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MUC will not raise rates despite TVA increase

Posted on August 30, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Despite the Tennessee Valley Authority announcing a rate increase on Aug. 21, Morristown Utility Systems will not raise its rates, according to MUS General Manager Jody Wigington. As part of his remarks during the utility’s regular reporting meeting to the Morristown Utilities Commission on Aug. 28, Wigington said the TVA increase of 1.5 percent will be effective Oct. 1 and is considered by MUS as a pass through increase, meaning

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  • Rash of DUIs reported

    Posted on August 30, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Six men were arrested in separate incidents Friday for driving under the influence in Morristown and Hamblen County. Around 3:10 a.m., Freddy Herberto Contreras, 24, of Reese Street, was charged with his first offense for DUI, as well as improper start, driving on a revoked license, no insurance and having an open container. Morristown Police Department officer David Klein stopped Contreras’ vehicle after he said he saw it driving erratically

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  • Interim tag removed: Purkey named TEMA director

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of David W. Purkey as a deputy commissioner of the Military Department where he will direct the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). Purkey has served as interim director of TEMA since the April retirement of Jim Bassham. He will also continue to serve as the governor’s Homeland Security advisor and assistant commissioner for the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

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The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new lakeside housing development to Dandridge this week, the gated community Boulder Crest. From left, are Max Fultz, Chair of the Economic Development Oversight Committee; Daryle Keck, President CEO of  Chamber; Jeremy Lawson, Chamber Board; Eric Rose, Owner and Builder of Bouldercrest; Glen Glafenhein, Developer at Honors Reale Estate Services; Jim Williams, Realtor with Honors Real Estate; Bob Jarnagin, Chamber Board; Doug Hodge,  Developer of BoulderCrest Villas and Will Glafenhein, Realtor with Honors Real Estate.

Boulder Crest housing development opens on Douglas Lake

Posted on August 30, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Sitting on a peninsula on Douglas Lake just off the Dandridge town limits is the brand new private housing development, Boulder Crest. The new development is managed by Knoxville based Honors Real Estate Services, a real estate sales and development firm with more than 130 years of experience in East Tennessee. Honors Real Estate held a ribbon cutting ceremony last week with the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce to show

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  • The Meeting Place draws crowd for ribbon cutting

    Posted on August 23, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    The Meeting Place

    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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Defeating ISIS will require cooperation and leadership

Posted on August 30, 2014 at 10:12 pm

An attack Friday on a mosque in Iraq and the subsequent fallout is indicative of the problems the United States, its allies and the Iraqi people will have as they try to eliminate the threat posed by the radical Islamists of ISIS — the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The Associated Press reports that at least 64 people were killed in the attack on a Sunni mosque, which prompted

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  • Be vigilant against data breeches

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 10:32 am

    When you are sick or injured, the security of your personal information probably is not top of mind, so it adds a distressing dimension to the news that hackers were able to bypass security measures for Community Health Systems Inc., potentially affecting 4.5 million patients. Franklin-based CHS is the nation’s largest hospital company in terms of number of hospitals, with 206 nationally and 19 in Tennessee. Unfortunately, CHS is added

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  • Three-tenths jump in ACT scores is a huge achievement

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Statistical analysis — figuring out what numbers mean — is a tricky business. That’s especially true when it comes to reporting on school children’s test scores. Tennessee’s high school seniors who graduated this year had a composite score of 19.8 on the ACT college readiness test, the state Department of Education reports. That was up three-tenths of a point over the previous year’s level, the biggest one-year jump since the

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