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County budget meetings begin Thursday

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 11:56 am

Hamblen County budget committee meetings for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 will begin Thursday evening, as commissioners plan to discuss items related to the General Fund, along with special requests and other needs. Mayor Bill Brittain presented what he described as “a broad brush look” during his budget review presentation to commissioners on May 21, after the regularly scheduled meeting of the body. “This is pertaining to requests by various county departments;

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  • Johnson honored during EMS Week

    Posted on May 27, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Bobby Johnson has been a member of the Morristown-Hamblen EMS team since 1985, a year after the organization’s inception.

    Last week was National EMS Week, and, to celebrate, the Morristown-Hamblen EMS department recognized the service of its longest-standing member and the history of the organization. Morristown native Bobby Johnson was the department’s third employee, hired in 1985, a year after the organization began. He became involved with the Morristown rescue squad in his high school years as a part of a Boy Scout Explorer Program. After graduating from Morristown-Hamblen

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  • Program honors those that protect America

    Posted on May 26, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Members of the Cocke County High School ROTC Color Guard stand ready during Monday’s program.

    Cocke countians turned out Monday to memorialize veterans of all wars. The program on the courthouse steps was presented by the local Disabled American Veterans Chapter 102 and Amvets Post 75. Local elected officials and the Cocke County High School Navy Junior ROTC also participated. Mark Boesch, senior chief of the Cocke County ROTC, was the guest speaker. He reminded attendees that Memorial Day has been observed in the United

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Consultant Mary Pankiewicz recently talked about changing habits to clear a cluttered mind.

Mind over clutter: Pankiewicz offers path to conquer cluttered mind

Posted on May 23, 2015 at 5:00 pm

A long weekend calls for either completely forgetting we have jobs or perhaps taking the time to reconsider the way we approach our work days. A few weeks back, local consultant, speaker and author Mary Pankiewicz addressed a capacity crowd at the Morristown Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn on the topic of “Creating the Organized Mind, Reducing Mind Clutter.” Retail developers, lawyers, bankers, local government staffers and directors of

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  • Jana’s School of Gymnastics, Dance and Cheerleading finds new location

    Posted on May 18, 2015 at 10:59 am

    A cheer team supports a flyer’s efforts at Jana’s School of Gymnastics, Dance and Cheerleading.

    From the first forward roll to cartwheels and front tucks — no matter how challenging the cheer routines or tumbling exercises become — the girls are always flying high in Jana Samsel’s eyes. During a lifetime of honing her own award-winning techniques and 23 years of teaching gymnastics, dance and cheerleading in Morristown, Samsel has found that training on the mats supports the life skills her students use every day.

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  • Father, son duo open Cameron Farms in Rutledge

    Posted on May 9, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Andy Cameron stands in front of the big red barn, a Rutledge staple for many years that is now operated by Andy and his father, lifelong Grainger county farmer Mike Cameron. The business is operated under the name Cameron Farms.

    A partnership between father and son, Mike and Andy Cameron, has resulted in the surprisingly quick success of their business venture, Cameron Farms in Rutledge. The partners learned of the opportunity to take over the former Ritter Farms operation in March and opened the doors to the big red barn’s country store in April. “Business is picking up every day. The last few days have been good,” Andy Cameron said.

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U.S. infrastructure is crumbling

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 11:17 am

America’s ingenuity is crumbling from years of neglect. Many expansive highways and impressive bridge spans – once the pride of our industrial nation – have reached the end of their safe lifespans. And many leaders who saw the thrill in building the infrastructure now lack the courage to invest the necessary funds to maintain the roads and bridges. For more than 20 years, federal gas taxes – which pay for

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  • More answers needed in death of Argentine prosecutor

    Posted on May 26, 2015 at 10:53 am

    An Argentine prosecutor working on an explosive investigation of government intrigue and conspiracy wound up dead in his Buenos Aires home hours before presenting his case to that nation’s Congress. Now it seems the case Alberto Nisman spent years pursuing may never have its day in court. That would be only the latest in a long line of related tragedies. Last Tuesday, a federal judge formally closed the investigation Nisman

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  • Obama’s promise to degrade and destroy ISIS falling short

    Posted on May 23, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Just last Friday, the Pentagon assured us that the terrorists of ISIS were on the run. Not to worry. By Monday, ISIS had overrun the key city of Ramadi, leaving bloody, smoldering bodies in its wake. Could the Obama administration possibly believe its own rhetoric? Or do we now officially have a Soviet-style government that lies through its teeth to its people with no sense of irony or guilt? Whatever

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