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Asbestos hearing ends; sentencing scheduled in January

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 11:54 am

U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer has almost all the information he’ll have before imposing sentence on Morristown businessman Mark Sawyer and four others for asbestos-related crimes committed at the former Liberty Fibers site in Lowland. Attorneys for Sawyer, Eric Gruenberg, Newell “Nick” Smith and Milto and Armida DiSanti have until Dec. 4 to submit their closing arguments in writing. The sentencing is scheduled to occur on Jan. 21, 2015. Greer

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  • Capps: CTAS says Jarvis appointment correct

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Hamblen County Attorney Chris Capps said that the appointment of County Commissioner Louis “Doe” Jarvis to the Hamblen County-Morristown Solid Waste System Authority Board was properly done and needed no revision. Speaking at Thursday’s commission meeting, Capps addressed a question that had arisen concerning the number of votes Jarvis’ appointment received. State law says that a majority of the commission must approve such an appointment. In Hamblen County’s case, that

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  • West View teacher earns National Board Certification

    Posted on November 20, 2014 at 11:37 am

    West View Middle School teacher Suzanne Romines was surprised Wednesday by central office staff and her principals for earning her National Board Certification.

    After obtaining a distinguished title, Suzanne Romines is virtually free to teach anywhere in the country, but she plans to stay right at home at West View Middle School. Romines was surprised in her classroom on Wednesday by her principals and central office staff for becoming a National Board Certified Teacher. National Board Certifications distinguish teachers as the best among their field. Director of Schools Dr. Dale Lynch told her

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Helton named president of Jefferson Chamber

Posted on November 16, 2014 at 3:34 am

The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce has selected Darrell Helton as its next Executive President and CEO. Helton is currently the Jefferson County Finance Director. He made a formal announcement of his plan to resign from the position during the county commission work session meeting. Helton was one of three finalist chosen by the chamber’s board of directors and was named to the position last week. Helton will succeed former

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  • Mills and Williams partner to open new venture

    Posted on November 16, 2014 at 3:32 am

    Two individuals who were often seen together in the halls of Lakeway Regional Hospital are back together again, this time at a new health clinic for patients with chronic medical conditions. On Oct. 16, Priscilla Mills, former chief executive officer at LRH, and Dr. Bill Williams, long-time Morristown general practitioner and current hospitalist at LRH, began a new venture called Ridgecrest Medical LLC in Bartlette Place on West Morris Boulevard

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  • Hamblen County manufacturers honored at Rose Center

    Posted on November 8, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    The Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce and the Industrial Services Council honored 17 Hamblen County manufacturers during the 2014 Industrial Appreciation Breakfast held Nov. 5 at Rose Center Prater Hall in Morristown. In addition, a number of companies were acknowledged for significant anniversaries they celebrated during the past year. They included Besturnings, Cherokee Metal Products, Flav-O-Rich, Jones Fiber Products, Mason Machinings Inc. Meritor Inc., Motion Industries, Petosky Plastics, Pioneer Plastics

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Bird protection laws lax for wind energy companies

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 11:17 am

It turns out alternative energy companies, supposedly kinder than kind to Mother Nature, have some dirty not-so-little secrets. At least one of them wants to keep it that way. Americans learned last year that President Barack Obama’s administration had given the wind energy industry a break no one else gets. Federal laws intended to protect some birds, such as bald eagles, were not being enforced against the firms. That led

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  • We should consider ways to help homeless children

    Posted on November 20, 2014 at 11:04 am

    With the cold weather comes acute awareness of how many people we pass on the street who have no place to go — no hot dinner to warm their bellies, no hot water to wash away the cares of the day. No warm bed to crawl into. We could debate at length the reasons people wind up sleeping in the streets or bouncing from place to place — the nation’s

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  • Obamacare language challenge going to Supreme Court

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 11:41 am

    MIT economist Jonathan Gruber’s insulting comments about Obamacare and the “stupidity” of American voters, recorded in 2013 but only widely publicized this week, reinforce the wisdom of the Supreme Court’s decision to take up another challenge to the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Gruber, if you’ve missed the controversy, admitted to a crowd of academics that the architects of Obamacare (he was one of them) misled Americans to sell

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