styles for kids. The 2014 Kidfest is encouraging kids to get healthy and active, and the day will include sports games and an obstacle course. Other activities and entertainment will include refreshments,

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  • Mary Kay recognizes Bowlin with Chevy Cruze

    Posted on July 19, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Rebecca Bowlin of Mooresburg, Mary Kay independent sales director, accepts the keys to a new Chevy Cruze from James Baugh, sales and leasing professional with Chevrolet of Morristown, as part of the Mary Kay Career Car Program.

    Mary Kay Independent Sales Director Rebecca Bowlin of Mooresburg has been recognized by the company for her outstanding business performance. Bowlin has earned the use of a new Chevrolet Cruze vehicle provided by Chevrolet of Morristown. The Cruze is the eighth Mary Kay career car for Bowlin. Independent sales force members earn the use of career cars by meeting or exceeding goals set within their Mary Kay businesses. “To God

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Keystone XL pipeline vs. ocean drilling

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 10:24 am

The Obama administration won’t allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the United States, citing environmental concerns. But it is willing to allow ocean drilling off the Atlantic coast – a risk to the environment and to the economic well-being of states like South Carolina that depend on coastal tourism. Indeed, the administration is willing to let the anticipated Atlantic oil boom start off with a bang.

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  • Leave lasting legacy without opening a pocketbook

    Posted on July 28, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Recently, CBS reported that 127 of the world’s 1,645 billionaires have joined The Giving Pledge. This is a campaign started in 2010 by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett to encourage billionaires to make a commitment to give away at least $500 million to philanthropic causes. There are only two requirements to join this billionaires’ club: be worth at least a billion dollars and be willing to give half

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  • Koch donates $25 million to UNCF

    Posted on July 26, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    It has become fashionable to vilify Kansas-based Koch Industries, Inc., a privately held multinational that earns its billions in energy, manufacturing and trading, and whose heads, brothers Charles and David H. Koch, are not shy about using their wealth to lobby for their favored politicians and causes, many of which are fairly labeled as conservative. Some critics, including entertainer Harry Belafonte, have gone so far as to call the Koch

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