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Hacker accused of violating terms of release

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 11:39 am

Accused Morristown serial computer hacker Timothy Justen “T.J.” French allegedly is testing the limits of a federal judge’s patience, according to court documents. French, who is in his early 20s, has been summoned to Chicago once again to explain why he allegedly violated the terms of his pretrial release. Randall Samborn, a public-information officer with the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago, declined to comment on French’s alleged misstep. Samborn confirmed

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  • Hamblen man faces child porn charges

    Posted on January 27, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Hamblen County resident Mitchell Alexander Gentry has grave legal problems for allegedly gravitating toward girls in the 8-to-13-year-old range, authorities say. Gentry, a 25-year-old man who worked for a Morristown fast-food restaurant, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Greeneville for receipt, possession – and most seriously – the distribution of child pornography. He allegedly possessed 46 child-porn videos and 2,537 pornographic images on his computer, according to Detective

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  • MPD prepping for Citizens’ Police Academy

    Posted on January 26, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Students of the Morristown Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy get training on Range Day during the academy’s 17th year.

    The Morristown Police Department is preparing for its 19thCitizens’ Police Academy Class. The class will begin May 5 and continue to June 9. Classes will be held at the Morristown Police Department on each Tuesday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Applications for the public are now available. Interested applicants may pick up an application at the Morristown Police Department, located on the first floor of the City Center or call

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Leia’s Wrap Café open in downtown Morristown

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 1:54 am

Leia’s Wrap Café in downtown Morristown has, along with its homemade soups, warmed the hearts of its neighboring business owners, residents and new customers. Owner Leia Hyder and her staff have set up shop within the cozy, eclectic atmosphere of The Meeting Place, located in downtown Morristown. The building, owned by Ken and Rowena Smith, underwent a transformation in 2014, and its interior is now lined with interesting collectibles from

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  • Carters begin marketing two subdivisions in Hamblen County

    Posted on January 17, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    The Carter family stands on the property of Carson’s Crossing, located off Old Russellville Pike near East Ridge Middle School. From left to right: Ellis Winstead, owner United Realty; Bob Courtney, consultant; Willie Swatzell, contstruction lender; Brenda Branson Lasley, United Realty; Tommy Stephan, builder; Frank Southerland, builder; Lou Browning, Summit South Lending mortgage lender; Chuck Carter, land owner; Donna Kanipe, land owner; Bob Carter, land owner.

    In the 1970s and 1980s the name Joe E. Carter was synonymous with home building in Morristown and Hamblen County, and his legacy will be a part of two new developments in the area. Carter was chosen “Builder of the Year” several times, and his homes were a valued part of the annual Parade of Homes, a popular yearly event sponsored by the Home Builders Association. Carter’s footprint is still

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  • Obama announces Knoxville manufacturing hub

    Posted on January 11, 2015 at 1:00 am

    President Barack Obama speaks Friday afternoon at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn.

    Clinton residents came out big for POTUS, with thousands of people lining Highway 61 from the southern city limits all the way to Techmer PM. Locals held homemade cardboard signs spelling out “OBAMA” and “Welcome Y’all.” Nearly everyone had a smart phone recording videos and taking photos. They jumped up and down, held American flags and waved at the passing motorcade. One family who lived along the route on Hwy

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Americans should know about civics more than new citizens

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 11:03 am

New citizens are expected to know something about civics. Should we expect less of natives? Of course not; we should expect more. Despite that fact, students and adults regularly fail at basic civics knowledge. If test scores aren’t enough to prove that – 71 percent of people in the general population failed a civics test a few years ago – just look at how ignorant folks are in those late-night

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  • Regional cooperation needed after multiple Islamic attacks

    Posted on January 26, 2015 at 11:42 am

    France wasn’t the only nation under attack from brutal Islamic extremists this month. A few days before two gunmen slaughtered editors and staff in the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a contingent of Boko Haram fighters armed with grenade launchers and guns swept into a number of northern Nigerian towns and villages and slaughtered their inhabitants, according to witnesses. Boko Haram fighters reportedly killed civilians in and

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  • Ukraine fighting to keep its territory

    Posted on January 24, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    The trouble in Ukraine continues after a year of bloodshed, with the latest fighting near the already leveled airport of Donetsk. It started with the blow-up of the corrupt government of President Viktor Janukovych, who fled to Russia with nearly $17 billion looted from Ukraine’s treasury. He was succeeded in Kiev by President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Then Russia peeled off Crimea and part of eastern Ukraine,

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