Local News

Husband accused of trying to hire hit man to kill ex-wife

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 11:35 am

A Morristown man who allegedly wanted his ex-wife killed to cure his onerous financial and familial circumstances was arrested at the East Andrew Johnson Highway Days Inn after meeting with an FBI informant he believed was a hit man, officials say. The FBI charged Thomas Michael Smith, a 33-year-old man who has two children with his ex-wife, with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Smith made his initial appearance this morning

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  • Lakeway Area bracing for cold snap; possible freeze

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 11:34 am

    The National Weather Service has issued freeze watches and warnings for the entire Lakeway Area through Sunday morning. A Canadian high pressure system moves into the region tonight through Sunday morning, allowing much colder air to settle in. As a result, several hours of at or below 32 degree temperatures are likely. The NWS typically issues a freeze warning when low temperatures of 32 degrees or less are expected for

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  • John Hay holds musical fundraiser

    Posted on March 26, 2015 at 11:53 am

    John Hay Elementary School in Morristown held a fundraiser for Ahnaf Morshed, a fourth grade student who has been diagnosed cancer free after a long battle with the disease. The program was presented by grades three, four and five and included dancing and singing as entertainment for the audience of parents and fellow students.

    Ahnaf Morshed, a fourth grade student at John Hay Elementary School in Morristown, was diagnosed with lymphoma last fall. As of last week, he has been declared cancer free. “He’s had a long struggle,” Matthew Drinnon, principal of John Hay Elementary, said at a fundraising event Wednesday afternoon. “We’re obviously so thankful that he has recently been declared cancer free.” The proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Morshed and

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Business News

Need a job? Call center survey participation first step to getting on major employer’s radar

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 11:50 am

Do you like to talk on the phone? Do you like to help people? Would you like to get paid to do these two things? Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce officials have indicated that two corporate call centers have expressed interest in moving to Morristown. One of the two is seeking more information on its potential workforce through an online service that will gauge the interest of prospective employees, according

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  • CC Belle clothing store about both fashion and experience

    Posted on March 22, 2015 at 1:55 am

    CC Belle offers a wide variety of colorful clothes and accessories, including its popular own line called Gypsy Marie. CC Belles new location is 1112 East Andrew Johnson Highway in Jefferson City.

    After the death of Amanda Swiney’s sister Crystal, Amanda was at a loss being without the one person who brought so much happiness and good spirit into her daily life. Crystal, more affectionately known as “CC,” had an unparalleled love for life in spite of the daily challenges her cerebral palsy and epilepsy created. CC’s cerebral palsy made it very difficult for her to have mobility. Her strength and courage

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  • AT&T launches Digital Life service in Hamblen, Grainger and Jefferson counties

    Posted on March 14, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Celebrating the AT&T launch of Digital Life in Hamblen, Grainger and Jefferson counties at its College Square Mall store in Morristown are from left, Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce ambassadors Ralph Ozmun and Amanda Campbell, Chamber Chair Pete Barile, Regional Director Alan Hill, State Sen. Steve Southerland, Retail Sales Manager Steve Harris, State Rep. Jerry Sexton, Product Manager John Maddox, Asst. Retail Sales Manager Robert Pezza and Morristown Mayor Danny Thomas.

    A business affair joined the other morning activities on Friday at College Square Mall in Morristown. As mall walkers made their way along the concourse and vendors began constructing their Citizen Tribune Home Show exhibits in the midway spaces, representatives from the community gathered at the mall’s AT&T store for the official launch of its Digital Life service in Hamblen, Grainger and Jefferson counties. “One of the best parts of

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Technology

Editorial

Obama trying to bypass Congress in Iran talks

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 10:50 am

Because the facts of this matter are so astounding, let’s make sure we have this straight. President Barack Obama is attempting to deny Congress a voice on a possible deal being negotiated with Iran that has huge national security implications. At the same time, the media is reporting Obama may submit such a deal to the United Nations Security Council for approval. The implications of this are simply staggering. With

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  • Congress attempts to balance budget cuts with defense spending

    Posted on March 26, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Congress generally has little trouble achieving broad agreement on defense spending. One reason is a well-established and, indeed, almost reflexive belief that throwing more money at the Pentagon will solve the security challenges that America faces. That general inclination is still there; what is not there is agreement, especially among the ruling Republicans, on how to do it this time. The party’s defense hawks seem perfectly willing to tap into

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  • Mandatory voting would change elections

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 11:45 am

    On March 18, President Obama suggested that, rather than build up more and more barriers to voting, the country make the act of casting a ballot mandatory. “If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country,” Obama said, calling it potentially transformative. And, of course, that’s exactly why some would oppose the idea. The Associated Press reported that “less than 37 percent of eligible voters

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