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Murderer Jason Holt is escorted into the courtroom  Wednesday.

Holt pleads to Down Home killings

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Jason Holt, 38, pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree murder and two counts of second degree murder, sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. In May of 2013, Holt robbed the Down Home Pharmacy in Bean Station for pills to feed his addiction. However, after being given pills, Holt lined up three employees and one customer execution style and shot them. Two people were killed and

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  • Mason Machinings celebrating 50 years

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Three generations of the Mason family hosted the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Tuesday evening at Java Garden in Morristown. From left, Mason Fishburn, Rick Fishburn, Beverly (Mason) Fishburn, Zach Mason, Imogene Mason and Xan Mason celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Mason Machining.

    Take Mason jars filled with hard candy as parting gifts, combine them with 50 years of hard work and live music on the patio of Java Garden in downtown Morristown, along with a crowd of friends and business cohorts and you’ve got a party. The Mason family, including the in-laws, threw a well-attended celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Mason Machinings on Tuesday evening by hosting a Morristown Area Chamber

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  • Hidden Treasures Academy holds fund raising banquet

    Posted on September 30, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Hidden Treasures Academy program participant Will, dances during a rendition of the famous Kool and the Gang song “Celebration.” HTA held its annual fundraising banquet last week.

    For one special night last week a “celebration” ensued recognizing a group of people often forgotten. Hidden Treasures Academy, a postsecondary educational program for adults with mental or developmental disabilities held its second annual banquet at First Presbyterian Church in Morristown. During the banquet, a portion of the students “Von and the Gang,” performed a rousing rendition of the famed Kool and the Gang classic “Celebration.” The handbell choir, under

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Business News

Pending beer and liquor licenses, the round bar at Sakura Morristown will seat 20 and features several flat screen televisions. The Japanese steak house offers booth and table seating and flat screens throughout.

Sakura Japanese Steak House opens Morristown location

Posted on September 27, 2014 at 6:41 pm

The tale of the restaurant soft opening gone viral is a familiar one to Morristown. Word of a new eatery, especially one that offers a break from the usual fare, tends to spread quickly across the city. Johnny Lin, who started Tops China Buffet nearly 10 years ago and operated it for several years prior to selling the business and moving on to develop a regional Japanese restaurant brand, is

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  • Studio Se7en fitness gym expands clientele

    Posted on September 20, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    The staff and instructors at Studio Se7en Fitness are ready to help new clients reach their goals.

    Where there’s no fear, there are no limits and no excuses. That’s the motto of the new Studio Se7en fitness gym by owner Crystal McKinney. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because McKinney is also the owner of Avalon Athletic Club off Morris Boulevard. She created Studio Se7en to expand her fitness reach and open more space for classes and new clientele. Studio Se7en is located in the former KaTom

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  • MHA cuts ribbon on Computer Learning Center

    Posted on September 13, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Celebrating the official opening of the Morristown Housing Authority Computer Learning Center on Kennedy Circle in Morristown are from left, MHA Learning Center Coordinator Pat Hayward, MHA Deputy Director Leigh Shepherd, MHA board member Mike Giles, Morristown Ambassador KC Alvarado,  Morristown Chamber Chairman Roni Snyder, MHA board member Susie Washington, MHA Executive Director Marilyn Medley, Stepping Out Inc. representative Melanie Owen and Morristown Chamber chaplain, the Rev. Gary Brewster.

    Already dubbed “the people’s learning center,” the newly installed Morristown Housing Authority Computer Learning Center on Kennedy Circle invited local service organizations to participate in its recent official ribbon cutting. Along with staff and volunteer ambassadors with the Morristown Chamber of Commerce, MHA Executive Director Marilyn Medley’s invited guests included representatives from the Tennessee Career Center, Habitat for Humanity, Stepping Out Inc., Tennessee Community Assistance Corporation, Lincoln Heights Elementary School,

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Technology

Editorial

Panther Creek renovations an epic failure

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 11:29 am

It should be the shining jewel in Hamblen County’s crown. It should be the spot people come from all over to visit, a perfect little camping spot in a perfect little park in the heart of one of the most popular tourist regions in the world. Instead the campground at Panther Creek State Park is a quagmire and the worst part is state taxpayers shelled out more than a million

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  • All nations should be responsible for stopping Ebola

    Posted on September 30, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Since Sept. 8, the death toll from the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has grown from about 1,900 to well above 2,600 — an increase of more than 36% in less than two weeks. Perhaps the world should have realized earlier that this wasn’t another small outbreak, and should have responded more vigorously. Perhaps most countries hadn’t taken into account the fact that the World Health Organization’s budget had been

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  • Lax security at White House contributed to complacency

    Posted on September 29, 2014 at 10:20 am

    A 42-year-old intruder entered the White House Friday in less time and with less trouble than a tourist waiting in line for a guided tour might encounter. Iraq war veteran Omar Gonzalez, who apparently suffers from mental problems, scaled the 7-foot spiked fence that surrounds the White House, ran across the front lawn and walked inside through an open door where he was stopped by a security guard. Fortunately, President

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