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Barbara Whitt scheduled to be released Christmas Day

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 11:48 am

The woman convicted of the largest reported theft in Morristown history – more than $1.5 million from First Baptist Church – is scheduled to be released on Christmas Day, according to officials. Barbara Dean Whitt, 73, is preparing for her freedom at a federal reentry-preparation facility in Nashville, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Most of the money she stole funded the painkiller habit of her son, 47-year-old Michael

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  • Speedway Children’s Charities hosts Night of Giving

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Christmas started early for a group of youngsters and the Speedway Children’s Charities was their Santa Claus. At this years’ Night of Giving, the children’s charities, known as the SCC, gave the Friends of Hospice of the Lakeway Area organization $6,000 for the children of the Camp Healing and Understanding through Grief Support, or Camp H.U.G.S. The weekend camp helps children ages six to 17 cope with the death of

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  • Rotary AM takes 100 students on a shopping spree

    Posted on December 18, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Volunteers Jane Johnson, left, and Chanda Parker Byrd help “Jay” pick out the perfect tie during the annual AM Rotary Shopping Spree held Dec. 17 at Wal-Mart at Crockett Square shopping center in Morristown.

    Mark Hurst, Morristown AM Rotary Club president, was the go-to man at Wal-Mart at Crockett Square on Wednesday morning. With the exception of a few illnesses, nearly 100 students in Hamblen County Schools were excused from classes to fulfill Hurst’s year-long plan to have themselves a merry little Christmas. Beginning at 8 a.m., buses picked up students from half of the 10 schools involved in the club’s annual shopping spree

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Donna Brazell, owner of Delaney Jane’s Boutique & Gifts in Morristown, with the store’s Angel Tree, as part of the Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund. Brazell said it has been an honor to host a tree for the first time.

Delaney Jane’s Boutique & Gifts display Holiday Hope Fund Angel Tree

Posted on December 13, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Donna Brazell, owner of Delaney Jane’s Boutique & Gifts in Morristown, has gotten more than one blessing out of a new-to-2014 holiday item in her store. The simple tree that holds the red and white cards that serve as ambassadors to the Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund has been in her store since November and has brought joy to both the retailer and her customers. The tree’s arrival at Delaney

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  • Masengill Springs Workout Anytime off to healthy start

    Posted on December 13, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Finding an unused area to hold an official celebration was a challenge at Workout Anytime on the morning of Dec. 11. The new facility located in Masengill Springs was a hub of activity during a time that most fitness centers would consider off hours. By 9 a.m., the center was filled with the sounds and sights of healthy physical activity. “The response from the community has been fantastic,” General Manager

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  • Christopher’s new practice to anchor Masengill expansion

    Posted on December 10, 2014 at 11:30 am

    An Appalachian Design Services rendering of the future expansion at the Masengill Springs site.

    Construction has begun on the second phase of development of the Food City-dominated Masengill Springs complex off West Andrew Johnson Highway, Morristown developer Michael Bunch announced Tuesday afternoon. The anchor tenant in a new 21,000-square-foot building on the east side of Masengill Springs will be the osteopathic practice of surgeon Dr. Ronald G. Christopher, the doctor confirmed Tuesday. Christopher says nurse practitioner Ginger Withers, who has an established pain-management practice,

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Holiday Hope Fund in need of funds

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 10:49 am

The boxes have been packed and delivered. The boxes of food, the staples of a classic holiday meal, are ready to be cooked. The toys await the big day, ready to be opened and played with. It would seem the big work of the Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund is done. However, despite the bare Angel Trees no longer burdened with Christmas wishes, there is plenty of work left to

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  • Combination of budget cuts and tax raises is the only thing to help deficit

    Posted on December 18, 2014 at 11:25 am

    In a letter to its members, the American Assocation of Retired Persons once again pleads with senior citizens to urge Congress to keep hands off benefits for the elderly. The true way to mend budget problems is “trimming tax loopholes or wasteful spending,” it says. That’s bunk, and AARP knows it. Tax loopholes and government waste come nowhere close to the kind of budget angst that will be necessary to

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  • Donations to the Holiday Hope Fund help those in need

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Imagine a child, say a girl, perhaps age 5 or 6. The girl has heard about Santa Claus and knows the rules about naughty and nice, so she has been extra good. What she doesn’t know is that out in the real world her parents don’t have the money to buy her any gifts. She could be in for a sorrowful Christmas morning. Imagine a child, say a boy, about

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