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Daily Bread founder Hobe Williams, standing,  welcomes U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, right, and Roe’s field representative John Abe Teague to the soup kitchen’s breakfast Wednesday.

Roe speaks at Daily Bread

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 11:44 am

Only a few people know U.S. Rep. Phil Roe is actually a pretty decent guitar player. After all, his skills were good enough to have him named the song leader of the congressional prayer breakfasts held every Thursday in Washington. While he was sans guitar as the guest speaker for the annual prayer breakfast held this morning at the Daily Bread Community Kitchen in Morristown, he did come with something

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  • Girls Inc. welcomes new director

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Jordan Burchell has been named the new Girls Incorporated Executive Director.

    The board of directors for Girls Incorporated of Hamblen County has announced Jordan Burchell as the permanent executive director for the non-profit organization. Burchell has been the interim executive director since the former title holder, Frankie Cox, left in June. Burchell has been a staff member with Girls Inc., since November as the program director. President of the board Nancy Guillen spoke on the board’s behalf and said, “Jordan has

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  • ALS Challenge raising awareness, dollars

    Posted on August 26, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Dr. Dale Lynch, director of Hamblen County Schools, takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Saturday during the first game of the Citizen Tribune Kickoff Classic as West principal Jeff Moorhouse watches.

    Unless you’ve been under a rock for most of August, you’ve seen people lining up to dump ice-cold water all over themselves while challenging their friends, neighbors, co-workers (and enemies), to do the same. But what’s it all about? The Ice Bucket Challenge is the brainstorm of Pete Frates of Beverly, Massachusetts. The former Division 1 Boston College baseball player was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. But what is ALS?

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The Meeting Place draws crowd for ribbon cutting

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 6:02 pm

When Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman Roni Snyder described The Meeting Place as being located in a beautiful building that has been restored in a wonderful manner on Aug. 1, she wasn’t overstating facts. The large room on Morristown’s Main Street level features a comfortable amount of seating that is surrounded by antiques and collections from yesteryear, creating a pleasant atmosphere for any number of gatherings. The Aug. 1

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  • A rosy view on life: Brad’s Flower Shop opens on 25E

    Posted on August 16, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Participating in the July 29 ribbon cutting at Brad’s Flower Shop,  hosted by the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce, are from left, Bill Sanders, Chamber ambassador; Dr. Gary Brewster, Chamber chaplain; Nancy Wells, Chamber ambassador; Donna Coldiron, Carol Kapnick, Debbie Hyder, co-owner Kirk Kaufman, Bette Joy Field, Marie Cunningham, Chamber ambassador; co-owner Brad Kaufman, Jerry Kloos, Terry Kloos, floral designer; Marshall Ramsey, Morristown Chamber president and CEO; Dale Pendland and Karen Capshaw, Morristown ambassador.

    Two brothers have a rosy view on life, thanks to a combined entrepreneurial goal that has joined retail interests near Exit 8 off Interstate 81 in Morristown. Brad and Kirk Kaufman opened Brad’s Flower Shop on the southbound side of 25E, Davy Crockett Parkway, in the spring of this year. The Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the business’ new membership into the Chamber on July 29 by hosting an

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  • Community celebrates BarcaLounger ribbon cutting

    Posted on August 9, 2014 at 5:33 pm


    Walking into a store full of relaxing furniture could be a challenge to the average Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce ambassador. It’s usually all business all the time for the volunteers who are lent by their employers to welcome new retailers, service companies and industries to Morristown and Hamblen County and taking a break in, say, a recliner might not be conducive to keeping the wheels of the local economy

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Strange or not, Ice Bucket Challenge for a good cause

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 9:59 am

A viral fundraising campaign — the Ice Bucket Challenge — is, ironically, the hottest thing on social media right now. People from all over the country have taken the challenge to dump buckets of ice water over themselves to raise money and awareness for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. It’s a simple concept: Donate $100

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  • Better education and medical supplies could stop Ebola

    Posted on August 26, 2014 at 10:43 am

    The news in America was joyful. Two brave American health professionals, Dr. Keith Brantly and Nancy Writebol, flown to the United States after they fell ill with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa, walked out of the hospital last week. Doctors say they have been cured. Many patients weren’t so lucky in Liberia, New Guinea and Sierra Leone, where fear, ignorance and a rudimentary public health system have been just

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  • ‘Leaders must step forward and be heard’

    Posted on August 25, 2014 at 11:19 am

    It was reported Monday that the city of Ferguson had hired a Chesterfield public relations firm that specializes in crisis management. As metaphors for the communications issues that have characterized the protests in Ferguson, this works very nicely. As the 10th night of protests approached, a few things had sorted themselves out. More remain unsorted. The family of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old whose death at the hands of a

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