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Traffic signal coordination project set to begin

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 12:52 pm

After many months of planning, the grant-funded $1.42 million traffic signal-coordination project on East Morris Boulevard and West Andrew Johnson Highway will begin in the coming weeks, city officials say. The Morristown City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to award the contract to Nashville-based Stansell Electric Company. Morristown Utility Systems’ FiberNet Internet cable will allow Stansell employees to synchronize 24 traffic signals through Morristown – including a pair of signals

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  • Jobless rates fall across the Lakeway Area

    Posted on October 24, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Unemployment rates across the Lakeway Area continue to fall, dropping to an average of 7.98 percent in September. Unemployment rates in August were at 8.8 percent and were 9.3 percent in July. While rates dropped in every county in the Lakeway Area, they are still high in Hancock County which fell to 10.3 percent in September from 11.3 percent in August. Hancock County is also among the highest in the

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  • Man accused of scamming elderly woman out of $75,000

    Posted on October 23, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    A habitual Morristown scofflaw with a three-page rap sheet was jailed again Wednesday for his alleged most elaborate charged offense to date, authorities say. Joshua Dan Calfee, 35, was charged with fraud-related theft over $60,000, but the actual amount he allegedly swindled from a 71-year-old Morristown woman tops $75,000, according to Detective Lt. Vicki Arnold with the Morristown Police Department. Arnold said this morning she believes the woman’s “mental and

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Lisa Long, owner of the Redbud Deli in Morristown, demonstrates the eatery’s concept of “deliciously fresh.”

The Redbud Deli opens in Morristown

Posted on October 25, 2014 at 7:53 pm

The updated, fresh look that The Redbud Deli has brought to the Morristown building in which it is located goes right along with the eatery’s concept. Lisa and Wally Long recently opened the restaurant at 345 E. Economy Rd. that serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday with a staff of 12 and a “deliciously fresh” attitude. “We aren’t fast food, we are fresh food for busy people,” Lisa said.

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  • Workforce Investment Area acknowledges development

    Posted on October 19, 2014 at 2:58 am

    During the Oct. 8 meeting of the Smoky Mountains Area Workforce Investment Area board of directors, attendees were witness to how WIA grants are changing the face of business and industry. Sevier County Bank and Alcoa Howmet in Morristown were acknowledged by the board for applying the grant funds to real-time needs in workforce development. “This gives us an opportunity to bring employers we work with before the board to

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  • The Hot Spot opens in Morristown

    Posted on October 11, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Joanne Sams, left, and Craig Copley, owner, have opened The Hot Spot at 3211 E. Andrew Johnson Hwy. in Morristown, featuring pizza and specialty dishes seven days a week, along with Karaoke and live music on the weekends.

    Entrepreneur Craig Copley is not afraid of a challenge, especially when it comes to opening his first restaurant, The Hot Spot in Morristown. Just getting the doors open on Sept. 1 required nine months of renovations at the site at 3211 E. Andrew Johnson Hwy., which formerly housed a cosmetology school. “There was nothing here as far as the kitchen goes. We had to re-do everything to get it up

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Paranoia won’t ease Ebola fears

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 11:34 am

It’s been said quite a bit, but undoubtedly it’s not been said enough: the hysteria surrounding Ebola is far worse than the reach of the disease — at least for now and most likely forever. The possibility of an Ebola epidemic should be taken seriously, without a doubt. The Center for Disease Control and health care leaders across the country need to work hand-in-hand to make sure the best, most

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  • Health insurance more complex for foster children

    Posted on October 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Once upon a good time, Tennessee social workers were responsible for making sure no child went without medical insurance coverage. That’s not true anymore, according to an in-depth report from The (Nashville) Tennessean’s Tom Wilemon. He said foster children have been locked out of the state’s extensive health care system. TennCare requires families to shop for health care insurance through the website healthcare.gov, but that site has no equivalent to

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  • Steps should be taken to make financial accounts more secure

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 11:58 am

    The 1960s were an amazing time. Civil rights activists notched major victories, U.S. astronauts landed on the moon and rock music was at a high point. But it was also more than four decades ago. No one would say we should go back to driving with leaded gasoline or watching three channels of television. So why do our credit cards still feature technology developed in that era? The magnetic strip

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