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Newsweek latest publication to recognize West

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 11:59 am

Morristown-Hamblen High School West has been ranked among the top high schools in the nation, again. Earlier this year, West was ranked 10th in the state by the Washington Post and 13th in the state by U.S. News and World Report. Now, school officials have been notified that the school is again highly rated in the latest Newsweek rankings which will appear online later this month. “We’re very blessed and

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  • New warrants served in water poisoning of child

    Posted on September 2, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Due to a gag order in the case, information is limited but a superseding indictment has been filed in the case of a Hawkins County couple accused of forcing a child to drink water and grape soda to the point she suffered water poisoning and died. The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Department served warrants on Randall Lee Vaughn, 42, and his wife, Mary Lavonne, 59, both of Ridge Haven Drive, Surgoinsville,

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  • Upgrades to Morristown Regional Airport completed

    Posted on August 30, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    From left, councilmember Bob Garrett, assistant city administrator Buddy Fielder, councilmember Gary Chesney, councilmember Kay Senter, Morristown Air Service owner Ben Williamson, airport commission member Charlie Hurt, city administrator Tony Cox, airport commissioner Denise Terry, airport and county commissioner Louis  “Doe” Jarvis, Karen Hughes, AOPA volunteer; Jodi Barnard with the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce and councilmember Dennis Alvis.

    A multi-tiered project that’s been two years in the making is complete at the Morristown Regional Airport. The work will improve pilots’ ability to fuel and allow the city’s airport commission to move ahead and finalize the contract with its chosen fixed base operator. Assistant City Administrator Buddy Fielder said the project is really three in one. “It’s a small security project, an apron expansion and then the upgrade and

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Business News

The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new lakeside housing development to Dandridge this week, the gated community Boulder Crest. From left, are Max Fultz, Chair of the Economic Development Oversight Committee; Daryle Keck, President CEO of  Chamber; Jeremy Lawson, Chamber Board; Eric Rose, Owner and Builder of Bouldercrest; Glen Glafenhein, Developer at Honors Reale Estate Services; Jim Williams, Realtor with Honors Real Estate; Bob Jarnagin, Chamber Board; Doug Hodge,  Developer of BoulderCrest Villas and Will Glafenhein, Realtor with Honors Real Estate.

Boulder Crest housing development opens on Douglas Lake

Posted on August 30, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Sitting on a peninsula on Douglas Lake just off the Dandridge town limits is the brand new private housing development, Boulder Crest. The new development is managed by Knoxville based Honors Real Estate Services, a real estate sales and development firm with more than 130 years of experience in East Tennessee. Honors Real Estate held a ribbon cutting ceremony last week with the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce to show

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  • The Meeting Place draws crowd for ribbon cutting

    Posted on August 23, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    The Meeting Place

    When Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman Roni Snyder described The Meeting Place as being located in a beautiful building that has been restored in a wonderful manner on Aug. 1, she wasn’t overstating facts. The large room on Morristown’s Main Street level features a comfortable amount of seating that is surrounded by antiques and collections from yesteryear, creating a pleasant atmosphere for any number of gatherings. The Aug. 1

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  • A rosy view on life: Brad’s Flower Shop opens on 25E

    Posted on August 16, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Participating in the July 29 ribbon cutting at Brad’s Flower Shop,  hosted by the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce, are from left, Bill Sanders, Chamber ambassador; Dr. Gary Brewster, Chamber chaplain; Nancy Wells, Chamber ambassador; Donna Coldiron, Carol Kapnick, Debbie Hyder, co-owner Kirk Kaufman, Bette Joy Field, Marie Cunningham, Chamber ambassador; co-owner Brad Kaufman, Jerry Kloos, Terry Kloos, floral designer; Marshall Ramsey, Morristown Chamber president and CEO; Dale Pendland and Karen Capshaw, Morristown ambassador.

    Two brothers have a rosy view on life, thanks to a combined entrepreneurial goal that has joined retail interests near Exit 8 off Interstate 81 in Morristown. Brad and Kirk Kaufman opened Brad’s Flower Shop on the southbound side of 25E, Davy Crockett Parkway, in the spring of this year. The Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the business’ new membership into the Chamber on July 29 by hosting an

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International journalists face danger

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 10:44 am

The horrifying murder of American journalist James Foley by Islamic extremists has shocked the world and provided chilling evidence of the brutality of the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or ISIS. The video released Tuesday of a masked terrorist beheading the freelance photojournalist is the latest atrocity of the group whose members have overrun parts of Iraq and Syria, as they rape, slaughter and plunder scores of

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  • Defeating ISIS will require cooperation and leadership

    Posted on August 30, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    An attack Friday on a mosque in Iraq and the subsequent fallout is indicative of the problems the United States, its allies and the Iraqi people will have as they try to eliminate the threat posed by the radical Islamists of ISIS — the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The Associated Press reports that at least 64 people were killed in the attack on a Sunni mosque, which prompted

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  • Be vigilant against data breeches

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 10:32 am

    When you are sick or injured, the security of your personal information probably is not top of mind, so it adds a distressing dimension to the news that hackers were able to bypass security measures for Community Health Systems Inc., potentially affecting 4.5 million patients. Franklin-based CHS is the nation’s largest hospital company in terms of number of hospitals, with 206 nationally and 19 in Tennessee. Unfortunately, CHS is added

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