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New Officer for the Hamblen County Republican Party include from left, treasurer Jack Rademacher, vice treasurer Larry Buchanan, chairman Mike Richardson, first vice chair Glenda Hicks and second vice chair Blake Sempkowski.

Hamblen GOP elects new officers

Posted on February 28, 2015 at 10:10 pm

The Hamblen County Republican Party met on Saturday morning for its executive committee meeting. The meeting was held to elect new officers to carry the torch for another big upcoming election cycle for the next two years. Mike Richardson was elected the new party chairman. Glenda Hicks will serve as first vice chair while Blake Sempkowski won the seat of second vice chair via ballot voting facing competition from David

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  • Website: Morristown top four safest Tennessee city

    Posted on February 28, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    At the tail end of one of stranger sequences of weather the Lakeway Area has seen in quite some time, comes some comforting news for Morristown residents. The website, www.Homeownersinsurance.com and it’s homeowner’s blog, Square One, recently named Morristown the fourth safest city in Tennessee in terms of severe weather. The work, done by blogger Shannon Ireland, ranks the state’s cities based on lightning, hail, tornado and flood damage. “Analysts

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  • After two weeks of winter weather, Lakeway Area in line for brief respite

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Michael and Lulu Mayes put the finishing touches on their snow sculpture of a white Siberian Tiger.  With warmer days ahead, the Lakeway Area is expected to get a break from weeks of snow and ice.

    If the Lakeway Area can outlast one more cold temperature day, a warmer and wetter March looms near according to the National Weather Service in Morristown. Meteorologist Jessica Winton said temperatures for Friday will remain cold and in the lower 30s for much of the area. The evening could see some action of flurries in the area, but the air should remain dry with lows in the 20s preventing accumulation.

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Janice Swartfiguer stands behind the counter at the new Buffalo Trail Pizzeria. The menu colorfully decorates the wall behind her.

Buffalo Trail Pizzeria bringing New York pizza to Morristown

Posted on February 28, 2015 at 6:25 pm

New York style pizza is available in Morristown, via the recent opening of Buffalo Trail Pizzeria – “home of the giant slice.” The restaurant features a cheery interior, with bright orange walls in the ordering area and equally bright green walls in the dining area. The entire front of the eatery contains large glass windows that allow natural light to pour in, adding to the cheeriness. The eatery believes in

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  • Redbud Deli off to successful start

    Posted on February 22, 2015 at 12:04 am

    Celebrating the recent Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at the Redbud Deli are from left, Chamber ambassador Cookie Larkin (ALPS Adult Day Services), Chamber Chair Pete Barile, Jessica Cameron, Leslie Pratt, Daniela Smith, owner Wallace Long, Andy Williams, owner Lisa Long, Chris Williamson, Chamber ambassador Amber Campbell (Life Care Center of Morristown) and Abagail French, in front.

    During his official greeting at the recent Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting held at Redbud Deli, new Chamber Chair Pete Barile confessed that although he eats there at least twice a month, he was unfamiliar with the back story of its founder and co-owner, Lisa Long. A biographical primer provided by Lisa, however, enabled Barile to educate the large crowd gathered in cheery eatery. Lisa grew up living

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  • Woolf-McClane opens law office at Millennium Square in Morristown

    Posted on February 14, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Celebrating the new law offices of Woolf-McClane at Millennium Square in Morristown are front row from left, 2015 Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce Chair Pete Barile, Kevin N. Perkey, Dale C. Allen, Carolyn Allen, Dean T. Howell, Daniel J. Moore, Dennis R. McClane, Joseph A. Kimmet and J. Keith Coates Jr. Second row from left are Tony R. Dalton, O.E. “Sonny” Schow IV, Randy Miller, J. Eric Butler and Gregory C. Logue.

    Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Chairman Pete Barile used the opportunity of a new business ribbon cutting to underscore a key goal for his 2015 tenure: encouraging community pride. Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen and Carpenter PLLC hosted an open house on Feb. 11 at their recently acquired offices at Millennium Square in downtown Morristown. The firm was formed in Knoxville and has offices in Sevierville as well.

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Technology

Editorial

A bad deal with Iran is worse than no deal

Posted on February 28, 2015 at 9:45 pm

U.S. efforts to cut a deal with Iran over its development of nuclear materials now have about them the stench of desperation. If this is to be the crowning achievement of President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, this nation and the Middle East are in deep, deep trouble. In the round of talks just ended in Geneva on Feb. 23 it appears the U.S. has given up on

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  • Lakeway Area first responders and public workers go beyond call of duty

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    The entire Lakeway Area owes a giant debt to many people for their efforts the past two weeks as we’ve gone through some of the worst winter weather East Tennessee has seen in years. From the time the first snowflakes fell, state, county and city road crews were out trying to make driving safe, or even possible, for motorists who needed to get to work, to the grocery store or

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  • Republicans should shut down the possibility of a shut down

    Posted on February 26, 2015 at 10:22 am

    At a time when terrorists call for attacks on U.S. shopping malls, congressional Republicans are plunging ahead with plans to kill the budget for the Department of Homeland Security on Friday. Madly irresponsible, the GOP firebrands threaten to stop paychecks for 230,000 workers in hope of forcing Democrats to join them in repealing President Obama’s order relieving 5 million undocumented immigrants of the fear of deportation. The Democrats will never

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